Winter Orientation

Students in SnwoWinter Orientation is a two-day event, designed for First Year Students, Transfer Students, and parents/guests. Click on the following links if you are looking for Transfer Online Orientation or the Global Orientation.

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 half the day learning about academics and preparing for course advising.  The second half of the day students will hear from different areas of the university including Student Activities, Public Safety, 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 offering information about Northern from a parent’s perspective. Some sessions will be strictly for parents and others will be combined with the student groups.

Students who are living on campus are able to arrange accommodations with Housing and Residence Life to move in early.  Unfortunately, accommodations are unavailable for parents and guests. (For more information on area lodging:

Our goal is for you to leave orientation prepared for your college career at Northern Michigan University. By the end of your Orientation you should be accustomed to Northern’s campus, policies, and have the tools and skills to carry you to graduation!