Course Registration

students at computerAdmitted to NMU? Registered for orientation? Great! Now you want to know about registering for your first semester courses. How course registration happens for you depends on your situation, so please read below to learn more about this next step. 

If you have been admitted for a summer term, course session dates vary in May and June. Please contact the Orientation Office (Academic And Career Advising) at 906-227-1707 for assistance with summer course registration.  Registration for summer courses opens in mid-March.

First-Year (Freshman) Students admitted in good standing or Transfer Student with less than 12 college credits (after high school graduation)

If you are admitted in good standing as a first-year student or you are a transfer student with less than 12 college credits taken after high school graduation, you will be assigned a block of courses through the First Year Experience (FYE) program. Your courses are based on your intended academic major (even if you are undecided.) Class blocks are course schedules developed by academic departments and professional advising staff. Each block provides a combination of courses related to your academic major and general education graduation requirements. Some blocks will be full-time, complete schedules; others will be partially complete. During orientation, you will be able to view your block courses and meet with an academic advisor to finalize your schedule. Learn more about the First Year Experience Program


If you are admitted on probation your block of courses will be determined at orientation. During orientation, you will take a placement tests to help determine placement in your first semester block of classes. Learn more about our probation program.

Transfer Student with more than 12 college credits (after high school graduation)

If you are a transfer student with more than 12 college credits after high school graduation and complete transfer student orientation online, you will sign up for classes as soon as registration opens for all students. If you attend the transfer student orientation held on NMU's campus, you will register for your classes during your orientation session with the assistance of your academic advisor. If you have questions about this process, please call the Academic and Career Advisement Center at 906-227-2971. 

Re-entry Student 

If this is not your first time attending Northern, you likely have already participated in orientation and may sign up for classes as soon as registration opens for all students, based on your credits earned. For help with registration or with any holds on your account, call the Student Service Center at 906-227-1221.