Winter Orientation

Winter Orientation is a two-day event, designed for First Year Students, Transfer Students, and parents/guests.

Day one consists of check-in and other preparation activities.  Students will start by checking-in, picking up their laptops and taking photos for their ID cards.  Later that day students will take any appropriate placement tests to help them prepare for course selection the next day. (For more information on placement test please visit:

Day two is a very full day! Students will spend the first half of the day learning about academics and preparing for course advising.  During the second half of the day, students will hear from different areas of the university including Student Activities, the NMU Police Department, Dining, and Housing and Residence Life. 

Parents and guests will hear from the Dean of Students and the Director of the Academic and Career Advisement Center, providing information about Northern from a parent’s perspective. Some sessions will be strictly for parents and others will be combined with the student groups.

Living on Campus? You have the option to move in early if you contact Housing and Residence Life: Early move-in is available for Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th if you contact Housing and Residence Life ahead of time. Email housing at with your name, Identification Number and the date you want to move-in. There is a fee of roughly $30 per night, but you must contact Housing and Residence Life first. Unfortunately, on-campus accommodations are NOT available for parents and guests. (For more information on area lodging:

Our goal is for students and parents/guests to leave orientation feeling confident in what Northern Michigan University has to offer. By the end of Orientation, students will have begun the process of learning Northern’s campus, policies, and have the tools and skills necessary to carry them to graduation!

Winter Orientation 2020 Dates:
First Year Students: January 8-9, Wednesday-Thursday
Transfer Students: January 8-9, Wednesday-Thursday
Exchange Students: January 8-9, Wednesday-Thursday
Middle College Students: January 9, Thursday

Orientation Check-In and Parking Map
Coming soon!

EXAMPLE Winter Session Schedules
These schedules are for your reference only. Please note that schedules are subject to change. Students and Parents will receive a final schedule when they check-in at orientation.  NMU is in the Eastern Time Zone

First Year Students:
First Year Student Winter 2019 Orientation (.pdf)
Parent of First Year Student Winter 2019 Orientation (.pdf)

Transfer Students:
Transfer Student Winter 2019 Orientation (.pdf)
Parent of Transfer Student Winter 2019 Orientation (.pdf)

Exchange Students:
Exchange Student Winter 2019 Orientation (.pdf)
Parent of Exchange Student Winter 2019 Orientation (.pdf)

Middle College Students:
Middle College Student Winter 2019 Orientation (.pdf)
Parent of Middle College Student Winter 2019 (.pdf) - Please note that the Parent Orientation program is not a specific program for the parents of Middle College students. The Parent Orientation will encompass a broad spectrum of information, and will primarily include information focused on new full time students.