Each university will have different deadlines for filing an application. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to be considered for admission. Using a calendar will help you keep track of all of the deadlines and how they relate to one another. If University A has a deadline of Dec. 1, but University B's deadline isn't until Feb. 15, then you know that you need to put your efforts into University A first. There is no need to procrastinate, though. Send in any materials as you prepare them so you won't be late. If a college is like Northern Michigan University, where there is not a set deadline for most students, it is a good idea to complete the application by the start of second semester. This will allow you to focus on the financial aid side of things (see step #4).
Some colleges offer early decision options. Deadlines for most early decision applications fall between Oct. 15-Nov. 15. NMU does not have early admission.
Applicants who have not attended any college or university after high school are considered first-year or freshman applicants.
Baccalaureate Program Admission: First-Year applicants seeking admission to a baccalaureate degree program will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:
- Will graduate from high school with a grade point average of 2.25 or better.
- Attain a minimum ACT composite score of 19 (writing test not required) or a minimum combined SAT score of 980 (out of 1600) on the math and critical reading sections (NMU is not currently considering the writing section for admission).
- Successfully complete core course work for secondary school preparation. Students who have earned a GED are also considered for admission.
Non-Baccalaureate Program Admissions: First Year applicants seeking admission into associate, certificate, or certification programs will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:
- Applicants may submit records verifying the achievement of the admission standards for baccalaureate programs; or
- Applicants must submit records verifying that they meet the specific admission requirements listed in the "notes regarding admission."
- Complete the undergraduate application for admission form. If you have previously applied, please notify the Admissions Office. We keep previous applications on file for one year. Students who are applying to be dually enrolled at NMU while still attending high school should also complete the dual enrollment-permission to enroll form available from the NMU Admissions Office.
Canadian citizens may complete the online application for admission and the supplement for Canadian students.
- Application Fee - Applicants may pay the $35 application fee online, or by phone (1-800-682-9797 or 1-906-227-2650) or may mail a check or money order. Application fee waivers and exceptions may be available.
- Transcripts - Request your official high school transcript(s), or GED score report and any college/university/trade school transcripts be sent to the Admissions Office. Transcripts from foreign post-secondary institutions must be sent to an external agency for evaluation.You must have an official transcript submitted directly from each institution you attended even if no credits were earned. Transcripts not issued in English must be accompanied by a same format, word for word English translation.
- Students requesting transcripts through Docufide (or MichiganCAP) do not need to enter the "Application ID" or "Application Tracking Number" when completing the request. We also accept electronic transcripts via Escrip-safe.
- High School Counselor Form - If you are currently in high school, and your counselor would like to provide additional information about your educational history or extenuating circumstances, please print the counselor form and take it to your guidance counselor for completion. *If you are requesting your transcripts via Docufide electronic transcripts, the eSSR can be submitted in lieu of the Counselor Form.
- Dual Enrolled- If you have been enrolled at a college while you were in high school, you must list that college and the number of credits on the application form. Please request that an official college transcript be sent directly from the college/university to the NMU Admissions Office upon course completion so credit may be granted.
- Test Scores - Request ACT or SAT scores to be sent to NMU. These may be on the official high school transcript or directly from the testing agency. (Exempt: students who plan to transfer 12 or more semester hours of college-level credit taken after high school; non-Canadian international students; persons who completed high school at least three years prior to semester of intended enrollment; and applicants to many diploma, certificate, and associate degree programs). Students applying for an education major should submit test scores regardless of exemption.
Secondary School Academic Preparation - Michigan students should follow the Michigan Merit Curriculum, and it is preferred that all students take core courses as follows: four years of English; four years of college preparatory mathematics; four years of social studies; four years of science; two years of language. Credits (1 semester = .5 credits) from these areas should total 12-16 by the end of the senior year. Beyond these core courses, students are encouraged to take courses or get experience in the arts and information technology.
High School Grade Point Averages - NMU will use the overall cumulative GPA reported on the high school transcript. If a high school computes more than one GPA (e.g. weighted and unweighted), we will use the higher of the two.
Standardized Achievement Testing - NMU will accept either the ACT or SAT results and will always consider the highest ACT composite or SAT combined score (math/critical reading) from a single test date for admissions and scholarship purposes if a student submits multiple test results. Writing scores are not required or considered.