Wildcat Transfer Checklist

Use Transferology, a free online tool, to get an unofficial rundown on your college credit. See how close to a degree at NMU you could be! Add your prior schools, test credits, and military credits to see how NMU accepts them for transfer. Most college-level courses with a "C-" or higher grade from a regionally accredited institution will transfer. We accept up to 90 semester credits from 2-year colleges and no limit on credits from 4-year institutions. Read the full Transfer Credit Policy in the NMU Bulletin.

Apply now! Deadlines? NMU has rolling admissions, so apply when it's convenient for you! Check the semester start dates below to give yourself enough time to complete the process, though.
Send NMU all of your official college transcripts including current in-progress coursework (AP and early college or dual enrollment can be submitted after admission). Less than 12 college credits after high school? Send us both your final high school transcript and college transcripts, too.

Complete your FAFSA and find out if there is more financial aid eligible for you! Have NMU's school code 002301 on your form.

Set up your MyNMU account when you are admitted and start using your NMU email address.

Register for Orientation. Let's make your transition to NMU even smoother by leveraging your knowledge and skills in prior college classes! You must either complete online Orientation or have in-person Orientation confirmed before you can register for classes as a new student.

Apply for campus housing after you are admitted to NMU. Depending on your completed credit totals, age, and community interests NMU has something for YOU! Choose from residence halls and campus apartments.

Resources for off-campus housing: https://nmu.edu/dso/off-campus-housing

Meet with your Embedded Success Specialist (academic adviser) to discuss your course registration. Does NMU have all current and updated college transcripts, AP scores, dual enrollment, and other coursework? Have an accurate discussion of your degree plan with your adviser.

If you're not sure who to contact, call us when you're ready at (906) 227-2650 or email transfer@nmu.edu.

Upcoming Start Dates

Winter January 14
SummerMay 20 
FallAugust 26 

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 on Transferology
  • Explore guaranteed transfer pathways in select majors
  • Connect with a specialist in your major

Students currently at NMU: click here.

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 help you however you need.

Student in front of Wildcat statue in snow

"I decided to come to NMU because I was looking for a school where the professors cared about the successes of their students... NMU is the best choice I’ve made as a transfer student. The faculty and staff have been so supportive, and have helped me navigate the challenges as a transfer student."

Emma Carey



Admission with Jon Teichman

Transfer Campus Visit

Check out 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


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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.

  • Choose from residence halls or on-campus apartments
  • Live with students like you in a supportive community
  • Get support from trained professional staff
  • Be near dining, recreation, and classes!

NMU is the place for you! President Tessman is excited to share in the thrill of your journey.

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.