Applicants who have not attended any college or university after high school are considered freshman applicants.
Baccalaureate Program Admission: Freshman applicants seeking admission to a baccalaureate degree program will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:
- Will graduate from high school with a grade point average of 2.25 or better in core courses.
- Attain a minimum ACT composite score of 19 (writing test not required) or a minimum combined SAT score of 900 (out of 1600) on the math and critical reading sections (NMU is not currently considering the writing section for admission).
- Successfully complete core course work for secondary school preparation. Students who have earned a GED are also considered for admission.
Non-Baccalaureate Program Admissions: Freshman applicants seeking admission into associate, certificate, diploma-level or certification programs will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:
- Applicants may submit records verifying the achievement of the admission standards for baccalaureate programs; or
- Applicants must submit records verifying that they meet the specific admission requirements listed in the "notes regarding admission."
- Complete the undergraduate application for admission form. If you have previously applied, please notify the Admissions Office. We keep previous applications on file for one year. Students who are applying to be dually enrolled at NMU while still attending high school should also complete the dual enrollment-permission to enroll form available from the NMU Admissions Office.
Canadian citizens may complete the online application for admission and the supplement for Canadian students.
- Application Fee - Submit the $30 application fee. Students may mail a check or money order (high school students can ask that their payment be included with the counselor form and transcript) or can pay by credit card by calling 1-800-682-9797 or 1-906-227-2650. You may also pay online. To apply for a fee waiver, please provide a letter of request and reason. This could be from the applicant, parent, guidance counselor, or agency aware of the financial situation.
- Transcripts - Request your official high school transcript(s), or GED score report and any college/university/trade school transcripts be sent to the Admissions Office. You must have an official transcript submitted directly from each institution you attended even if no credits were earned.
Transcripts from foreign institutions need to be sent to an external agency for evaluation, unless the school holds a U.S. regional accreditation or the student is pursuing an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Transcripts not issued in English must be accompanied by a same format, word-for-word English translation.
Students requesting transcripts through Docufide (or MichiganCAP) do not need to enter the "Application ID" or "Application Tracking Number" when completing the request. We also accept electronic transcripts via Escrip-safe.
- High School Counselor Form - If you are currently in high school, and your counselor would like to provide additional information about your educational history or extenuating circumstances, please print the counselor form and take it to your guidance counselor for completion. *If you are requesting your transcripts via Docufide electronic transcripts, the eSSR can be submitted in lieu of the Counselor Form.
- Dual Enrolled- If you have been enrolled at a college while you were in high school, you must list that college and the number of credits on the application form. Please request that an official college transcript be sent directly from the college/university to the NMU Admissions Office upon course completion so credit may be granted.
- Test Scores - Request ACT or SAT scores to be sent to NMU. These may be on the official high school transcript or directly from the testing agency. (Exempt: students who plan to transfer 12 or more semester hours of college-level credit taken after high school; non-Canadian international students; persons who completed high school at least three years prior to semester of intended enrollment; and applicants to many diploma, certificate, and associate degree programs). Students applying for an education major should submit test scores regardless of exemption.
Secondary School Academic Preparation - Michigan students should follow the Michigan Merit Curriculum, and it is preferred that all students take core courses as follows: four years of English; four years of college preparatory mathematics; four years of social studies; four years of science; two years of language. Credits (1 semester = .5 credits) from these areas should total 12-16 by the end of the senior year for NMU admissions purposes, and these are the courses used to recalculate the GPA for admissions purposes. Beyond these core courses, students are encouraged to take courses or get experience in the arts and information technology.
High School Grade Point Averages - NMU will use the overall cumulative GPA reported on the high school transcript. If a high school computes more than one GPA (e.g. weighted and unweighted), we will use the higher of the two.
Standardized Achievement Testing - NMU will accept either the ACT or SAT results and will always consider the highest ACT composite or SAT combined score (math/critical reading) from a single test date for admissions and scholarshippurposes if a student submits multiple test results. Writing scores are not required or considered.