New Student Orientation & Registration
Who attends orientation?
All students are required to attend orientation at NMC. Returning NMC students are not typically required to attend orientation. During orientation you will hear about being a student at NMC, learn about financial aid, and meet with an academic advisor to schedule classes for the coming semester. Here are the steps to follow before orientation and registration:
- Select a date and time to attend Orientation (Summer and Fall orientations are available)
- Have your ACT scores sent to NMC and/or schedule a time to take the COMPASS Placement Test.
What to do before orientation & registration
Complete this Pre-Orientation and Registration Checklist:
Applying for financial aid?To receive maximum consideration, apply by April 1 or at least six weeks before you register. Application Information »
Check the status of your financial aid online through NMC Self-Service »
COMPASS testYour COMPASS placement test must be completed before attending Orientation & Registration. The COMPASS is offered weekdays and some weekends. Call (231) 995-2134 for open hours in the Student Success Center and Testing Center, located in the Osterlin Library. Read more about COMPASS »
If you have taken the ACTMake sure your scores have been reported to NMC. Call ACT at (319) 337-1313 or visit actstudent.org/scores/send. Contact the Admissions Office at (855) FIND-NMC to confirm we have received your scores. Without qualifying ACT scores on file, you'll need to take the COMPASS test prior to Orientation.
AP (Advanced Placement) credit?If you have AP scores, call Advanced Placement at (888) 225-5427 to have them reported to NMC. AP scores are not included in high school transcripts.
TranscriptsHave credits from other colleges or universities? If yes, official transcripts must be sent from each school to:
Northwestern Michigan College
1701 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49686
After registration: Pay your Tuition and feesPayment deadlines are listed in the schedule of classes and available online. Check, cash, credit card, NMC payment plan or third-party billing (VA, employer) accepted. Contact Student Financial Services at (231) 995-1035 or read instructions on how to pay online »