Congratulations on your acceptance to NMU! We hope you are excited and ready to take the next steps to explore NMU or commit to becoming a Wildcat. Here are your next steps:

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Activate MyNMU

Activating MyNMU doesn't mean you're coming to Northern, but it will give you access to more information and next steps. 

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Register for Orientation

We want students to start their college career prepared for not only their first year at NMU, but for years to come. Throughout the year, we host a number of Orientation programs for our students to help integrate new students into the academic and co-curricular life of the institution, and connect students with the campus community.

Register for Orientation

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Plan Your Financials

Northern Michigan University’s Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping students navigate the financial aid process and advising students of other available financial resources to ensure appropriate funding. 

Housing and Residence Life is dedicated to student learning inside and outside of the classroom by creating unique communities for students to call home in the residence halls and on-campus apartments. Office staff, Resident Directors, Resident Advisers & Community Advisers work to make a difference in the lives of the students with whom they interact.

You're going to love it here. It's the perfect place to Start Your Story!

Matt Boswell unicycling

“I decided to come to Northern because I loved the area. I also loved the idea of smaller class sizes so that I can meet with the professors and have them know me rather than being one of thousands in the bigger schools. I also like how close everything as in its an easy cycle to get to good hiking spots or downtown.”

Matthew Boswell

Biochemistry major

Let Us Know How We Can Help

We have found that every student and family has different needs, so the steps listed below may vary for you in timing, order, or importance. No matter what your situation, please know your admissions counselor is here to listen and to help. Please contact your counselor if any questions arise.


If you are earning college credit prior to orientation, remember to request college transcripts and AP or IB exam scores sent to NMU. The earlier we receive these, the more helpful we can be in planning your first semester schedule and academic plan.

Let's stay connected!

Our student ambassadors are prepared to answer questions about their personal NMU experiences. Contact them to discuss why they chose NMU, what advice they may have, and more.