Northwood University


Founded in 1959 by Dr. Arthur E. Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer as the Northwood Institute; this private university’s name was changed to Northwood University (NU) in 1993. Northwood University has a residential campus in Midland, Michigan. What started with an enrollment of hundred students now boasts an enrollment of more than 1,900 students each year. NU also operates other campuses in Cedar Hill, Texas; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Montreux, Switzerland.

Information Summary

Ranks 39th in Michigan and 1363rd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 75.1
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $41,670
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 24 / 1180
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 34 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 79% / 36%
Enrollment Total (all students) 3,177


Northwood University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Northwood grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in diverse areas of study including advertising & marketing, aftermarket management, automotive marketing & management, computer information management, economics, fashion marketing & management, health care management, international business, and management information systems.

The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise at Northwood University strives hard to increase students’ experiences and reward their efforts by adding new events and networking opportunities. The objective of the center is to sharpen student skills and assist them in making important business connections. The Entrepreneur in Residence program marks one of the main contributions NU has made to the success of collegiate entrepreneurs.

NU Online:

With Northwood University’s online education programs, students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree online. The online program offers the flexibility to pursue higher education from your home or office without having to attend a traditional classroom. Students can earn entire degrees online or complete their degree through a blend of online and classroom-based courses. Some of the online degrees available at NU are Management, Automotive Marketing & Management, and Aftermarket Management.

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Students seeking admission to Northwood University Midland campus must send the completed application form along with their official transcripts and scores for the ACT or SAT. Getting a transfer to the university is also fairly easy. Prospective transfer students must send all of their official transcripts from previously attended institutes. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission but applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide proof of their proficiency in the language.

Financial Aid

Northwood University offers financial assistance to its students through several mediums such as scholarships, grants, loans and additional resources. All students seeking financial aid must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


The federal and state grants offered to NU students as a form of gift aid that requires no repayment. Some of the grants awarded to eligible students are the Family Tuition Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Northwood University Grant, and Michigan Tuition Grant.


Northwood University also offers a variety of scholarship programs for its students. Some of these scholarships are Merit Scholarships, Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Business Club Scholarships, Competitive Speech Scholarships, Mock Trial Scholarships, Transfer Club Scholarships, Freedom Transfer Scholarship, Free-Enterprise Transfer Scholarship, and Entrepreneur Transfer Scholarship.

Student Loans and Other Financial Aid:

Eligible students can also opt for the student loan programs offered at NU. However, this type of financial aid needs to be repaid with interest once a student graduates or leaves school. Some of the loans offered at NU are the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and Federal Direct GradPLUS Loan. NU also offers other additional resources for financial aid such as Michigan Student Aid, Internal Revenue Service, VA Education Service, and National Association of Student Aid Administrators.

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Student Clubs and Organizations:

The Student Life office at Northwood University is committed to the growth of student leaders. It provides a variety of programs and events to enhance each student’s campus experience. There are more than 40 registered student organizations and clubs on the campus. Some of the on-site clubs are Alpha Chi Omega, American Advertising Federation (AAF), Business Professionals of America, Cause for Paws, Delta Sigma Theta, Economics Association, Entertainment, Sport & Promotion Management Association (ESPMA), Financial Association of NU (FANU), Lighthouse Catholics, Living Word International Student Outreach, and International Business Association.

Greek Life:

Northwood University also has an active Greek life. There are more than 10 fraternities and sororities which form a strong community. The Greek organizations are governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). Some of the fraternities and sororities are Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Chi Rho, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, and Phi Delta Theta.

Campus Facilities:

Strosacker library at the Midland campus maintains a print collection of approximately 60,000 reference books, materials, 300 periodical titles and more than 50 DVDs. The collections for specialized curriculums include accounting, automotive, advertising, entrepreneurship, fashion, entertainment sport & promotion management, and hotel & restaurant management.

On-Campus Housing:

Northwood’s Midland campus also boasts an exciting residence life, with an atmosphere conducive to learning. The housing facilities are situated on-campus, allowing students conveniences just within walking distance. Some of the residence halls and apartments are Dubois Residence Hall, Miner Residence Hall, and Naegele Village Apartments. Each housing facility at NU is Wi-Fi ready and offers a variety of amenities including study rooms, TV lounge, vending areas, computer labs, 24-hour security, and more.

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Northwood University’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in sports such as volleyball, softball, basketball, golf, and soccer. NU is a founding member of the Red River Athletic Conference in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II and a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Northwood’s athletic teams are nicknamed the Timberwolves.

Intramural Sports:

Northwood students can also participate in a variety of intramural sports such as volleyball, softball, basketball, and flag football. The campus’ outdoor recreation area, playing fields, tennis court, and wooded jogging trails are the popular recreational venues. Students, faculty and staff members are encouraged participate in the club sports.


Prominent Northwood University alumni include:

  • Carol Gist, Miss USA 1990
  • Rob Childress, noted college baseball coach
  • Dick DeVos, 2006 Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate
  • Jose Jono Jumamoy, Municipal Mayor of Inabanga
  • Candice Miller, member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Additional School Information

Adult Degree Program:

Northwood University also offers the Adult Degree Program designed specifically for busy adults to help them realize their educational and career goals. NU understands adults’ educational needs and has developed an admissions and enrollment process tailor-made to suit their requirements.

Timberwolf Recreation:

Timberwolf Recreation provides recreation services, programs, and facilities for the community with emphasis on meeting students; needs. Timberwolf Recreation also strives to contribute to the mental, physical, and social development of the users by offering programs and services in an environment which encourages diversity, promotes healthy lifestyles, and presents productive leadership opportunities.


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