Register for Orientation

Registration for all students attending Winter 2021 semester is now open!


If you have any questions about Orientation, please contact us at (906) 227-1707, or

New Freshmen

The First Year Student Orientation caters to students new to any university and transfer students with under 12 credits. The First Year Student Program focuses on how to become a successful student at NMU.  The program spends considerable time covering the different academic and social aspects of the university. Students will prepare for the start of the first semester through sessions that cover topics like academic planning, course scheduling, financial resources, and getting involved. 

Transfer Students

The Transfer Student Orientation understands that transfer students, those with 12+ post-high school credits, already have a good grasp on the college experience. The Transfer Student Orientation provides the information necessary for transfer students to transition to a brand new university. Transfer students will hear from relevant departments, and will interact with their individual academic programs for advising and course selection. 

Transfer students with 12+ post-high school credits will have the opportunity to participate in the Online Transfer Orientation in place of the face-to-face session.  

Commuter, Non-Traditional, and Veteran Students

For Commuter Students (students living within 60 miles), Non-Traditional students (students over the age of 24), and Veteran students the college experience can be a little different. Commuter, Non-Traditional, and Veteran Orientation provides students with the opportunity to learn about the integral departments across campus and time to prepare for their first semester.  

Global Campus Students

The Global Campus Student Orientation is for all Online and Distance Learners. The Global Student Orientation provides all the information a new online student would need to start their experience at NMU. Global Students will receive all of the information a new or transfer student would receive, except catered towards the Online experience. 



Northern Michigan University is excited to share this time with you. We know some of you have a lot of questions, or just want to know more about the opportunities and resources available to your student during their time at NMU. Our virtual orientation playlist for parents include important information about your students' transition to college as well as information about financial aid, residence hall payments and options, health insurance, student rights and responsibilities, and more.

All parent orientation information is provided virtually. Check out our virtual parent orientation playlist of videos on NMU's YouTube channel from key departments on campus to share information.

Contact Information

The Orientation Office is located in 3302 Hedgcock.

Main 906-227-1707

Toll Free 800-682-9797

Fax 906-227-1751