High School Student Opportunities

The Northern Promise:  Non-degree High School Options

Northern Michigan University provides several options for high school students to experience, and earn credit for, college courses prior to high school graduation.  For each of these options, students are considered to be in a “non-degree high school” status.  See admissions requirements below. College level credits earned in this status are fully applicable to NMU degree-seeking programs. It is important to know that each college or university has its own policies regarding transfer credit. We hope you will continue your college career at NMU after high school graduation and will be happy to work with you through the transition.

NMU Dual Enrollment:  A “dual enrolled” student is a student who is enrolled in high school and is also enrolled in NMU courses—on NMU’s campus or in an online NMU course—regardless of who is providing tuition and fee payment (family or school district or a combination). 

NMU Concurrent Enrollment: A “concurrently enrolled” student is a student who is enrolled in high school and is also enrolled in NMU courses—held at the high school (high school teachers deliver the course on behalf of NMU)—regardless of who is providing tuition and fee payment (family or school district or a combination).  Currently, NMU works with the school district to cover the cost of tuition and course fees.  Students may be responsible for the NMU application fee. Applications are available at participating high schools.

NMU MATMC Middle College Enrollment: A “middle college” student is a student accepted into the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College (MATMC) and is enrolled in NMU courses as part of that program.  NMU works with the MATMC regarding tuition and fee payment.  Applications are available from MARESA.

Enrollment Limits:  A maximum of 8 credits per semester in any combination of Northern Promise programs (dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, middle college).

Exceptions: Middle College students may take more credits during their final year in the program and will work with their adviser regarding a course plan.  Those under dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment wishing to take more than 8 credits in a semester should consult with their guidance counselor or NMU admission counselor about the criteria for requesting an exception. If an exception is granted, the student may enroll in up to 12 credits in that semester.

MARESA Career-Technical Education programming also provides opportunities for high school students to experience career-technical education at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex or other facilities.  During this program, students are not enrolled at NMU (so no admission process applies), but depending on a student’s performance in a course, may be eligible for NMU credit if the student continues as a degree-seeking student at NMU.

Non-Degree High School Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted as a dual/concurrent enrolled/middle college student at NMU, a student must have completed the 10th grade of high school and have a minimum 3.00 HS GPA.  The highest GPA reported on the high school transcript will be used in determining admission.  Standardized test scores, if available, are helpful, and academic performance in prior NMU or other college courses will also be considered. In cases wherein a student’s HS GPA is below 3.0, a student’s academic and other information provided by the school or MATMC will be provided to the Admissions Review Committee for consideration.  The decision of the Admissions Review Committee will be final.