Frequently Asked Questions About the FYE Program

How many students get involved in the FYE Program?
The FYE Program is growing rapidly in size and popularity around the country. Currently, more than two-thirds of the incoming freshmen at NMU participate in the First Year Experience Program!

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Do I still have to register for classes at Orientation?
Only if your block includes a "choose a class". Then you will have to register for that one class. You still have to attend Orientation to take your placement exams, but your registration will already be taken care of by the First Year Experience Program! That means you have more time to get to know the campus and the area!

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What happens if I switch my major after being placed in a major specific block?
It may be possible to switch to a different block that is more suited to your field. If that is not possible, the classes that you are enrolled in can also be used towards the liberal studies requirements of your major.

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What if there is not a block for my major?
The courses that are offered within a specific block can always be used to fulfill the liberal studies requirements. If a block is not available that is major specific to your field, we may be able to add one class that meets one of the requirements for your major.

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Can I add a class to the block I am taking?
The option of adding a class to a block of courses is determined by your major. The classes chosen within a block is the recommended load for a first-semester freshman. This can be discussed more thoroughly with a staff member of the First Year Experience Program.

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How do I know who my advisor is?
If you have declared a major, your advisor will be assigned through the department you are majoring in. (The advisor's name will appear on your class schedule that is mailed to you, prior to school starting.) If you have not declared a major, there will be an advisor hold on your student account until you contact the Academic and Career Advisement Center (ACAC)at (906) 227-2971. (At this point they will assign an advisor to you).

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How is my Grade Point Average determined for admittance to Northern?
For admissions and scholarship purposes, NMU will use your highest ACT composite score and your overall cumulative GPA reported on your 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.

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If I am admitted on Freshman Probation or College Transitions, what does that mean?
If you are admitted on Freshman Probation or College Transitions it is required that you participate in a First Year Experience block. You will be grouped with students who meet the same criteria and who may need some additional assistance in making their first semester in college a success.

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How do I determine if I am admitted in good standing, on freshman probation, or college transition?
This information will be included in your acceptance letter from Northern Michigan University’s Admissions office. If you have questions or need additional information, you can contact the Admissions office at (906) 227-2650.

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Is the First Year Program for a full year?
No. This program is only for the first semester of college. The program is designed to help make a smooth transition into future semesters.

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What happens if I already have credit for a class that is being offered in the block I want to take? (Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, or Transfer Credits)?
If you have received advanced placement credits and you are still interested in taking a block of courses, we will work with you! We will substitute your advanced placement credit with the next level course.

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What are the benefits of taking a block of courses with the Freshman Seminar class?
Taking a block of courses gives students more of an opportunity to make friends, form study groups, and help each other make it through the first semester of college. The Freshman Seminar is a once-a-week course (which counts towards graduation) that is designed to inform students of expectations and college life. It is filled with activities and discussions to learn and have fun!

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