senior exercise program

Senior citizen applicants, aged 62 or older, are provided a full-tuition scholarship by Northern Michigan University. The scholarship covers tuition only for on-campus courses; it does not provide for books, fees, or tuition for off-campus or web-based courses. To be eligible for this program, the senior citizen should submit an application for admission (no application fee) to the Admissions Office.  Applicants only interested in participating in the senior courses listed below may choose to complete a paper Admissions Application available in The School of Health and Human Performance office located in suite 201 of the PEIF building. Senior course registration and consent form may also be completed at that time.

Senior citizens who wish only to participate in senior exercise or senior swim courses detailed below are asked to register for those specific courses in the School of Health and Human Performance Office, PEIF suite 201. All other courses need to register for courses in the Student Service Center, 2201 C.B. Hedgcock or online. 

Based on receipt of the Senior Citizen Scholarship award from NMU, students will not be eligible to receive additional university-funded scholarships and grants. This will include departmental scholarships but does not include departmental prizes that are awarded on an annual basis.

For information about tuition for off-campus or web-based courses and/or fees, go to

The School of Health and Human Performance offers senior program courses that include exercise and swimming courses.  Each of these courses is one credit. All students taking 6 or more credits are assessed fees.  

Participation Requirements

  • You must be age 62 at the start of the semester to enroll and participate in the senior programs.
  • Complete the NMU admission application (if not already done).
  • Sign a consent form available in the School of Health and Human Performance office, 201 PEIF Building
  • Complete a scholarship registration form each semester.

REMEMBER: You should consult with your doctor before participating in any exercise program.

Course Registration

To enroll in senior citizen courses, please go to the School of Health and Human Performance located in room 201 of the Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF). If you have additional questions, contact the School of Health and Human Performance at 906-227-2130.

Senior Citizen Courses

Senior Swim offered each semester 1:00-1:50 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: This course in water exercise enhances flexibility and cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Participants have a choice of a group “aqua-aerobics” activity in the pool or individual swimming in the dive tank. There is less strain on joints and ligaments so less chance for injury with this type of activity. In aqua-aerobics an instructor demonstrates the various exercises of arms, legs and core body. Session equals one credit of scholarship.

Senior Exercise offered each semester 10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m. either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays: Gentle stretching, muscle toning and aerobic exercises led by your own professional group leader. Emphasis is on balance functional activity. You work at your own pace/level and variations are given for individual ability as needed. This is an excellent complement to the senior swim program.   Each session equals one credit of scholarship.