Admissions Information for Transfer Students

If you attended any other college or university after high school, you are considered a transfer student.

If you enrolled in fewer than 12 semester credit hours (or 18 quarter hours) of college-level course work after high school graduation, your admission will be based on both high school and college academic records (college transcripts, high school transcripts, and ACT/SAT scores - see #4 below).

College-level credits earned during high school are eligible for transfer credit, however, grades in those courses do not count toward the transfer GPA that we use in our admissions decision or in the awarding of transfer scholarships.

Application Instructions

  1. Application - Complete the undergraduate application for admission form. 
  2. Application Fee - Applicants may pay the non-refundable $35 application fee online, or by phone (1-800-682-9797 or 1-906-227-2650) or may mail a check or money order.
    Application fee waivers and exceptions may be available.
  3. Transcripts - Request all official post-secondary (college/university/trade school) transcripts be sent to the Admissions Office from all institutions attended, even if no credits were earned.
    If you have been enrolled in less than 12 college-level credits after high school, please have your official high school transcript sent to NMU.

    Transcripts from foreign post-secondary institutions must be sent to an external agency for evaluation unless the school holds a U.S. regional accreditation. Transcripts not issued in English must be accompanied by the same format, word-for-word English translation.

    Electronic transcripts sent to NMU via Docufide and Escrip-safe and other secure electronic providers are considered official.
  4. Test Scores - If you have been enrolled in less than 12 college-level credits after high school, and you completed high school or the equivalent within the past 3 years, please have your official ACT or SAT scores sent to NMU.  Exception: Some certificate and associate degree programs do not require test scores for admission.

What happens next?

Transfer applicants are admitted in good standing if they have a 2.00 overall grade point average on a 4.00 scale for college-level courses taken at all post-secondary institutions attended after high school and are eligible to return to the last institution attended. Academic departments may have additional requirements for admission to specific programs.

Awarding Transfer Credit - Within a few weeks of being admitted to NMU, transfer applicants will receive an evaluation of their submitted transcripts detailing their transfer credit. Students transferring credit from two-year colleges may transfer a maximum of 90 semester credit hours and an additional 4 semester credit hours of physical education. In situations where more than 90 semester credit hours are completed at a two-year college level, the most applicable courses to a student's intended major are transferred. There is no maximum credit limit for four-year colleges or universities.*

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.

Questions regarding a transfer course evaluation should be directed to an NMU transfer admissions counselor. Call 800-682-9797 or send an e-mail to