The Honors Program invites academically qualified, motivated students to apply. We request one letter of recommendation and a written personal statement. The letter of recommendation may be from a teacher, principal, coach, supervisor, or community member. (Transfer students who are currently enrolled at another university may submit a letter from a faculty member from that institution if they prefer.) All applications are evaluated holistically; there are no cutoff test scores or GPA requirements. 

The letter of recommendation can be e-mailed to or mailed to: Honors Program, Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855. If sending your letter of recommendation via email, we highly recommend the letter be in either a Microsoft Word document or PDF format. (Our system typically blocks our access to Google Docs.) In this highly competitive program, Northern Michigan University retains the right to exercise judgment as to the eligibility of the applicants. 

We appreciate your interest in the NMU Honors Program!

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Personal Statement

A vital part of your application to the Honors Program is your personal statement. Please tell us about yourself by answering one of the provided prompts. Limit your response to 300 words or less.

  • What is something that you've done outside of school that has shaped your view of the world? What have you learned from this experience?
  • If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be, and why? (This can be a character from literature, film, art or any other creative medium.)
  • If you were given the responsibility of revising NMU's general education system, what is one topic, subject, or issue that you would require all NMU students to study? Why?