FAQs

What are my meal plan options? +

All students living on campus are required to participate in a meal plan, which allows them to eat at either the Wildcat Den or Northern Lights Dining. All Freshmen are required to be on the Platinum, Gold or Silver plan which allows for unlimited meals per week.  After their Freshman year, students can remain on Platinum, Gold or Silver, or choose the Bronze meal plan.

Where do I buy or change a Meal Plan? +

Meal plans can be changed prior to the beginning of the semester with the Housing Office (227-2620). After the semester begins, changes to meal plans may be made for the first two weeks of the semester at the Wildcat Express Center, located on the first floor of the Northern Center.

Do I have to have a meal plan while living on campus? +

For 2019-2020, Northern Michigan University requires those students living in residence halls to be on one of the meal plans: Platinum, Gold or Silver (unlimited meal per week) or Bronze (10 meals per week.) Freshmen students must participate in the Platinum, Gold or Silver plan. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors may select one of the other plans. Spooner Hall residents may also choose the Spooner Hall meal plan.  If you have questions please contact NMU Dining’s Registered Dietician at 906-227-6624 or email DiningRD@nmu.edu.

If you have further questions about your Room and Board Contract please contact Housing and Residence Life at housing@nmu.edu or call 906-227-2620.

For meal plan details and rates visit the Wildcat Express Center.

Students living in the on campus apartments are not required to have any meal plan but if they would like one they can choose from all the residential meal plans and the DINE NMU plans that we offer. More information is available on the meal plans web page or the Wildcat Express Center.

What is an X-Change?  +

X-Changes will be accepted at our new quick service restaurant (opening in Fall 2019 inside the Northern Center) and can be used to purchase from a special menu.  X-Changes are included in several meal plans, including Platinum (6), Gold (4), and Silver (2).  X-changes will renew weekly and offer a great opportunity to dine at the new restaurant while using your meal plan.

Who can I talk to about my diet and food choices at dining locations? +

NMU Dining has a registered dietitian on staff to serve the student population on campus.  Brett Peterson would be happy to talk to you about any dining questions you may have. Visit his webpage, DiningRD@nmu.edu or call: 906-227-6624 to set up a free consultation.

Who can I talk to about the food options available at my dining locations and my food quality? +

NMU Dining has a registered dietitian on staff to serve the student population on campus. He would be happy to talk to you about any dining questions you may have. Visit his webpage, DiningRD@nmu.edu or call: 906-227-6624 to set up a free consultation.

How does an all you care to eat meal plan work? +

Upon entering Northern Lights Dining, your NMU I.D. card is swiped and you are allowed access.  If you leave the dining location, you must swipe your card again to eat.

How do I add CatCa$h to my Wildcat Express Card? +

CatCa$h can be added by cash, check or credit card in the Wildcat Express Center, at get.cbord.com/nmu or at Harden Hall through the Value Port cash machine. The Wildcat Express Center is located in Room 1227, on the first floor of the Northern Center.  During the academic year, the Wildcat Express Center is open 8 am-5 pm Monday through Friday.

How is CatCa$h different from Dining Dollars? +

Dining Dollars and CatCa$h function in a similar way, but have some important differences. CatCa$h must be added by students to their ID card.
Dining Dollars expires at the end of the winter semester while CatCa$h never expires. Both are accepted at the following locations: Fieras, Cat Trax Convenience Store, Northern Lights Dining, the Wildcat Den, Starbucks, Smoothie King, Temaki, Sundre and Melted. Additionally, CatCa$h can be used at Harden Hall for printing, copying, and other needs.

How do I get/use a guest pass for a visitor? +

If part of your meal plan, guest passes are pre-loaded on your NMU I.D. card.  Upon entering Northern Lights Dining, let the Dining Services employee know that you would like to use a guest pass for your visitor’s meal.

What should I do if I lose my Wildcat Express Card, if it stops working, or if it gets stolen? +

Immediately notify the Wildcat Express office or log on to get.cbord.com/nmu if your card is lost or stolen. Your NMU I.D. card can be replaced for a fee at the Wildcat Express Center in Room 1227 on the first floor of the Northern Center.

Where can I open a new Flagstar College Checking account? +

Visit any Flagstar banking location including those located nearest to campus (shown below). Flagstar bankers will also be on campus during peak times throughout the school year.

  • 1106 Northern Center | 906.226.0006
  • 101 West Washington Street | 906.228.1425
  • 1300 North Third Street | 906.228.1270
  • 2025 US Hwy 41 West | 906.228.1323

What do I need to bring to open a checking account at Flagstar? +

You will need two valid forms of identification:

  • Government-issued identification card from the federal, state, tribal, local, or foreign government. Examples include: Driver’s license, state-issued ID card, passport, and military ID.
  • Second identification from the above list, or a recognized business, educational institution, or government agency. Examples include: Student ID card, Social Security card, Resident Alien card, and Matricula Consular card.
  • Your Social Security Number
  • A $50 opening deposit