Printing Services Overview

Printing Services is part of University Marketing and Communications’ creative services team offering a wide range of design and printing solutions. Whether you need a simple flyer or a comprehensive promotional package, our full-service print shop can provide an effective way to communicate your message. 

If your project requires services not available in our facility we will work with one of our qualified commercial print partners to get your job done on schedule and competitively priced.

Customers have the option of having work billed to a department account number or paying in cash.

Placing an Order

Give us a call at 906-227-2454 or email

Products and Services

To meet the needs for a variety of projects and quantities our full service print shop offers: 

  • Comprehensive understanding of University policy
  • Start to Finish project management
  • Official source for university branded letterhead, business cards and envelopes
  • Two digital presses providing quick turn around professional quality color printing
  • High volume/high speed black & white copies
  • Offset printing
  • Bindery and finishing
  • Brochures
  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Booklets
  • Magazines
  • Folders
  • Rack cards
  • Postcards
  • Door hangers
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Large format prints up to 44” wide
  • Banners
  • Contour cut vinyl Stickers, floor and wall graphics 
  • Addressing and Mail preparation
  • Sign Engraving
  • Laminating up to 25” wide

Convenience Copiers

Self-service convenience copiers are located in Lydia Olson Library. These copiers can be accessed by the use of electronic auditron, Wildcat Express Cards, or cash; depending on the copier. When making copies for a department, use of an electronic user ID will allow the department account number to be billed. For personal copies you can use your Wildcat Express Card as a debit card, which will give you a rate per copy.

Full-Service Copiers

Copiers are also available at Printing Services, where we will process the job for you. We have high-speed black and white and color digital presses. Please contact us in advance to schedule a print job at 906-227-2454 or

University Copier Program

Upon request of university departments or offices, Printing Services will assess your in-office photocopying needs and provide you with a leased copier, paper, toner, service and an annual review of your equipment and on a regular basis, arrange for upgrades or a newer model.

If you have any problems or questions about your university-leased photocopier, or need to order supplies, please contact us at 227-2454 or

All copies made at Printing Services must be in compliance with the current copyright laws. For assistance go NMU University Marketing and Communications copyright information.

Graphic Identity Standards

NMU has a set of standards for how the NMU signature and other university logos can be used and reproduced, the content and appearance of certain official communication pieces, and university colors and fonts. The university also provides guidelines for preparing publications in an effective and consistent format. If you have any questions about the standards or need guidance in designing a piece, please contact Printing Services at 906-227-2454, or University Marketing and Communications at 906-227-2720.

Publication Approval

Please note that any non-personal communications intended for an off-campus audience must be reviewed and approved by the University Marketing and Communications Office. Contact UMC by phone at 906-227-2720, or e-mail our publications director, Becky Tavernini, at

If you produce your own electronic documents, please save them as .pdf. For a complete list of the programs we support, see below. Some aspects of electronic files can be quite technical, please contact our office (906-227-2454) if you have additional questions or need more help. 

File Formats:

  • Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
  • Photoshop .(psd,. tiff, .jpg, .gif)
  • Illustrator (.ai, .eps)
  • InDesign .(indd)
  • Micrsoft Office Files - Word (.docx, .doc, .rtf, .txt)
  • Excel (.xls)
  • Powerpoint (.ppt)
  • Publisher (.pub)

Each job is unique and many factors can affect the amount of time it takes to complete a project. A quick call to discuss details will help ensure a smooth process. Following are general time lines.

  • Standard Quick Copy and Color Copy: 1-2 working days 
  • Multi page jobs requiring bindery: 3-4 working days
  • Offset printing: 3-4 working days
  • Engraving: 3-4 working days
  • Projects requiring outside services such as die-cutting: 7-10 working days

Printing Services (University Marketing and Communications) and Mail Services (Purchasing) work closely to get the mail out - however we are in different departments.

University Mail Services processes all classes of U.S. Mail, sends parcels out through United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx, provides an intra campus mail service, and can apply postage to non-personal outgoing mail and process international mail. Mail and Warehouse Services 906-227-2749

Printing Services addresses and prepares thousands of mail pieces annually for both on-campus and external recipients. The majority of these mail pieces are NMU Admissions student-recruitment postcards and packets designed and produced by University Marketing and Communications.

Bulk Mailings

When mailing a large quantity of mail that is all the same, the USPS allows the sender to mail at reduced costs. Mail sent this way must include an appropriate permit on it in place of a stamp. For First-class mail the University has permit 70 for standard or bulk mail the permit is number is 54.

Permit 70

This permit is for at least 200 pieces of First-class mail. If 500 or more pieces are sent and the mail is presorted by zip code we can use a Presorted Permit 70 for a larger discount.

Permit 54

This permit is for bulk or standard mail of at least 200 pieces. All pieces must be identical and presorted. Northern Michigan University qualifies for nonprofit status with the USPS allowing us to send standard mail at very reduced rates. There are certain conditions that must be adhered to for mail to be sent with the nonprofit permit 54 stamp. Please contact us before designing your mailing so that we can get you the lowest cost for mailing.

Business Reply Mail

When requesting that a response be returned, you can either put a stamp on each piece to be returned or we can print a Business Reply Mail permit on the card or envelope. With Business Reply Mail you are charged only for those pieces that are returned to you through the mail. If Printing Services is designing your mail the correct permit will be included before printing.

Most of our paper stocks are available in a variety of colors, sizes and thickness. To request paper stock selection book call 906-227-2454 or email

Special order paper is available.

Paper for office copier

Please use our online ordering form to order paper for your office copier. For copiers that are contracted and serviced through Printing Services Copier Program, there is no charge for paper. For paper used in any other copier or fax machine (property of your department), please select the appropriate order selection so it is billed to your departmental account.

We will customize, lay out and print official Northern Michigan University letterhead, envelopes and business cards for you.

A choice of printing the NMU logo on the letterhead in color or black and white is available. While it’s encouraged that everyday and official correspondence be done on letterhead and envelopes with the color logo, black and white is an option for mass mailings with tight budgets.

Stationary Standards

University Stationery

NMU’s stationery includes its letterhead, envelopes and business cards. These items are the primary means of establishing the university image at the personal level. Functional and contemporary in appearance, Northern Michigan University stationery has been carefully created to be consistent with other applications of Northern Michigan University graphic identity program.

Use of the university’s stationery is permitted only for official business conducted by persons under contract in officially recognized divisions, schools, departments, centers or other units. University letterhead and envelopes must never be used for personal correspondence.