Frequently Asked Questions

  • Wildcat WillyWhat is Superior Edge? Other universities have leadership programs, but Northern Michigan University is the only university in the U.S. that packs community engagement, diversity awareness, leadership development and real-world experience into one life-changing program.  Watch this video to find out more.
  • How do I get started?  After you attend a one-hour orientation session, we will upload your information, and you will be free to log hours from that semester on as long as you are registered as an NMU student.
  • Do I have to complete an edge/100 hours in a semester?  No, you have until you graduate from NMU.
  • How long do I have to log my hours?  Superior Edge participants have six months to log an activity.
  • Am I allowed to log back hours?  You are not allowed to log back hours.  You can start logging hours once you attend a Superior Edge orientation.
  • Can I count hours from the college I transferred from or from my high school?  No, only the hours obtained while enrolled as an NMU student count.
  • Can I be registered for more than one edge?  Yes, you can work towards as many edges as you want once you have attended a Superior Edge orientation.
  • Can I double count hours?  Unfortunately, you aren’t able to double count hours.
  • How can I log particular activities that are ongoing and consume many hours every week?  Keep a running total during the week and then log the total hours at the end of the week will be the easiest.
  • Can I use hours when I’m getting paid?  Yes, if your job has something to do with your major or minor, you can count it towards the Real World Edge.  If you’re a supervisor or manager at your job, you can count those hours towards the Leadership Edge.  
  • Does involvement in any student organization count?  It depends upon your role.  Is it a leadership position, pertinent to your major or minor, or is it a club or student organization that takes you outside your own comfort zone for diversity?  If so, then it would.
  • What is civic engagement?  Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.  It can include efforts to directly address an issue, work with others in a community to solve a problem or interact with the institutions of representative democracy.  (Pew Charitable Trusts)  Some examples of civic engagement include:  attending or working on community/political campaigns; government, ASNMU, non-profit, or board (i.e., NMU Board of Trustee, etc.) meetings; attending public hearings; serving on a jury; working at an election, etc.  To see what civic engagement opportunities we have available now, please click here.
  • What is diversity?  All characteristics which make people different from each other (something outside of your comfort zone).  Relating to those outside the groups to which you belong (i.e., age, ethnicity, socioeconomic class/income, gender, physical abilities/qualities, mental abilities/qualities, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, gender expression, educational background, geographic location, marital status, parental status, work experience, housing locale, etc.).  Are you looking for some possible opportunities?  If so, click here to find out more.
  • Where can I get theory and ethics to fulfill the Leadership Edge?  Theory and ethics must be learned in a formal setting such as a class, a presentation, a workshop ( - please look for LE near the title and then read the description to make sure it counts), or through training.  Ethics refers to learning about ethically leading or ethics in certain sectors of professional activities/jobs.  Examples of this could be Live Learn Lead, job training, or ethics classes such as nursing ethics, business ethics, ethics in teaching, etc. Theory refers to learning different and specific types of leadership theories such as servant leadership, democratic leadership, etc.  Examples of this could be participating in Live Learn Lead, workshops about leadership theory, or classes concentrating on leadership and types of ways to lead.
  • What do I include in my reflection paper?  You need to either write a reflection paper, which will be e-mailed to you, for each edge that you complete.  If you prefer, you can schedule an interview with one of our staff (e-mail  Please watch this video for more information.
  • Why can't I get into MyNMU to log my hours?  Please call the Superior Edge office at 906-227-6543 or e-mail
  • Once I finish my reflection paper, can I still log hours?  Absolutely!  We encourage you to keep logging hours.  Once you graduate, print out your logs to take with you.