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The New Student Orientation Program provides comprehensive programs and services that facilitate the transition of new students to Northern Michigan University prior to the start of classes. All new students to Northern Michigan University are required to attend an orientation session prior to registering for classes. You will need to attend an orientation session to register for winter, summer or fall courses. Guest students who are only attending NMU for the summer semester are not required to attend orientation.

***As of March 23rd, per our Governor's order, we are staying in place and working remotely.  If you should have any questions or concerns regarding orientation, please send them to orient@nmu.edu during normal business hours (Monday- Friday 8:00am-5:00pm) and we will respond within one business day, if not sooner.  Thank you for your patience.*** 
***As of March 17th, NMU's New Student Orientation Program is continuing to plan for summer orientation sessions while also working on back-up plans, should the Coronavirus pandemic continue through the summer. We will be sure to communicate with registered students regarding significant changes as we are able. Thank you for your patience.***
Contact email: orient@nmu.edu


Summer/Fall 2020 Orientation

Only available for students beginning their NMU courses in May 2020 and August 2020:

Click here to register online!

First Year Students:
Monday through Wednesday, June 8-10
Monday through Wednesday, June 15-17
Monday through Wednesday, June 22-24
Monday through Wednesday, June 29 - July 1
Monday through Wednesday, July 6-8

Transfer Students:
Friday, June 5

Commuter/ Non-Traditional/ Veteran Students:
Friday, June 19

Online Transfer Orientation: Registration is now open. The Online Orientation session is now available.

Global Campus Students: 
Online Global Campus Orientation: Registration is now open. The Online Orientation session is now available.


Winter 2021 Orientation

Only available for students beginning their NMU courses in January 2021:

Dates coming soon!


Click here to register online for your Orientation session! 

Quick Facts - Orientation Placement Testing 

Placement testing for incoming students happens during our New Student Orientation sessions. Placement testing determines the level of study students are prepared to take at the college level.

  • Math placement testing is required for all first year students and some transfer students.
  • English placement testing is required for some first year students. 
  • Chemistry placement testing is required for Nursing majors.
  • Language placement testing is required for students interested in taking classes in (or majoring in) French, German or Spanish.

Click here for more information on placement testing. 

Have questions? 

Our office is open Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm. 

Contact us at: 

(906) 227-1707 or orient@nmu.edu 




NMU works hard to place students in courses that are appropriate for their skill levels. Some decisions are based on admission data while others are based on test scores. Read the information below to learn more about placement and placement exams. <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/orientation/courseplacement">Learn more about the different placement options</a>As students sign up and prepare for orientation, there will certainly be questions. We have gathered some of those questions on our <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/orientation/frequently-asked-questions">frequently asked questions page.</a> If you don

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New Student Orientation Program906-227-1707800-682-9797orient@nmu.edu