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Northern Michigan University

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Established in 1899 by the Michigan Legislature as the Northern State Normal School; Northern Michigan University (NMU) received its current name in 1963. This four-year comprehensive public university is located in Marquette, Michigan. NMU challenges its students and employees to think autonomously and significantly, develop lifelong learning habits, embrace diversity, acquire career skills, and become prolific citizens in the regional and global community.



Northern Michigan University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Its education programs are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The institute also holds other discipline-based accreditations from agencies such as American Chemical Society; Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Professionals; Council on Social Work Education; National Association of Schools of Music; State Board of Nursing; National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences; and Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration Certification.

Degrees Offered

Northern Michigan University offers more than 180 associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in diverse areas of study. Students can choose from a variety of majors and minors including accounting, alternative energies, anthropology, biology, business administration, chemistry, child care services, art and design education, accounting, business computer information systems, electronic journalism, marketing, mathematics, theatre, and zoology.

Students can also earn a variety of certificate programs in the field of their interest. The certificate programs are Automotive Service, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Clinical Assistant, Computer Numerical Control Technician, Cosmetology, Geographic Information Systems, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR), Office Services, Special Studies, and Welding. NMU also offers several pre-professional programs such as Pre-Architecture Program, Pre-Chiropractic Program, Pre-Dental Program, Pre-Engineering Program, Pre-Physician Assistant Program, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program.

Schools and Colleges:

NMU offers a variety of degree, diploma and certificate courses through the following academic schools: College of Arts and Sciences; Walker L. Cisler College of Business; College of Graduate Studies; College of Professional Studies; School of Nursing; and School of Art and Design.

NMU Online:

Northern Michigan University’s online learning platform offers a convenient way to enrich your mind, earn a degree and advance your career. NMU offers the same high-quality academics and outstanding personal attention offered on campus to students that participate in its online programs. Some of the complete online degree programs are Criminal Justice – Master’s Degree, Criminal Justice Management – Graduate Certificate, and Loss Prevention Management – Bachelor’s Degree.

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Prospective freshman students seeking admission to Northern Michigan University must send the completed application form along with their official transcripts and ACT / SAT scores to NMU. Getting a transfer to the university is also fairly easy. Applicants must send all of their official transcripts from previously attended institutes. International students are also welcome at NMU. Applicants from non-native English-speaking countries must provide proof of their proficiency in English.

Financial Aid

Northern Michigan University believes in providing equal opportunity for education to all, and therefore offers financial aid programs to assist those students who are unable to meet their educational expenses. Financial assistance is offered through various mediums such as scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. All students seeking financial aid must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Some of the student scholarships offered at NMU are the NMU Merit Excellence Awards, NMU Merit Awards, Presidential Scholars Competition, Leadership Scholarship, Freshmen Fellowships, Transfer International Academic Award, Graduate Student Assistantships, John P. Johansen Memorial Scholarship, International Student Scholarship, Earl and Miriam Hilton Memorial Scholarship, and the Weting International Student Fund.

NMU also offers loan programs for its students; however, this type of financial aid must be returned with interest. Eligible students can opt for different types of student loans such as the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Parent PLUS Loan, and Graduate and Professional Student PLUS Loan. Students can also opt for work-study programs, which allow them to take up part-time jobs to help pay for college. NMU also offers veterans benefits for the veterans and children of disabled or deceased veterans.

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Northern Michigan University boasts a vibrant and active student life. The student government acts as the voice of the student body. It organizes a variety of events and programs. There are several student clubs and organizations on the campus. Some of them are Alex’s Lemonade Stand, American Graffiti House, Aquatic Biological Society of NMU, Aviation Maintenance Club, Black Student Union, Campus Crusade For Christ Economics Student Association, Lutheran Student Movement, and Steppin’ Out Ballroom Dance Club. NMU also has an active Greek life, with several fraternities and sororities such as Alpha Gamma Delta, Greek Council, Kappa Beta Gamma, Panhellenic Council, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Tau Kappa Epsilon.

Media and Publications:

The North Wind is the first independent, student newspaper of the Northern Michigan University.

WUPX is a non-commercial, student run, radio station at NMU.

Campus Facilities:

NMU offers disability services for the students with documented disabilities. The center works with ADA accommodations to provide a variety of facilities for the students. The disability services works with other departments on the campus to provide adequate student services. The Academic and Career Advisement Center at NMU offers valuable advice to students to help them make the right academic and career decisions. The Student Support Services is one of six TRIO outreach and support programs at NMU. It is targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities in their academic pursuits.

The Residence Life department at NMU has taken various steps to make the campus a more friendly place for the students to call home. Some of the on-campus residence halls include Gant Hall, Halverson Hall, Hunt Hall, Magers Hall, Meyland Hall, Payne Hall, Spalding Hall, Spooner Hall, VanAntwerp Hall, and West Hall. The University also houses several residential apartments such as Woodland Park, Lincoln Apartments, Summit / Center Apartments, Center / Norwood Apartments, and Norwood Apartments. Each of the housing facilities is well furnished and equipped with modern amenities for the convenience of the students.

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Northern Michigan University’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as basketball, football, golf, skiing, cross country, soccer, volleyball, and swimming/diving. The sports teams are nicknamed the Wildcats. The University takes part in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The hockey team competes in Division I as a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.


Prominent NMU alumni include:

  • Jackie Swanson, noted actress
  • Howard Schultz, CEO and chairman of Starbucks
  • Jason Cameron, noted actor and personal trainer
  • John Lautner, internationally famous modern architect
  • Steven Wiig, noted actor and musician


  • Northern Michigan University. 2011.
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Ranks 27th in Michigan and 841st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Michigan and 409th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 13 0.14
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 10 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 44 0.47

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 14 0.07
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 19 0.09
Robbery 1 0.00
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 51 0.24
Larceny 355 1.66
Vehicle theft 8 0.04

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Marquette, MI 49855
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population32,378 (24,431 urban / 7,947 rural)
Households12,559 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,911
Families7,378 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2601

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1574th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,388 $8,388 $13,464
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $649 $649 $649
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $350 $350 $561
FT Graduate Tuition $6,832 $6,832 $9,832
FT Graduate Required Fees $649 $649 $649
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $427 $427 $615
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,273 $20,273 $25,349
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,273 $20,273 $25,349
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,577 $11,577 $16,653

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,414 $8,709 $8,414 $8,709 $13,142 $13,605
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,174 $8,404
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,559(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,174 $8,404
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,559(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,559(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,743 (2,841 male / 3,902 female)
Admitted 4,931 (2,050 male / 2,881 female)
Admission rate 73%
First-time Enrollment 1,680 (761 male / 919 female)
FT Enrollment 1,661 (752 male / 909 female)
PT Enrollment 19 (9 male / 10 female)
Total Enrollment8,918

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

754th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,609
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,374
Board Fee$4,322

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 31 24 18 11 40 1,601 57 1,798
Accounting 6 13 19
Accounting and Finance 2 2
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 4 4
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 15 2 17
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3 3
Art Teacher Education 2 2
Art/Art Studies, General 1 3 2 5 86 5 103
Athletic Training/Trainer 16 16
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 7 7
Behavioral Sciences 13 13
Biochemistry 1 6 7
Biology Teacher Education 3 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 1 38 1 42
Botany/Plant Biology
Building/Property Maintenance 2 2
Business Administration and Management, General 6 1 1 42 1 51
Business/Commerce, General 11 1 12
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 6 6
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 1 1
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 2 2
Child Development 7 7
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 17 1 19
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 9 10
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 8 8
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 1 11 12
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 21 1 23
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 1 1 25 1 28
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 11 12
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General 7 7
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 28 28
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 1 12 1 14
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Creative Writing 33 34
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3 1 4
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 3 4 1 4 93 7 114
Curriculum and Instruction 2 2
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 1 1
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 2 10 13
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 1 5
Ecology 14 1 15
Economics, General 15 15
Education, Other
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 4 4
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation 1 1 6 8
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 1 11 12
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 1 17 2 20
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 12 1 14
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 1 1
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 39 2 43
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 1 2 39 2 47
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 7 7
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 12 1 13
Environmental Science 2 10 12
Environmental Studies 11 12
Experimental Psychology 1 13 15
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 8 1 1 17 1 28
Finance, General 5 5
Financial Planning and Services
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 1 1
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 9 10
Forensic Chemistry 1 4 2 7
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature 2 1 3
General Studies 1 21 23
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 5 2 7
Geography 7 7
Geology/Earth Science, General 3 3
German Studies 2 2
Health Teacher Education
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 2
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 9 1 10
Histologic Technician
History Teacher Education
History, General 1 20 22
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 21 21
Human Development and Family Studies, General 3 1 4
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 24 24
Industrial Technology/Technician 4 1 5
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 1 8 9
International Relations and Affairs 10 2 12
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 1 35 39
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 8 9
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Lineworker 2 27 2 31
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 1 1
Management Information Systems, General 1 13 14
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 1 1 15 19
Mathematics Teacher Education 4 4
Mathematics, General 4 4
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 12 12
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 19 20
Microbiology, General 5 5
Music Teacher Education 2 2
Music, General 3 3
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 1 28 1 32
Nursing Administration 1 82 3 87
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 20 20
Philosophy 5 5
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 2 15 1 20
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General 1 3 4
Physiology, General 2 33 1 36
Political Science and Government, General 1 2 1 8 12
Pre-Law Studies 1 8 10
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Psychology, General 1 2 34 1 38
Psychology, Other 1 11 12
Public Administration 1 10 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 3 3
Public Relations/Image Management 15 15
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 9 9
Reading Teacher Education 11 1 12
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 10 10
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 4 4
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1
Security and Loss Prevention Services 5 5
Small Business Administration/Management 2 2
Social Sciences, General
Social Studies Teacher Education 9 1 10
Social Work 1 1 39 41
Sociology 1 16 1 18
Spanish Language Teacher Education 4 4
Spanish Language and Literature 6 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 16 16
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 10 11
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 1 19 21
Surgical Technology/Technologist 2 21 23
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 3 3
Welding Technology/Welder 1 16 1 19
Zoology/Animal Biology 1 1 14 1 17

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1499th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,940 ($70,922 male / $59,771 female)
Number of FT Faculty 332 (193 male / 139 female)
Number of PT Faculty 484
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $12,426,408

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