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International Undergraduate Application Instructions

To apply to NMU as an international undergraduate student, follow these five steps:

  1. Submit your application for admission
  2. Pay your $35 application fee
  3. Submit your official academic documents
    1. SpanTran - use this NMU evaluation application
    2. ECE – select the “course by course report”
    3. WES – select the “course by course report with ICAP”
    4. Other NACES-approved evaluator 
  4. Submit your official English language test scores
  5. Submit your certification of finances
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"I came to NMU because I was attracted to the idea of a small community. The university is also very affordable, and so far, I have liked it. The classes are very small in size, which is a great advantage, and the teachers have time to listen to all of the students. Also, it is a school that is centered around the community, and the people I have met are the nicest, whether it is at school or outside of school."

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Home Country: Cameroon

Frequently Asked Questions

Students who are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and who will require a visa to study in the United States.

Students with dual U.S. citizenship should apply as a U.S. citizen, even if living outside the United States. Students with refugee or asylum status should provide proper documentation of status and follow domestic application instructions

NMU accepts applications all year round whenever they are sent. However, we recommend the following deadlines. Please be aware that it can take a long time for some parts of the application to be completed. Make sure that you have time to send all of your application documents, receive your immigration documents (I-20) in the mail, apply for your visa, and prepare your travel arrangements.

  Fall Semester Winter Semester Summer Semester*
Suggested Deadline April 15 Sept. 1 Jan. 15
Final Deadline June 1 Oct. 1 March 17

*Students may only start undergraduate level studies during the fall or winter semesters

For students who have trouble submitting academic documents due to the COVID-19 situation: 

Secondary School Documents (U.S. and Canadian High School Transcripts): NMU will accept unofficial secondary school academic documents in order to make an admission decision if students cannot obtain officials at this time. Students must provide official copies before they will receive their immigration documentation (I20). 

Secondary and Post-Secondary School Documents (Transcripts NOT from U.S. or Canadian High Schools): Students should submit secondary and post-secondary school documents through any NACES- approved evaluator. 

Use one of the following ways to pay.

1. Credit Card

Use a credit card at the end of the online application. Visa or Mastercard are accepted.
If you have already completed the application but still need to pay the fee: Pay Online.

For your SSN, please enter "000000000"

2. Call

Call the Student Service Center to pay on the telephone using a credit card. The number is 906-227-1221.

3. Bank Draft or Money Order

Send a bank draft or money order in U.S. funds made payable to Northern Michigan University.

For undergraduate applications, please send $35 to the following address:

Admissions Office
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855 USA

For graduate applications, please send $50 to the following address:

International Programs Office
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855 USA

4. By Wire transfer.

2020-2021 Cost of Attendance

One Year (Two Semesters)

Undergraduate Graduate MBA ESL
Tuition and Fees $17,176 $13,660 $13,270 $13,538
Room & Board $11,072 $11,072 $11,072 $11,072
Books & Supplies $800 $800 $800 $0 (included in fees)
NMU Health Insurance (12 months) $1,820 $1,820 $1,820 $1,820
Personal & Travel $2,438 $2,438 $2,438 $2,438
Total Costs $33,306 $29,790 $29,400 $28,868

Withholding Taxes
International students on nonimmigrant status visas ("F", "J", "M", or "Q") are subject to federal withholding tax on the amount of scholarship income they receive above the cost of their qualified tuition and fees.  The current withholding rates are 14% for documented international students and 30% for any student whose citizenship status is unknown or undocumented.

Health Insurance Costs
For information about insurance for dependents, please contact NMU's International Programs Office at ipo@nmu.edu or 906-227-2510.

First-year student

Students who have not attended any college or university after secondary school must apply to NMU as first-year students.


Transfer student

Students who have attended any college or university after completing secondary school MUST apply to NMU as a transfer student.


Post-baccalaureate student

Students who have a Bachelor’s or higher degree and wish to pursue another undergraduate degree (in a field other than that of their previous degree) must apply as a post-baccalaureate student.


Graduate student

Students who are interested in pursuing a master's degree should apply as a graduate student.

Northern Michigan University offers you the opportunity to receive or ship your documents through a safe, quick and dependable delivery service called Eship Global. Click here to learn more. 

  • Post-Secondary Transcripts from a U.S. or Canadian Institution must come directly to NMU from the Institution
  • Post-Secondary Transcripts from outside the U.S. or Canada must be submitted through an external credential evaluator
    • Only ONE external credential evaluation* is required:  
    • Students must ask the evaluator to send an official copy of their University transcript directly to NMU 
      • To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the evaluator (or directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope) 
      • Please request a Course by Course Evaluation AND Transcript Verification.

Additional Step for Transfer Students:
  • Submit Official Secondary School Academic Documents 

    • If fewer than 12 semester credit hours of post-secondary study (approximately one semester) have been completed, submit official secondary school academic documents 


*Students may choose which NACES-approved evaluator they want to use. Here is some information to consider: 

  • SpanTran can start the evaluation with an emailed copy of your transcripts while they wait for the official documents to arrive. They complete their evaluation in 5 business days (once all required documents have been received).
  • WES is the most expensive option and typically takes longer than other options, but usually gives the most generous U.S. grade and credit equivalency recommendations.

Transcripts must be sent directly to Northern Michigan University from your institution(s).

If applying as a first-time freshman, and have not earned any previous higher education credit, please send official high school transcript.

If applying for an undergraduate program and have previously earned higher education credit, we do not need your high school transcript.1  Please send official university transcript.  

Transcripts can be sent to:

Admissions Office
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855 USA


Transcripts must be translated into English by a qualified individual.


NMU cannot accept faxes, scanned copies, or emailed copies.

Note: If at any time we discover that transcripts have been altered, forged, or faked, your admission to our university will be terminated. This is a serious offense with serious punishments.

Note: We will accept attested, official copies for students who are issued only one official copy of their transcripts. Appropriate seals, stamps, and/or signatures are required to ensure originality.

If applying for an undergraduate program at NMU and applicant has previously earned credit at a non-U.S. institution of higher education, a credential evaluation is required in addition to your official transcripts.  For more information, see Transfer Student application page.


More Information

Familiarize yourself with our admissions process by visiting the NMU Admissions page.
Contact the International Education Services Office at ipo@nmu.edu or call 906-227-2510.

“Compulsory” means you must purchase the health insurance offered program by NMU.  This policy is for basic coverage only.  You may want to obtain a more comprehensive health insurance policy in addition to this policy.

Learn more about NMU's international student insurance requirements here. 

You can contact NMU's International Programs Office:

Email: ipo@nmu.edu
Phone: 906-227-2510