Mailing Options and Notes

Electronic PDF copies are available to NMU students or alumni who started attending NMU in 1994 or later. If this is an option for you, please consider receiving a PDF transcript verses the headache of mail and overnight mail costs.

Lost Transcripts - Northern Michigan University is not responsible for mail lost by the receiving institution. It is highly recommended that students follow-up with the receiving institution to ensure that transcripts are received and correctly routed.

Mailing Labels - If you are turning in paper forms, mailing labels are appreciated!

Institutional Mail Delivery - Mail processing at NMU is handled by the mail services division at our central receiving warehouse. All institutional mail, including transcripts, are delivered to and sent from the mail services/central receiving warehouse. This is the reason one day service requests must be received by 11 a.m. in order to go out in the mail on the same day. All transcript requests processed in the afternoon will not be mailed until the following business day due to these institutional limitations. The optional U.P.S. Overnight International Postage rate is $80.00.

Apartment Buildings - To ensure delivery to locked mail boxes, mailing addresses which include apartment numbers will be mailed using U.S. Postal Service express mail or U.S. Postal Service priority mail. 

Post Office Boxes - UPS will not deliver mail to post office boxes. If a post office box address is provided, transcripts will be mailed using the express services of the U.S. Postal Service.

Complete Mailing Address - You must provide a complete mailing address which includes a persons name [if applicable], school or company name, a street address, city, state and zip code. Requests that do not include a complete mailing address will risk delay and slow down the delivery by the U.S. Postal Service. NMU is not responsible for transcripts lost due to inadequate or incomplete mailing addresses.

Overnight/Express Delivery - 

  • Processing Time - All transcript requests are processed in the order received and on a first-come, first-served basis. Normal processing time is two or three business days. If you pay the additional cost of "Rush Service", your transcript will be processed within one business day and mailed USPS first class mail. Paying additional overnight or express postage does not guarantee faster processing. Rush Service transcript requests that include the additional costs for overnight or express postage will be mailed the same day if received before 11 a.m. EST. 
  • Cost - The fees listed for Overnight and/or Express Mail are for transcripts mailed within the continental United States only. These rates do not include Alaska, Hawaii, Canada or shipping internationally. The international cost is approximately $80 and takes two or three days by UPS. Please call ahead for information and costs outside the continental USA. International shipping must be paid to the Student Service Center prior to submitting request.

Tracking Numbers - NMU will not be held responsible for express delivery that is lost or delayed in the mail. Tracking numbers can be provided if the envelope does not arrive when scheduled or if the student wishes to seek restitution from the delivery service. If tracking your package is a necessity, you may provide your own pre-paid pre-addressed overnight mail envelope along with your transcript request. Please be sure to note your tracking number prior to mailing.

U.P. Delivery Addresses - Express delivery services to Upper Peninsula, northern lower Michigan and northern Wisconsin addresses are not particularly beneficial or cost-effective especially when mailing on a Thursday or Friday. Since there is no express delivery on the weekend, first-class mail will usually suffice at a more affordable cost.

Inclement Weather - During the winter months, Upper Peninsula weather can be unpredictable. Snow, wind and ice can slow or stop the transcript operations and/or mail transportation and delivery services. University closures due to inclement weather are posted on the web at