The purpose of the Enrollment Services is to recruit, admit, and serve a diverse student population by providing accurate, responsive and respectful services to faculty, staff and students. We are committed to the development of staff, policies, procedures and technology to enhance student success in support of the Northern Marianas College mission.
General Admission Requirements
- Admissions Application
- Official Transcripts (high school and college if applicable)
- Health Evaluation
- Copy of Passport
- Directory Information (FERPA) Form
There are six admission programs each identified by the type of applicant seeking to enroll in academic courses. Each program is further distinguished by a set of admission requirements. Applicants are responsible for evaluating the appropriate admission program in which to seek admission and for completing all requirements.
Regular Student Program
An applicant seeking admission under the Regular Student Program is a person who has earned a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.
Early Admissions Program
An applicant seeking admission under the Early Admissions program maintains concurrent enrollment in high school and is under the age of 18.
College Now: Dual Enrollment Program
The College Now dual enrollment program provides high school students with the opportunity to complete both a high school and college course simultaneously and receive credit from both schools. Articulated courses are taught at the student’s high school by NMC approved high school instructors. Courses offering college credit are aligned to both NMC and PSS course guides.
An applicant seeking admission under the Ability-to-Benefit program is a person who is 18 years or older and does not have the equivalency of a high school diploma. An applicant under the ability to benefit is classified as a non-degree student and must successfully complete a high school equivalency diploma by the end of the first year of study prior to continued enrollment.
Visiting Student Program
An applicant seeking admission under the Visiting Student Program is a person from other colleges or universities enrolled in short-term courses or seminars and who are not seeking a degree or certificate
F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Program
An applicant seeking admission with an F-1 visa or status.
Western Undergraduate Exchange Program
An applicant seeking admission under the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program is a student exchange program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). If you are a resident of a WICHE state, you are eligible to request a reduced WUE tuition rate of 150% of the resident rate.
WICHE states and territories include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
The Northern Marianas College's Early Admission Program empowers current high school students to earn college credits and jump-start their college studies prior to graduating from high school. High school students who have confidently demonstrated strong academic performance in addition to personal and social maturity -are invited to apply.
The program is limited to students who have reached the age of 15 prior to the start of the semester for which they wish to enroll. Any student who has not completed high school and would like to take a course(s) at the Northern Marianas College is considered an early admission student.
For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Records at (670) 237-6728.
To download the Early Admissions Advising Brochure Guide, click here.
The College may confer admission to applicants who come under the Regular Student admission program for one term under the following conditions:
- Incomplete Admission Application. Applicants may receive a conditional admission offer upon submission of an admission application and required fee, but must submit required supporting documents within sixty (60) calendar days of their initial enrollment.
- Students with a Cumulative GPA below the 2.0. High school graduates with a cumulative GPA below the required minimum 2.0 requirement may be provisionally admitted for one term, but must meet requirements under academic probation and suspension policies and procedures to continue enrollment.
Students who have not enrolled for two consecutive semesters must reapply for admission under the appropriate admission program. Students returning after Academic Suspension or Dismissal must meet with an NMC Counselor and academic advisor to develop a written plan of remedial action and a proposed course of study for the term in which the student plans to enroll. The written plan of remedial action must be submitted as part of a student's readmission review. Students who are readmitted into a certificate or degree program enter the program under the requirements set forth at the time of readmission.
Application and Admission Notification
When all information, forms and documents are received, applicants for admissions will be notified by postal or electronic mail of their admission to the College. All documents, transcripts and forms submitted by applicants during the admissions process become the property of the College and will not be returned to the student, or forwarded on behalf of the student to any other institution. Unsealed or faxed copies are not official. Applicants who knowingly falsify transcripts or test scores will be denied admission to or will be deregistered from the College.
Cancellation of Admission
An applicant's admission to the College will be canceled if she or he fails to register for the term for which she or he has been admitted.
Upon admission, students seeking to transfer credit from another institution must submit a Request for Evaluation of Credit form to the Office of Admissions & Records during the first semester of enrollment.
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.
Transfer credit refers to credit earned at other regionally accredited institutions that is accepted at Northern Marianas College. Transfer credits may be counted as NMC electives where no equivalency is determined. However, only credit necessary for the completion of the degree program selected by the student will be accepted for application to the degree. Students seeking transfer of credits may be required to furnish a course catalog from the institution(s) previously attended. Courses for which transfer credit is sought are subject to departmental evaluation for equivalency. Grades received for transferred courses are not calculated in the student's GPA.
Students with quarter credit hours will have these credit hours equated to NMC credits according to the following formula: .67 x number of quarter credit hour(s) = semester credit hour(s), rounded to the nearest whole number. Credit fractions of .5 and above will be rounded up. Transfer credit will be awarded in whole numbers only. If, following conversion from quarter to semester credit hours, the credits awarded for a given course are fewer than the credits for NMC's equivalent course, the student will be considered to have met the course requirement if the difference is 1 credit or less.
NMC will accept other foreign language courses not offered at NMC, from other institutions, if a student passed the course with a minimum grade of "C" or better, for at least 3 semester-hour credits. The maximum number of credits that NMC will accept for foreign language course from another institution is 4 semester-hour credits. The student will have met NMC's foreign language requirement provided that the foreign language is other than the student's native or primary language, and the course is not a conversational language course.
To have credit for educational experience evaluated, applicants with military experience should submit the following with their application form:
- Complete Admissions requirements; and
- Submit a copy of the DD Form 214; and
- Submit a copy of the DD Form 295 (Application for 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.
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.
Students seeking an evaluation of transfer credit from educational institutions outside the United States must order a course-to-course evaluation from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) International Education Services (IES). Students may obtain a Request Form for Foreign Education Credentials Services from the Office of Admissions & Records or go to www.aacrao.org and download the applicable form.
NMC may award course waivers or credits for students who submit official Advanced Placement (AP) scores to the Office of Admissions and Records.
A student receiving a score of 3 or higher on an official College Board Advanced Placement test will be given credit with a grade of P for the corresponding course; except for CH 124, which requires a score of 4.
The Registrar will determine which NMC course corresponds to the appropriate Advanced Placement test. A listing of those AP tests and NMC courses will be kept on file in the Office of Admissions and Records.
F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Program
An applicant seeking admission to Northern Marianas College with an F-1 visa or status must complete requirements for admission under the F-1 Nonimmigrant Student program.
- Completed Form I-20 Application.
- A completed and notarized International Student Declaration of Finances Form; Students must identify funds obligated to their cost of attendance for a minimum of 1 year. The form must be supported by an official copy of Financial Guarantee or bank statement (be sure to provide the original bank statement with the date account was opened, average and current balance, not more than six (6) months prior to the term you will enroll at NMC. If the applicant has a sponsor, a completed Form I-134, Affidavit of Support and the sponsor's valid, government-issued ID must be submitted.
Important Admission Application Dates
- Fall Semester (August - December) - July 01 Deadline
- Spring Semester (January - May) - November 01 Deadline
- Summer and Intersession terms are closed for students seeking admission under the F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Program.
- Admission to Academic Programs
Applicants who wish to enroll in an academic program at the college must present evidence of English language proficiency. If the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is used to satisfy this requirement, the applicant must attain a score of at least 500 (on the paper-based TOEFL) or 61 (on the internet-based TOEFL, known as the iBT). If the International Language Testing System (IELTS) is used to satisfy this requirement, an IELTS overall Band Score of 5.5 or better is required, and a minimum IELTS individual Band Score of 5.0 on each module is recommended. The director of the Office of Admissions and Records may accept other proof of English language proficiency for admission purposes, such as ACCUPLACER or COMPASS test results.
- Admission to English Language Institute
Applicants for admission with a TOEFL or IELTS score below that required for admission into an academic program, may only be considered for admission into the English Language Institute. Students admitted to the English Language Institute will not be allowed to enroll in courses outside those officially designated as part of the program unless and until they have met all of the prerequisites or other course requirements. Students admitted into the English Language Institute may not enter an academic program until placement in EN 101.
- Financial Support
Evidence of financial support will be required prior to issuance of the I-20 form. Northern Marianas College has no scholarship or financial aid provisions for foreign students; therefore, students must be fully prepared to meet the necessary financial obligations for the full time they will be in the United States. The colleges estimate a student's average expenses for one academic year to be:
Tuition and Fees: $7,140
Living Expenses: $12,000
Health Insurance: $820
- Dependent Financial Guarantee
Evidence of financial support for dependents of F-1 (spouse and dependent children) is also required: $7,500 per year for spouse and $10,140 per year for each child. Note: Students whose F-1 student visa/status is terminated due to non-compliance with immigration and enrollment requirements must reapply for admission.
Obtaining an F-1 Visa
Students admitted to the College under the F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Program will receive an NMC Admission Letter and a document called the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, which is the application for an F-1 visa. The following 5 steps provide a quick guide to the process for obtaining an F-1 visa. More information about required documents and procedures can be found at the U.S. Department of State.
Step 1: Complete the non-immigrant visa application, Form DS-160 online. The form will require that you upload a photo.
Step 2: Make payment online for the SEVIS I-901 fee ($200). This fee is collected by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to support the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Instructions for completing this step is located here
Step 3: Make payment for the visa application fee ($160) at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Specific information on where to pay the visa application fee can be found at the web site of the U.S. Embassy in your country.
Step 4: Make an appointment for a visa interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. More information about the process of scheduling an interview in your country is located at: http://www.usembassy.gov/.
Step 5: Go to your scheduled visa interview. Bring a valid passport (must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States. You must also bring your Form I-20 and the SEVIS payment receipt. Bring any financial documents to demonstrate how you will pay for your education and any documents that might help demonstrate why you will return to your country.