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Steps to Admissions

General Admission | Early Admission | Special Admission | Ability-to-Benefit | Transfer Students | Home-School Study Students | Visiting Students | International Students | Credit for Military Service and Schooling

General Admission

For general admission to NMC, applicants must be of the age of sixteen (16) with the exception of those who have completed all their high school requirements, students from high schools with an existing memorandum of agreement for admission into NMC, and those students who are officially admitted under a special federally funded program. All students admitted to NMC are subject to all NMC rules, policies, and procedures. NMC shall admit students who will be enrolling in courses for the purpose of personal enhancement and/or obtaining a degree and/or certificate.

All certificate and/or degree-seeking students are required to take the English and Math Placement Tests prior to registration. The International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be accepted in place of the NMC English Placement test.

Admission to NMC may be classified as one of the following:

General Admissions Requirements

Students must submit the following:

  1. Completed Admissions Application with $25.00 (resident) or $50.00 (non-resident) non-refundable application fee;
  2. Official Transcript. This must be sent directly from the last school attended (high school, college, or university) to the NMC Office of Admissions and Records (OAR);
  3. Health/MMR/PPD
    • A physician’s validated immunization record (except for resident students 42 years or older);
    • PPD record every two (2) years; with the following Exemptions
      • Restrictive heath conditions: applicant must submit a certified physician’s statement verifying such conditions.
      • Religious: applicant must submit a notarized affidavit stating that immunization is contrary to his/her religious tenets and practices.
  4. Copy of a valid photo ID (Passport, Driver’s License, or Municipal ID); and
  5. Copy of valid U.S. Visa (if applicable)

Early Admission

The intent of this policy is to provide educational opportunities for high school students who are highly motivated and academically and/or vocationally talented. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete and submit all required documents in the General Admissions requirements;
  • Submit the written permission of their parents;
  • Submit an official high school transcript showing enrollment and a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 but not lower than * 2.0 must submit a letter of recommendation from the high school counselor or principal attesting to the students’ ability to perform academically at the college level; and
  • English Placement Test: Student must place at or above EN 083 level for reading and EN 084 level for writing.

Applicants who plan to enroll in Math or Science courses must take the Math placement test.

Early Admission students may enroll for a maximum of six (6) credit hours each semester. With recommendation of the Early Admission Counselor, students may enroll for a maximum of fifteen (15) credit hours each semester and must continue to make progress toward high school graduation.

*Students with a GPA below 2.0 are not eligible for the Early Admissions Program.

Special Admission

Students who are not enrolled in high school may be accepted under the Special Admissions Program. Applicants must meet all the eligibility criteria stated below:

  • Complete an Admissions Application Form and pay a non-refundable admissions application fee at the Finance Office;
  • Submit an official transcript to the Office of Admissions and Records (OAR);
  • Submit an official letter to OAR from the applicant’s current school Guidance Counselor attesting to the applicant’s academic and social abilities, and other appropriate skills;
  • Applicant and parents must sign a Statement of Understanding Form for students being admitted under Special Admissions;
  • Take the English and Math Placement Tests and submit those scores to OAR. Applicants whose English level is below EN 101 will automatically be denied Special Admission; and
  • Applicant must be recommended for admissions after being interviewed by the Early Admission/Special Admission Counselor, applicant’s school Guidance Counselor, and an NMC faculty member.


An applicant who does not have a High School, GED, or Adult High School diploma and who is beyond the compulsory attendance age, and has met all the necessary admissions requirements except the transcript. An applicant under the ability to benefit must successfully complete the following:

  • Admissions requirements with the exception of the Official Transcript; and
  • Complete any remedial courses (070-099); and
  • Complete 15 semester hours college-level credits with a grade of ”˜C’ or higher; or
  • Receive a GED by the end of the first year of the course of study; or prior to certification or graduation from the course of study, whichever is earlier.

Upon successful completion of the fifteen (15) semester hours, Ability-to-Benefit students will be assigned to an academic advisor based on their declared certificate or degree program.

Transfer Students

Transfer In - Student must:

  1. Complete Admissions requirements; and
  2. Submit a Request for Evaluation of Credit form.

A student with transfer credits from an institution that is not accredited by one of the six regional associations of colleges and schools (Middle States Association, New England Association, and Western Association) may be subject to credit evaluation by a course articulation agency at the student’s expense. NMC reserves the right to determine which transfer credit/credits is to be accepted after the Office of Admissions and Records receive the official student credit evalution report.

Coursework from an accredited college or university is transferrable to NMC provided the course is the equivalent of NMC’s 100 level or above, and the grade received is a “C” or better.

Additionally, in order for a transfer course’s credit to be accepted as a substitution for an NMC course credit, the transferring course curriculum must correspond with the curriculum of the NMC course and be accepted as deemed by the Department Chair of the program and the Registrar.

For two (2) year degree programs, a maximum of 45 semester credits may be transferred. For the four (4) year degree program, a maximum of 77 semester credits may be transferred. The student must meet all NMC academic credit requirements for graduation.

Northern Marianas College (NMC) reserves the right to admit students under the same academic standing as they were at the time of leaving the institution of last attendance. NMC reserves the right to refuse admission to students who are not in good standing at the last college attended, are on disciplinary probation, or have been suspended or disqualified. The Dean of Academic Programs will consider appeals from students admitted under this policy.

Home-Study School Students

Students who completed high school from home-study schools must submit the following:

  • Paid Admissions Application Form (fee is non-refundable);
  • Home School Certification or License issued by the State Board of Education in the jurisdiction in which the home-school study was conducted;
  • Copies of the course curriculums for all course taken; and
  • Copy of a valid passport;
  • Copy of a valid U.S. Visa that will remain valid for the entire period of enrollment (if applicable);
  • Completed Health Evaluation Form; and
  • Official transcripts from the last school attendance (prior to Home Study). These must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Records from the last school attended.

Visiting Students

Students from other colleges or universities enrolled in short-term courses or seminars and who are not seeking a degree or certificate are classified as Visiting Students. Students in this category must submit the following:

  • Paid Admissions Application Form (fee is non-refundable)
  • Copy of a valid passport;
  • Copy of a valid U.S. Visa that will remain valid for the entire period of enrollment (if applicable);
  • Completed Health Evaluation Form;
  • Completed Supplementary Information Form (non-U.S. Citizen students); and
  • Official transcripts from the last school attendance (prior to Home Study). These must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Records from the last school attended.

International Students

In order for the Northern Marians College to issue I-20 applications, International Student applications are required to submit the following:

  1. A completed NMC Admissions Application form (available at OAR or online);
  2. A $50.00 United States Currency non-refundable Application fee made payable to the NMC;
  3. Official academic record (Transcript) from high school or last college/university attended;
  4. A completely filled and notarized International Student Declaration of Finance Form; Student must identify funds obligated to their cost of attendance for a minimum of 1 year (Note: For the 2012-2013 school year, the total budget amount is $22,580.00 for an Associates in Science degree in Nursing and $22,880.00 for a Bachelor in Science degree in Elementary Education. Students with dependents add $9,516.00 per year for their spouse and add $10,116.00 per year for each child.). Additionally, student must pay for tuition in full each semester/term at the time of registration for courses;
  5. A current Official copy of a Financial Guarantee or bank statement;
  6. A copy of a valid passport;
  7. Health Form that includes information on: Proof of Measles, Mumps, Rubella, current PPD/Skin test, tetanus vaccine, and Hepatitis B 1, 2, 3, and Chest X-ray vaccination from a valid health care provider; and
  8. Directory Information Form (Authorization to Release Directory Information).

Admissions Application Deadlines for International Students

Fall Semester - July 05
Spring Semester - December 05
Summer Sessions - April 05

Note: International students must meet all U.S. Immigration Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requirements (New or Renewal).

A holder of a U.S. Visa (other than a student or exchange visitor visa) may enroll at the College provided that his/her visa is valid for the duration of the entire term the student plans to attend NMC, and they meet the requirements set forth under the General Admissions Requirements.

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Credit for Military Service and Schooling

To have credit for educational experience evaluated, applicants with military experience should submit the following with their application form:

  1. A copy of DD Form 214, and
  2. DD Form 295, Application for the Evaluation of Educational Experience During Military Service. USAF personnel may present an official transcript from the Armed Forces School in lieu of DD Form 295.

Credit will be awarded as recommended by the Commission on the Accreditation of Service Experiences of the American Council on Education, to the extent that the credit is applicable to the degree the student is seeking at NMC. Academic programs/ departments determine the transfer credit-hour limits in their areas. Credit for courses completed through the U.S. Armed Forces Institute will be evaluated on the same basis as transfer credit from collegiate institutions.