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Welcome to Northern Michigan University

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 have the choice to participate in a virtual face-to-face orientation with an orientation assistant or a self-paced online orientation.  

Face-to-Face Orientation

Face-to-Face orientation will take place virtually this January with an Orientation Staff Asstistant who is a current student. Stay tuned for dates and registration information.

Online Orientation

The online orientation is intended for the transfer student who attended a college and/or a university with 12 or more credits, or a transfer student that can are more independently, meaning they are able to handle the information all on their own.

  • Transfer students with less than 12 post-high school college-level credits are not eligible for our online orientation. If you do not have the credits, or they have not been possessed you will not be able to register for the online orientation. If you are expecting 12 or more credits prior to starting at NMU, please contact your admissions counselor to discuss this option. 
  • Once you have registered, an online orientation link will appear on the ‘Admitted to NMU’ tab in MyNMU. If you have yet to set up your MyNMU please visit

After logging in to the online orientation system, transfer students have access to the following resources:

  • A series of informational presentations on topics including academic policies, graduation and program requirements, information about transferring credits, contact information for academic departments, and on-campus resources such as the Dean of Students Office, Academic and Career Advisement Center, Center for Student Enrichment, etc.
  • A downloadable checklist of things to do after orientation, before attending NMU
  • A discussion forum for incoming students to ask questions and connect with each other
  • Downloadable documents traditionally contained in the orientation binder, including information about campus life, finances, a campus directory and map, etc.

The online orientation should take approximately two hours to complete; the system will save the student's progress and will allow the user to log out and back in. Once a student views each portion and successfully completes a quiz about each workbook, the orientation program is complete and the orientation hold will be removed. At that point, the student will be able to register for courses. Completing the online orientation takes the place of attending an on-campus orientation session.