Welcome NMU Parents!

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 and guests 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, or check out our parent resources page below.

Parent/Guest Orientation Fee

Due to COVID-19 and the cancelation of all in-person orientation sessions, the parent fee has been waived for Winter 2021 orientation.

Parents and guests planning to participate in the parent orientation program are required to pay $50 for the first attendee and any additional attendee would accrue a $20 fee per person. The fee covers parent program expenses and one provided meal. This fee is not included as part of the student orientation fee or accommodations fee. Please view our refund policy for more information on refunds.

Parent Q&A

"This is by far the best and most comprehensive new parent/student orientation that I have been too. I felt very comfortable leaving my child at NMU. I also, after these couple days, am glad that my student has chosen NMU. Great job!"


Orientation Summer '19

During Orientation we take an anonymous survey, here are some of the comments written in by past Parents/Guests:

  • "Thank you! The program exceeded my expectation and was very helpful." - Summer 2019
  • "I was initially hesitant that my son was leaving and coming so far especially when he had so many opportunities closer. After orientation, I know for certain he made the right choice. I have no doubt when my son is my age he will still be a wildcat! Thank you all so much!" - Summer 2019
  • "So glad I did this. As a commuter student 32 years ago. My parents missed an enormous amount of valuable information that I am grateful to know now.  Great program." - Summer 2019