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Adult Learners

Who are adult learners?

Adult learners are typically older than traditional college-age students, and may be active-duty U.S. military members or veterans, or more than four years out of high school. As an adult learner, you may have a job, have a family to support, or be looking to change jobs or enhance your career.

How can NMC help you?

Whether you want to take a class or two to learn a new skill, enroll in a program to earn a degree or certificate and explore a new career, check out our online learning options, or speak with an Admissions Advisor about your options, we can help:

  • Provide academic and career advising and mentoring to help you identify and meet your educational and career goals
  • Identify college-level knowledge you have that may qualify for college credit at NMC
  • Transfer college credits that you've earned from previous coursework at other colleges to apply to a degree or certificate at NMC
  • Help you identify financial aid and scholarship opportunities to help pay for your educational expenses

Ready to come to NMC?

You can apply online today! Admission is open to all high school graduates, or those who have satisfactorily completed the General Education Development (GED) test or individuals 18 years or older.

Use the links below to start an application to NMC, apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, or view and apply for any of the more than 100 scholarships offered by NMC.

Admissions checklist

Use our step-by-step guide to begin your studies at NMC »

Our goal is to help all students be successful at NMC. If you have below a 2.0 average on your high school transcript, you may be admitted to NMC on a conditional admission basis. To help you meet your educational goals, you will be fully supported by our Admissions Advisors, Student Success Center and Academic Advisors.

Have you Been an NMC student before?

Welcome back to NMC! As a returning student we simply ask that you update your information with us to ensure accuracy of our records. If it has been more than one semester since you have attended NMC (not counting summer) you can fill out an online application to update your information.

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Contact Admissions »

Call us at (231) 995-1054 or toll free at 1-855-FIND NMC (346-3662), or send us an email at

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NMC offers hundreds of courses in more than 60 subject areas.

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At NMC, you'll find more than 80 areas of academic study.

View online learning options »

NMC offers both individual courses and entire programs online. Learn more »

Did you know?

  • 27% of NMC's students in Fall 2017 were 25 years old or older.
  • NMC awarded almost $1.4 million in scholarships to nearly 900 learners in 2017–18 — an average of $1,587 per learner.
  • NMC’s in-district tuition for 2018-19 is the 8th lowest of the state’s community colleges and 75 percent lower than the average for the state's public universities.

Success Story

Marilyn Dear

““I thought, ‘let’s go back to school’... “It’s healthy, because it’s making my brain work. As I get older, I think that’s only a plus.”


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