NMU's admission policy is test-free (test-blind).  This policy is now in effect and starts with winter 2021 and for all future semesters.

 

Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the test-free policy:

NMU's admission policies have always been shaped to serve our mission of providing access and fostering student success.  We ask: what are the indicators from applicants' history that best predict success at NMU?  It is appropriate to re-examine this question periodically.

During the fall 2019 semester, we undertook a large study looking at six years of NMU students' academic history.  We were preparing a recommendation to remove standardized test scores from consideration when the pandemic hit and barriers to standardized testing ensued.

Statistical evidence from national sources and our own NMU analyses indicate that high school grade-point average, not SAT/ACT scores, is the most reliable gauge of how students will perform in college.   NMU leaders quickly approved a temporary test-blind policy in response to the pandemic, and in fall 2020, we completed the formal proposal and approval process to make this test-free policy permanent.

 

Test-free and test-blind mean the same thing.  NMU will not use ACT or SAT test scores for making admission decisions.   This is different from a test-optional policy where you (the applicant) must choose whether or not you would like your test score considered in the admission review.

No. National higher educational studies, as well as our own analysis, shows that a student’s high school GPA is a much better indicator of future academic success than performance on a standardized test.  Our GPA criteria is based on years of data following students’ success and understanding which students may need additional support to achieve success.

No.

Freshman applicants with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.25 or higher will be admitted to NMU. For students whose GPA is below 2.25, NMU will do a more thorough review of their courses and grades, the academic program selected and other information to determine whether to admit them conditionally, with a requirement that they participate in academic success programming. 

Those appealing a decision may ask us to consider test scores as one of a number of factors, along with a personal statement, letters of recommendation and other information the applicant feels is relevant to their potential for academic success at NMU.

If you send in your test scores, we won't review them for general admission. We'll add them to your file, and note their receipt on your application checklist so you know we have received them. If you are appealing a deny decision and would like us to consider your test scores among other factors, we will do so. They will be on file in case there are other purposes for consideration such as for certain scholarships or for course placement.

We will record the scores in your file, and note their receipt on your application checklist so you know we have received them.  They will not be considered when making the admission decision.  

We'll consider the highest GPA listed on your high school transcript and use that for both general admission and merit scholarships.

For students whose GPA is below 2.25, NMU will do a more thorough review of their courses and grades, the academic program selected and other information to determine whether to admit them conditionally, with a requirement that they participate in academic success programming. 

Those appealing a deny decision may ask us to consider test scores as one of a number of factors, including an updated transcript showing improvement, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and other information the applicant feels is relevant to their potential for academic success at NMU.  We will look at many factors, including academic preparation, academic performance, motivation, resilience and resourcefulness. This helps us get to know your circumstances and determine your likely ability to succeed.  We may request additional materials to complete the review. Be sure to submit these as soon as possible, so we can complete the review and give you an admission decision.

No. You will need to send your final official high school transcript, with proof of graduation, before you enroll/attend classes.

You won't need to submit an SAT or ACT score for admission. You will need to submit information documenting English language proficiency, which could include official test scores, such as TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, SAT, etc.

No. You won't need to submit an ACT or SAT score.

No. If you're a homeschooled student, or if you have a passing GED score or other high school equivalency test score, we'll use that information for the admission decision.

For those entering in fall 2021, winter 2022, or summer 2022, we will offer some freshman scholarships based on high school GPA only, as well as scholarships that use both GPA and test scores as factors.

Yes, but there will be some scholarships awarded based on high school GPA only. 

For *2021-22, we will be transitioning from awarding all merit scholarships based on high school GPA and test scores, to offering some limited scholarships based solely on GPA.   At the time of admission, we will award scholarships based on the information we have received, but we will always take new information into consideration after admission and prior to enrollment.  This includes updated transcripts and test scores.  It is our intent to transition further in following years.  *Applicants for fall 2021, winter 2022, summer 2022.

Yes. As of this writing, the NCAA requires you to take the SAT or ACT to determine initial eligibility for participation in a Division I or II sport (the divisions offered at NMU).  When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 so your scores are sent directly to the Eligibility Center from the testing agency.   The NCAA is adapting on an on-going basis to the COVID-19 pandemic and there may be exceptions under NCAA rules for standardized test requirements.

Possibly. A math placement is required for all Bachelor-level programs and most Associate-level programs. Many students are placed into appropriate math and major courses based on their SAT or ACT math subscore. If a student has not submitted SAT or ACT scores, they will be contacted by their assigned academic adviser to complete further testing that will allow them to be in the courses that they need. More information about your specific placement or further testing will be provided during orientation. If you have questions about math placement, please contact the Academic and Career Advisement Center at 906-227-2971 or acac@nmu.edu.