Wildcat Transfer Checklist

Your steps to NMU

  1. Apply now! Submit your application and send NMU all of your official college transcripts (also AP, dual enrollment, etc.), including current in-progress coursework. Less than 12 college credits after high school? Send us both your final high school transcript and college transcripts, too.
  2. Complete your FAFSA and have NMU's school code 002301 on your form.
  3. Set up your MyNMU account when admitted and start using your NMU email address.
  4. Register for orientation. You must either complete online Orientation or have in-person Orientation confirmed before you can register for classes as a new student.
  5. Meet with your dedicated academic adviser to discuss your course registration. Send NMU all current and updated college transcripts, AP scores, dual enrollment, and other coursework to have an accurate discussion of your degree plan. Call us when you're ready at (906) 227-2650 or email transfer@nmu.edu.

Upcoming Start Dates

Summer May 22
Fall August 28

Visiting students taking only one or a few courses and returning to their home institution click here: Guest Student Application Instructions


Transfer Credit Resources

  • Check prior college coursework equivalencies
  • Learn about how to transfer your prior college credits
  • Connect with a specialist in your major

Current NMU students looking for a course or two to take at another college or university for NMU requirements, please speak with your academic adviser first.

The Admissions Office considers anyone who has attempted any college coursework after high school graduation to be a transfer student for admission purposes. If all college credit is earned prior to high school graduation, you are considered a first-year student. Find more information on early college credit here.

Your Transfer Specialist

Click here to connect with your personal admissions counselor.

We can meet with you in person and virtually, or chat by phone and email to assist you however you need.

Kyler Phillips

"Northern's unique college experience is something that I will never take for granted. Being a transfer student and coming here from a community college, I almost regret not coming here sooner so I could take part in all that NMU and the Marquette communities have to offer students."

Kyler Phillips



Admission with Jon Teichman

Transfer Campus Visit

For students currently residing and studying in the United States: Transfer Students like you experience what life at NMU is like. Checkout your future on campus and see the beauty of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

  • Guided tour by a current student
  • Meet with an admissions counselor
  • Meet with a faculty member in your program
  • See campus housing options
  • And more options to choose from!

Students who are NOT in the US click here


Students working on laptops

Transfer Scholarships

Northern Michigan University offers a variety of transfer scholarships and financial aid for students who will be enrolled on the NMU Campus. 

  • Full-ride scholarship opportunity
  • Automatic merit scholarships, renewable
  • Competitive Foundation scholarships
  • Veteran, active duty, Reserve, and National Guard in-state tuition program
  • PTK Membership Scholarship of $1,000/year, renewable


Students in dorm room


Transfer Students at NMU take advantage of convenience in costs, location, and easily connecting with friends and the campus community. Get more information on our NMU Housing and Residence Life page.

  • Choose from residence halls or campus apartments
  • Live with students like you in a caring community
  • Get support from trained professional staff
  • Be near dining, recreation, and classes along with public transportation options and proximity to downtown Marquette

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer Credit Policies (For Undergraduate Transfer Students and First-Year Students with College Credit)

Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be sent to NMU*.  Joint Services Transcripts (JST) for military training are optional and consultation with a Transfer Specialist is recommended.

If a transfer course is equivalent to a Northern Michigan University course, a direct course equivalency will be granted even if the number of credits is different. Transfer courses must be at least one-half of the credit hours of their equivalent NMU course. You will receive up to the total external credit hours earned. For example, a course taken at a college that is 3-semester credits and equivalent to a course at NMU that is 4 semester credit hours will be shown on your Transfer Credit Evaluation for 3 credit hours of the equivalent course. Any non-semester credit, such as Quarter hours, will be converted to semester hours during the evaluation process.

Read the entire current Transfer Credit Policy on the University Bulletin below.

*If the number of credits you will transfer exceeds the number of credits required to earn your NMU degree, please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss any potential impact on your scholarship and/or financial aid eligibility.

If you have specific questions, a Transfer Specialist can also assist you. Feel free to e-mail us at transfer@nmu.edu.