Let's get wild!

Join us for Wildcat Weekend!

Save the Date: October 18 - 19, 2024

Explore beautiful Marquette, tour campus and experience residence hall life. Learn about your academic interest and student life from faculty and students. Plus, you'll get to chat with your admissions counselor.

It's an open house experience you won't want to miss. Let the adventure begin!



Wildcat Weekend Schedule

This is a Saturday event, with optional Friday activities!


Saturday, October 19

Check-In (Northern Center, Main Entrance/Lobby)
8:00 am - 8:30 am 

Welcome Session/Student Panel
8:30 am - 9:40 am

Academic Showcase Sessions
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Information Fair, Ask a Wildcat Lounge, Admissions Presentations, Residence Hall Tours and Campus Tours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Walking tours leave every 15 minutes on Saturday

Lunch at Northern Lights Dining
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday, October 18 - Optional Activities

Early Check-In (Northern Center, Main Entrance/Lobby)
2:00 - 6:00 pm

Optional Friday Activities
Walking Campus Tours, 3:00 and 4:00 pm
Rec Sports Center Tour, 3:30 pm
Forest Roberts Theater Tour, 5:00 pm 

Other activities on campus and in Marquette this weekend: 

Campus & Community Events - Check out the calendars for the most updated information. 

Campus & Community Events - Check out the calendars for the most updated information.

Traveling to Marquette

Traveling to Campus

Please check our Directions to Campus website, and refer to the section that talks about getting to campus for Wildcat Weekend. We will also have yellow signs directing visitors to the Northern Center for Wildcat Weekend check-in.

Parking on Campus

You can park in any lot on campus during your visit to NMU for Wildcat Weekend. Please view the Campus Parking Map for parking lot numbers. For event check-in at the Northern Center, the closest lots will be Lot #1, #8 and #13.

Marquette Information

Marquette County Convention and Visitor's Bureau
337 W. Washington St.
Marquette, MI 49855

Travel Marquette website: Discover Marquette. Information on arts and culture, fishing, golfing, hiking and biking, waterfalls, skiing, and snowmobiling from the Marquette-area Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Official website of Marquette County, Mich.; Chamber of Commerce.
Great visitor information including area attractions, community calendar, restaurants and activity information.


Student doing research with a faculty member

“I love Northern because of the different opportunities I’ve had. I would tell students that are considering Northern to make a visit. Once you visit Marquette and you have the opportunity to meet other students and faculty and staff here on campus, Northern’s going to feel like home, just like it did for me."

Allison Opheim

Public Relations Major


Downtown Marquette

Dining in Marquette

There's no shortage of great places to eat in the Marquette area. Our team of admissions staff has assembled some of our favorite local dining spots for you and your family to enjoy while you're visiting NMU. 

Restaurants - Staff Favorites

  • Babycakes Muffin Company | A charming bakery/café serving decadent made-from-scratch meals and full espresso bar with organic fair-trade coffees and teas.
  • Border Grill-Marquette | Authentic fresh Mexican grill, five homemade salsas and vegetarian items. Quick service.
  • Casa Calabria | Pasta, pizza, steaks and more! Great dining experience in a festive Italian atmosphere.
  • Donkers Restaurant | A fun, family-friendly restaurant serving delicious, made from scratch food, plus an old-time soda fountain and candy store. 
  • Elizabeth's Chop House | Certified steaks and fresh seafood in downtown Marquette. 
  • Iron Bay Restaurant and Drinkery | Creative comfort food paired with a historic dining experience in Marquette's Iron Bay Foundry building. The view is pretty nice too!  
  • Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery | Wonderful Cajun-Creole dining experience.
  • The Portside Inn | A "True Marquette Original" for over 30 years. Casual pub-style atmosphere and famous breadsticks. 
  • Vango's Pizza and Cocktail Lounge | Specializes in Greek cuisine, but offers a variety of food, including their famous waffle fries and "death by chocolate" cake.
  • Vierling Restaurant & Marquette Harbor Brewery | Unique, historical, full-service restaurant and brewpub. Specializing in fresh Lake Superior Whitefish.

Gather more information from these departments around campus:

This office coordinates all residence hall living at NMU.  Bring your questions about our suite-style housing, housing assignments, roommate assignments, meal plans, room and board rates and programming in our residence halls.

This office works with all NMU student organizations and provides volunteer opportunities and leadership development programs.  If you are looking to get involved at NMU, this is the office to see! 

All first-year students are required to attend an orientation session. Stop by our table to learn how to register for orientation and what you can expect during your session. We want you to feel at home during your time at NMU and part of making Northern your home-away-from-home starts at orientation.

The Financial Aid Office is a great place to learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Plus information about grants, student loans, need-based scholarships and additional forms of aid. 

This office provides assistance for students who are qualified under the Americans with Disabilities Act to receive required accommodations.  Typical services provided for eligible students include extended test time, quiet room testing, note-taking services, alternate text formats and assistive technology.

This office partners with students, faculty, staff and alumni to build a vibrant, stimulating and safe learning community where cultural diversity is highly valued, differences are respected and people from all cultures and backgrounds flourish. 

If you hope to be involved in playing sports on NMU's campus or are just looking to stay in shape, this is the office to see.  Recreational Sports oversees club and intramural sports teams as well as NMU's fitness and recreational facilities. 

Learn about NMU's 15 different Division II sports and our Division I Men's hockey team. Interested in playing for NMU? This is a great place to learn about the process. 

The Honors Program at NMU provides academically qualified students the opportunity to challenge themselves by taking honors-level classes, engaging in many out-of-class learning experiences with other honors program students and faculty, undertaking a senior capstone project, and earning an "honors" designation on their college transcripts. 

The Freshman Fellowship Program at NMU provides an opportunity to understand and practice scholarship, work with a university professor and enhance overall intellectual curiosity … all while earning a cash stipend.

NMU Career Services provides resources and services focused on assisting students with career placement and career decision-making activities.  Career Services hosts several job fairs on NMU's campus every year and oversees on-campus job postings for current NMU students. 

Student Success Department is the place for answers to all of your academic and career questions and provides professional advisers to guide students throughout their time at NMU. Our Success Advisors support our students in the development and pursuit of their academic, personal, and career goals from the time they enter the university through completion. We assist with major and career exploration, degree planning, academic skill building, transitioning to the University, transferring in credits, and much more.

NMU's First Year Experience program (FYE) is a learning community initiative that helps students develop strategies to maximize academic success, become familiar with campus resources, and cultivate positive relationships with faculty and other students. Through the FYE program, you will be assigned to a block of courses based on your intended academic major. When you attend orientation, you will work with an adviser to finalize your course schedule.

Are you thinking of studying abroad during your time at NMU? Stop here to find out information about NMU's many study abroad opportunities.

There’s more to NMU Dining than just serving up delicious food! Check out some of the great programs we’ve got going on. Stop by our table to learn more about dining plans, accommodations for dietary restrictions and much more.

The Music department supports a variety of exciting choral and instrumental ensembles that perform frequently throughout the school year. Although some groups require an audition, students do not have to be music majors to participate.

If you are a veteran and would like to learn more about your benefits stop by and talk with NMU’s Veteran Resource Representative. 


Cedar Motor Inn 
2523 US 41 West, Marquette
(906) 228-2280

Comfort Suites 
2463 US 41 West, Marquette
(906) 228-0028

Holiday Inn Express 
2472 US 41 West, Marquette
(906) 225-1300

Days Inn  
2403 US 41 West, Marquette
(906) 225-1393

Holiday Inn  
1951 US 41 West, Marquette
(906) 225-1351

My Place  
2383 US 41 West, Marquette
(906) 232-1111

Ramada Inn 
412 West Washington Street, Marquette
(906) 228-6000

Landmark Inn
230 North Front Street, Marquette
(906) 228-2580

Staybridge Suites 
855 West Washington Street, Marquette
(906) 225-9901

Superior Stay Hotel 
1301 N 3rd St, Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 273-1800

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