Northern Michigan University


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.


Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in Michigan and 775th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 83.2
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $24,187
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 26 / 1180
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 21 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 75% / 71%
Enrollment Total (all students) 7,595



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


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