At Northern, we make the application process for the home-schooled student easy. In fact, it nearly mirrors the application process for the traditionally schooled student. Homeschooled students must supply:
- A high school transcript. This transcript can be from a home school curriculum agency, or can be parent (or instructor) generated. If the transcript is parent or instructor generated, we ask that it contain a notarized signature of the person responsible for the official academic record so we can accept it as an official document. (What is a notary public and how do I use one?) The transcript should list courses completed and grades earned. A student may apply while their final coursework is still in progress, but we must receive a “final” transcript indicating date of graduation prior to enrollment at Northern.
That’s all there is to it! Our admission requirement for most programs is a 2.25 high school grade point average. Keep in mind that while this is the requirement for admission to the university, some departments have additional requirements as students progress through their programs. Contact the admissions office if you have questions.
Northern also offers an Honors Program for students who meet the criteria.
- 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. Homeschooled 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. Your parent can sign the form as your educator.
- Transcripts – Homeschooled student transcripts may be generated by a parent or instructor or may be supplied by a home school curriculum agency. Parent or instructor generated transcripts should be notarized as an official document.
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 - For purposes of admission and scholarships, NMU will use the overall cumulative GPA.