Admissions Criteria

Students in front of Jamrich HallAdmission requirements differ depending on the status of the applicant (first-year student, transfer, etc.) and the level of academic program. The "apply by student type" pages describe the credentials considered, the admission requirements and the application procedures for each applicant status and program level in more detail.

Secondary School Preparation

Michigan students should follow the Michigan Merit Curriculum, and all students are strongly encouraged to 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 world language

Beyond these core courses, students are encouraged to take  courses or get experience in the arts and information technology.

Computation of 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. For applicants with a GED earned prior to January 2014, the “score average” is equated to a grade point equivalent for admission and scholarship purposes. GEDs earned after January 1, 2014, will be reviewed based on new guidelines and will not be equated to a GPA.

Computation of College Grade Point Averages

In calculating the grade point average of transfer students, Admissions computes college-level courses only, using credits attempted and honor points earned.

Standardized Achievement Testing

All applicants for baccalaureate programs (and some certificate and associate level programs) must take the ACT or SAT.  NMU accepts results of either test and considers them equally for admissions and scholarship consideration.  NMU will accept either the "old" SAT (2015 or earlier) or redesigned SAT (beginning in 2016).  We will always consider the highest equivalent composite or total score of all provided.  We consider each test administration separately (we do not "superscore").  We do not require the ACT writing test or SAT essay.  ACT and SAT scores are considered official if provided on the official high school transcript or sent directly from the testing agency.

Exceptions to the test policy are granted to those who: (1) will have earned 12 or more semester hours of college-level credit taken after high school graduation; (2) are international students other than Canadian; (3) are persons who have been out of high school for three years or more; and (4) are applicants to some associate, certificate, and certification programs.

Students intending to pursue an education program should provide their ACT/SAT scores even if exempt as noted above.


Baccalaureate Program Admission Criteria

Degree-seeking new freshman applicants will be admitted to baccalaureate level programs if they complete all of the following:

  • Graduate from high school with an academic grade point average of 2.25 or better;
  • Attain a minimum ACT composite score of 19 or a minimum 990 SAT Total Score (for those applying for Winter 2019 and later; previously 980).
  • Successfully complete 12-16 credits (1 credit = equivalent of full year) of core academic courses.  These may include courses in English/literature, mathematics, science, social studies and world language.  While we look for evidence of preparation for success in college level work, an applicant will not be penalized for slight deviations from this list or number of courses.

Non-Baccalaureate Program Admission Criteria

New freshman applicants seeking admission into associate degree or certificate programs will be admitted if it can be determined that they will be able to benefit from an academic program at this level. This determination can be made in one of two ways:

  • 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 here.


Admission decisions are made on official documents. Applicants should request that official transcripts be sent directly to the NMU Admissions Office (1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855) from each high school and college/university/trade school attended. Students who have earned a GED must have an official score report sent to NMU from the testing center.

Electronic transcripts via Parchment/Docufide and escrip-safe and other secure transcript providers are considered official and may be submitted electronically directly to the NMU Admissions Office through those systems. Please check with your high school guidance office, or college records office, to determine if your school participates with any of these service providers.

If you have completed secondary or post-secondary academic work at a non-U.S., non-Canadian* institution:

  • Request official, original transcripts of ALL secondary and post-secondary academic work, which could include official certificates showing results of any standardized examinations taken in your home country ("O" levels, "A" levels, etc.), and submit directly to NMU Admissions.
  • Submit all non-U.S., non-Canadian* secondary and post-secondary academic records to an external agency for a credential evaluation. A "Course-by-Course" report --or equivalent--must be selected. NMU uses the information on the report to help determine admissibility and any transfer of credit. (NMU will notify you if a subject analysis report is needed to determine transfer credit.)
  • Exceptions:  If you have completed more than the equivalent of 12 U.S. college level semester credits after secondary school completion, you may submit only post-secondary transcripts to NMU and to the external credential evaluation agency.

If, at the time of application to NMU, you have course work in progress at a non-U.S./non-Canadian* institution, you must also submit your additional documents for evaluation upon completion of your current study. There may be an additional fee to the agency for this. Upon receipt of the final report, NMU will review your admission status again to insure that you meet admissions requirements.  *An evaluation of credits may be requested for some Canadian institutions' documents.  Evaluations may be waived for some international schools affiliated or aligned with U.S. institutions or IBO World Schools. NMU will notify applicants regarding any exceptions.

NMU accepts evaluations from these three agencies (and others may be considered if part of NACES):

1. Education Credential Evaluators (ECE)  This service allows applicants to submit their official educational documents only once--to ECE.  NMU would then receive the verified documents from ECE along with the credential evaluation.

2. World Education Service (WES)  Students may elect to order the WES ICAP service.  This service allows applicants to submit their official educational documents only once--to WES. NMU would then receive the verified documents from WES along with the credential evaluation.

3. North American Educational Group (NAEG)


Application Fee Exceptions and Waivers

The application fee of $35 (undergraduate) may be paid online, by mail (check or money order), or by phone (credit card) by calling 1-800-682-9797 or 1-906-227-2650.

In cases of documented financial hardship, a fee waiver request may be made. NMU considers requests made via standard fee waiver request forms such as the NACAC Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver, College Board Application Fee Waivers, or forms the high school may have on file verifying eligibility for Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch programs (FRPL). These may be submitted via mail or fax (906-227-1747).

Upon request, NMU will waive the application fee for those on active military duty or who are veterans. Enter the appropriate code in the online application fee section or contact our office.