Northern Michigan University provides several options for high school students to earn college credit prior to high school graduation.  This includes dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and middle college enrollment.  For each of these, students are considered to be in a “non-degree high school” status.  College-level credits earned in this status are fully applicable to NMU degree-seeking programs and, as a regionally accredited university, credits earned at NMU are accepted at *most other universities. We hope you will continue your college career at NMU after high school graduation and will be happy to work with you through the transition.

Non-Degree High School Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of 10th grade
  2. Achievement of a cumulative 3.00 high school GPA or higher

Exceptions may be granted based on information provided by the student, high school or middle college staff.  Applications from students not meeting the GPA or grade level requirements will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee upon receipt of additional documentation.


NMU Dual Enrollment:  A “dual enrolled” student is a student who is enrolled in high school and is also enrolled in NMU courses on NMU’s campus or in an online NMU course.  Tuition and fee payment may be the responsibility of the student/family or school district or a combination. Applications are available here

NMU Concurrent Enrollment: A “concurrently enrolled” student is a student who is enrolled in high school and is also enrolled in NMU courses held at the participating high school and taught by NMU-approved high school teachers.  Usually the school districts cover the cost of tuition and course fees.  Applications are available at participating high schools or printable here.

NMU MATMC Middle College Enrollment: A “middle college” student is a student accepted into the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College (MATMC) and is enrolled in NMU courses as part of that program.  NMU works with the MATMC regarding tuition and fee payment.  Applications are available from MARESA and printable from here.

Enrollment Limits 

A high school student may enroll in a maximum of 8 credits per semester in any combination of Northern Promise programs (dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, middle college).

Exceptions: Middle College students may take more credits during their final year in the program and will work with their adviser regarding a course plan.  Those under dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment wishing to take more than 8 credits in a semester should consult with their school counselor or NMU admission counselor about the criteria for requesting an exception. If an exception is granted, the student may enroll in up to 12 credits in that semester.

Additional option

MARESA Career-Technical Education programming also provides opportunities for high school students to experience career-technical education at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex or other facilities.  During this program, students are not enrolled at NMU (so no admission process applies), but depending on a student’s performance in a course, may be eligible for NMU credit if the student continues as a degree-seeking student at NMU.

*Each college or university set its own transfer credit policies regarding how credits transfer in, and also how they apply to specific degree programs.