General Information

Transfer Credit Evaluations are prepared based on the official transcripts received at NMU, based on our transfer credit policies.   Transfer credit policies can be found in the NMU Bulletin.

Students who have attended regionally accredited community colleges may transfer up to 90 semester hours of credit. There is no limit on the number of credits transferred from regionally accredited baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities. 

You will receive separate evaluations for each college you attended.   We will update these each time we receive new transcript information showing new courses you have completed.

We will create a TCE for AP, IB or CLEP exam scores.  Ask the test providers to send official exam results to NMU.

If your transfer credit evaluation is blank this could be due to the accreditation status of your previous school. Please contact a transfer admissions counselor ( for clarification of “regional accreditation” and how it affects the transferability of your coursework.  


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Credits & Grades

Your TCE will display all courses from prior transcripts received by NMU regardless of the grade earned.  NMU will grant credit for courses with a grade of C- or higher.

Prior grades and grade point averages are not computed into your NMU GPA. A new grade point average will be calculated using only courses completed at NMU. 

If there is a matching NMU course equivalent, that NMU course and credits will be noted.    

You may see "General Elective Credit" noted for some courses. If these fall into the area in which you intend to major, please contact Evaluation Services at 906-227-2234.  Your evaluation may need to be reviewed and revised by the appropriate academic department to apply your credits most appropriately.

If you have earned more than 90 semester hours at a community college and would like to change the courses on your TCE to include courses previously excluded, please contact Evaluation Services and they will be happy to work with you.


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Advising - Using Earned Credits Towards Your NMU Degree

You and your NMU adviser will use the information in your TCE (which also lives in your MyNMU account) for degree completion planning.

If an academic department requires courses to be completed with a grade higher than a C- in order to apply to a degree program, department rules supersede university minimum grade requirements.  

Understand how your credits fit into our General Education Program:

To successfully complete the General Education Program, students must complete ten (10) courses from the components listed above. Students must achieve a grade point average of "C" (2.0) or better across all ten courses to count toward the General Education Program requirements

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.   For example, if you completed a 3-credit course elsewhere that is equivalent to an NMU 4-credit course, you will have "completed" that NMU course, but the total credits required for the NMU degree must still be achieved.

If a transfer course has no direct equivalent, but could be taught by an NMU department, the course will be assigned departmental credit. The course may, at the department’s discretion, be used as a program elective.

If a course has no equivalent and no home department can be established, the course will be assigned general elective credit. The course can be used to meet the free or general electives available for most degrees. An attempt is made to designate courses with no NMU equivalents that can be used to meet the General Education program requirements.