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Let's Talk About What's Next! Finlandia University to NMU

Unexpected transitions can be difficult, but here at Northern Michigan University, we're ready to help make this transition as smooth as possible. 


NMU President Brock Tessman

Dear Finlandia Students,

Northern Michigan University students, faculty and staff welcome you to our University community. We know you have questions and big decisions to make as you navigate this transition.

At NMU we put student success at the center of everything we do and we want to support you in every way we can, so don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us.

To see if Northern is the best fit for you, contact our Admissions Office at 906-227-2650 or Staff are ready to connect you with NMU faculty, current students, academic advisors and staff in the various student service areas from which you may need assistance. We can also arrange for either in-person or virtual campus tours where you (and your family and friends) can learn more about us.

I know this is an unsettling time for you, but please know that there are many resources at Northern and the other schools working with Finlandia University to help you accomplish your educational goals. The journey to your college degree has taken an unexpected turn, but you’re still on your way toward that destination and Northern would like to help you if we can.

Brock Tessman, NMU President


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Things to Know

Finlandia University students currently attending in the 2022-2023 school year are guaranteed admission to Northern Michigan University for either the Summer 2023, Fall 2023 or Winter 2024 enrollment terms.  

Contact the Admissions Office to get started. 906-227-2650 or


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What can you expect during your transition to Northern Michigan University?

  • Support from your NMU admissions counselor though the application process
  • Waived application and orientation registration fees
  • Consideration for merit based scholarships
  • Michigan Resident Tuition Rates 
  • Academic program planning and course registration support from NMU staff

Frequently Asked Questions

NMU is waiving the admissions requirements for currently enrolled Finlandia students who would have been eligible to return to Finlandia University.  This is an important common policy that ensures institutions are in a position to best serve students who are in a position to make academic progress toward their degree and do not have any disciplinary suspensions active at their former university. 

Finlandia staff will confirm that students wishing to attend NMU would have been eligible to return to Finlandia.

NMU's admissions application is very simple. It's one form that allows the Admissions Office to receive and process all of your information quickly. NMU does not require an essay, letters of recommendation or standardized test scores for admission.

NMU is waiving the admissions requirements for currently enrolled Finlandia students who would be eligible to return there.  Just complete the application form, and when we receive your transcripts and information from Finlandia, you will be admitted to NMU. 

NMU offers select programs 100% online through the Global Campus. However, you may have options to finish your program at a distance, even if a program is not listed. You can contact the Global Campus at 906-227-1200 or to discuss an online path to finishing your degree. 

Yes! NMU welcomes students who were planning to attend Finlandia University as an incoming student for Fall 2023 to apply to NMU!  Here's what you can expect during your transition: 

  • Support from your NMU admissions counselor through the application process
  • Waived application and orientation registration fees
  • Consideration for merit based scholarships
  • Assistance navigating the financial aid process from the NMU Financial Aid staff

Please contact NMU's Admissions Office to get started, or 906-227-2650

Orientation is a great way to get familiar with NMU's campus, community and processes.  Our transfer orientation is designed to build on your college skills and knowlege - we know you have already experienced college.  Plus, as a transfer student, you can complete orientation online! 

Find session information here.  Instead of registering online,  please call the Orientation Office at 906-227-1707 to register so they waive the orientation registration fee. 


Check out this resource that describes the scholarships automatically awarded to transfer students who meet the stated criteria upon admission to NMU.  

Those entering NMU as a first-time new freshman will also find information here.

The NMU Financial Aid Office staff will be happy to discuss other aid available to you.  If you filed a FAFSA for the 2023–24 award year identifying Finlandia as the institution you would be attending and need the information forwarded to another institution, visit to make changes to your filed application.  NMU's Title IV code for the FAFSA is 002301.