Transfer to NMU

Michigan Transfer NetworkNMU is a transfer-friendly institution and courses transfer from regionally-accredited colleges and universities all over the country. If you have questions about transferring your coursework or need assistance with transfer planning, Northern Michigan University has transfer counselors available to assist you. See Transfer Credit Policies below.

Who is considered a transfer student?

The Admissions Office considers anyone who has attempted any college coursework after high school graduation a transfer student for admission purposes. If all college credit is earned prior to high school graduation, you are considered a first-year student. Find more information on early college credit here.


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Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Applicants who have attended any other college or university after high school are considered for admissions as transfer students. Applicants who have completed fewer than 12 semester credit hours (or 18 quarter hours) of college-level coursework after high school graduation will be reviewed based on both high school and college performance. College level credits earned during high school are eligible for transfer credit, however grades in those courses do not count toward the transfer GPA that we use in our admissions decision or transfer award consideration.

Applicants are admitted in good standing if they have a 2.00 overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale for college-level courses taken at all post-secondary institutions attended after high school and are eligible to return to the last institution attended. Academic departments may have additional requirements for admissions to specific programs. 


Transfer Scholarships

To help make your education more affordable, whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student, NMU offers a variety of merit-based transfer scholarships for admitted students who will be enrolled on the NMU Campus. If you are a veteran, dependent of a veteran, or have a parent/guardian or grandparent who is an NMU alumni you may be eligible for in-state tuition. Please visit our scholarship page to learn more about transfer scholarships. 


When to Transfer to NMU

We encourage students to apply at least one semester before they would like to transfer to NMU. This allows time to prepare for the upcoming semester. Please work with your transfer admissions counselor for an application timeline that works for you. We maintain a list of majors for which students should consider transferring to NMU after no more than one year at another college. It is a general list, and the amount of time a student can study at the institution depends on that college's course offerings and the structure of NMU's course sequencing for the major. See the list here


Transfer Credit Policies (For Transfer Students and First-Year Students with College Credit)

When the content of a transfer course is determined to be equivalent to a Northern course and the credits for the course are at least half that of the Northern course, the Northern course is awarded. If the transferable course has fewer credit hours than Northern's course, the lower amount is awarded.

Within a few weeks of being admitted to NMU, applicants will receive an evaluation of their submitted transcripts detailing their transfer credit. Generally, college level courses with grades of a C- or better from regionally accredited institutions will transfer.  Some departments require a minimum grade of C or better to count towards meeting degree requirements. Courses with grades of D+, D, D-, E or F will not be considered for transfer credit, nor will doctrinal religion courses.

Some departments require a minimum grade of C or better to count towards meeting degree requirements.  Students majoring in education who are completing the equivalent of NMU's EN 111, College Composition I, must earn a grade of C or better. Transfer students do not carry in their previous grade point average and will earn an NMU grade point average after the first semester of attendance.

Students transferring credit from two-year colleges may transfer a maximum of 90 semester credit hours and an additional 4 semester credit hours of physical education. In situations where more than 90 semester credit hours are completed at a two-year college level, the most applicable courses to a student's intended major are transferred. There is no maximum credit limit for four-year colleges or universities; however, the residency requirement of courses to be completed at NMU to earn a degree still apply.

In situations where students are seeking transfer credit for courses where there has not been an equivalency established or where there has been a significant lapse of time since Northern last evaluated the course, the student may be asked to provide additional information for use in determining the appropriate course equivalency.

* If the number of credits you will transfer exceeds the number of credits required to earn your NMU degree, please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss any potential impact on your scholarship and/or financial aid eligibility.

If you have specific questions, an admissions counselor can also assist you. Feel free to e-mail us at