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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:

  1. Select a date and time to attend Orientation.
  2. 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 test

    Your 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 ACT

    Make 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.
  • Transcripts

    Have credits from other colleges or universities? If yes, official transcripts must be sent from each school to:
    Admissions Office
    Northwestern Michigan College
    1701 E. Front St.
    Traverse City, MI 49686
  • After registration: Pay your Tuition and fees

    Payment 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 »

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