2020 - 2021 Undergraduate Bulletin

Undergraduate Admissions Policies

Undergraduate Admission Policies 

Northern Michigan University seeks to admit students who exhibit potential to succeed in the program of their choice. Applications for admission to NMU are individually reviewed with strong emphasis given to grade point average in high school college preparatory subjects, standardized achievement test scores, strength of academic curriculum and/or college academic record. Northern also has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity for students whose previous academic experiences were less than satisfactory, but who can show other evidence of their potential for success. However, the university retains the right to exercise judgment as to the eligibility of applicants for specific courses of study.

A student may be admitted to the university in good standing, admitted on probation, admitted with restriction to a specific program, asked to take a pre-admission test or supply further information, or denied admission until the student can demonstrate potential for success at the college level. When a student is admitted, the admission is to the university, not into a particular academic degree program. Academic departments may have additional requirements for admission to specific programs. A student may be asked to agree to certain conditions as part of his or her enrollment. Applicants denied admission to the university may appeal to the Admissions Review Committee. 

NMU policy requires that admitted students must provide updated transcripts and continue to meet admission standards as they complete any additional academic work prior to enrolling at NMU. Applicants must disclose all college attendance and provide all college transcripts. The university also retains the right to withdraw an offer of admission or change the admission status if a student’s academic record significantly changes between the date of admission and enrollment or if the applicant falsifies or withholds information requested on the application for admission.

2021 Information

NMU’s freshman admission policy is under review. As we consider a permanent change to our policy, we have temporarily changed standardized test score requirements.  We will not consider SAT or ACT test scores in our review and admission decisions. This is often called “test-blind” admissions.

Freshman applicants for winter, summer or fall 2021 terms are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores for admission consideration. We will review your high school grade point average (GPA) only for general admission. Research shows that GPA is a better indicator of success in college.

If you have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.25 or higher, you will be admitted to NMU.

If your GPA is below 2.25, we will look at your courses and grades, your grade trend, the academic program you selected, and any other information provided, which could include test scores if you choose to provide them.  You may be admitted conditionally or, for some certificate and associate degree programs, admitted only to that specific program. If you are admitted “conditionally” it means you may enroll with the condition that you participate in required academic success programming.

You may need to provide your ACT or SAT score for certain limited programs and for scholarships.

Freshman (first-year) - no college/university attendance after high school graduation/GED

Baccalaureate program admission requirements:

  • High school graduation with grade point average of 2.25 or higher (4.0 scale)

(or equivalent GED completion);

  • ACT composite score of 19 or SAT Total Score of 990 (writing excluded) for those entering in Winter 2019 or later;
  • Successfully completed academic core coursework.

Associate, certificate, diploma-level or certification program admission requirements:

  • Meet standards for baccalaureate programs or meet the specific admission requirements for intended program. These vary and information can be found here.

Transfer - college or university after high school graduation/GED:

  • Cumulative college grade point average of 2.00 (4.0 scale) in all college-level courses taken after high school graduation/GED;
  • Eligible to return to the last institution attended;
  • High school GPA and test score requirements must also be met if the applicant has earned fewer than 12 college-level credits after high school graduation.

Re-entry - undergraduate students who have not been enrolled at NMU for at least one year:

  • Must be eligible to enroll based on the NMU Academic Proficiency Policy;
  • If suspended or dismissed from NMU following their last enrollment, must submit appeal to the Admission and Academic Policies Committee through the Academic and Career Advisement Center;
  • Students who attended other colleges or universities after their NMU enrollment must be eligible to return to the last institution attended.

Post-baccalaureate - hold a baccalaureate or higher degree and wish to pursue another undergraduate degree (in a field other than that of previous degree/s) or seek an initial secondary/elementary provisional teaching certification or take undergraduate courses for personal/professional development

  • Earned baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 

Non-degree (general) - enrollment in classes for personal/professional development and not to attain a degree or certificate:

  • Must have graduated from high school or earned a GED, or have earned a degree;
  • Must be eligible to enroll at last post-secondary institution attended;
  • Generally limited to a maximum enrollment of eight credits per semester.

Credit earned as a non-degree student may be applied toward degree programs after being admitted as a degree-seeking student.  Assessment will be made after receipt of an admissions application indicating desired academic program and all required documentation, and will be based on the transfer or post-baccalaureate requirements noted above. 

There are some special categories of non-degree enrollment with varying requirements and privileges:

Non-degree high school (dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, middle college) - enrolled in high school and wish to be enrolled in NMU courses prior to high school graduation:

  • Must have completed the 10th grade of high school prior to NMU enrollment;
  • Must have achieved a minimum 3.00 high school grade point average;
  • Limited to taking eight credits per semester.

Exceptions are possible based on various circumstances. Please see the Northern Promise section of the NMU website for details.

Non-degree post-baccalaureate – earned bachelor’s degree or higher but wish to take undergraduate courses for personal/professional development and not seek a degree or teaching certification:

  • Earned baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Non-degree guest – intend to apply NMU credit to degree at another institution where enrolled:

  • Must be regularly enrolled at and eligible to return to home college/university;
  • May not register as degree candidates at NMU;
  • Must have the NMU courses approved in advance by the registrar of their home institution;
  • Must arrange to have any credit earned to be sent to the home institution;
  • Are limited to a maximum of two regular semesters or 32 credit hours and must submit a new guest application for the second semester.

Non-degree international (exchange, English Language Institute) – Requirements vary for these programs, but a minimum requirement is attainment of the U.S. equivalent of a high school diploma or post-secondary degree.

International applicants must meet the academic admission requirements as noted above based on their status as a freshman, transfer, re-entry, post-baccalaureate or non-degree status.  There are some exclusions and also some additional requirements to satisfy U.S. immigration requirements:

  • Canadian citizens should meet ACT or SAT standards as noted above.  Other international applicants are excluded from this requirement;
  • Non-native speakers of English must prove an adequate level of English language proficiency for admission into an academic degree-seeking program;
  • Documentation of financial support must be provided.

You will find details about required documents, process and procedure here.