Northern Michigan University

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1401 Presque Isle Avenue

Marquette, MI 49855

Phone: (906) 227-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#76 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Northern Michigan University is a public institution that was founded in 1899. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,451, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 350 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Northern Michigan University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 76. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,912 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,930 (2013-14).

Northern Michigan University is located in Marquette, on the state’s Upper Peninsula near the southern shore of Lake Superior. All students receive a ThinkPad or iBook laptop included in their tuition. The Northern Michigan Wildcats compete in the NCAA II and several athletic conferences, including the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA). Northern Michigan University is also home to the only U.S. Olympic Education Center in the country, where athletes are trained in speedskating, boxing, and Greco-Roman wrestling, among other sports.

Graduate students can enroll in programs through the NMU business school, nursing school, and more. Notable alumni of Northern Michigan University include Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks; snowboarder Nick Baumgartner, a member of the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team and a gold medalist at the Winter X Games; and renowned architect John Lautner.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Why do we say "Northern. Naturally." at Northern Michigan University? Well, there are the snowy peaks. And the crashing waves. And the more than 400 miles of rivers and streams just minutes from your residence hall door. But we also say it because you may find the fit so perfect - so natural - you'll never want to leave. And at Northern, learning comes naturally, thanks to the great outdoors that serves as a natural extension of the classroom.

At Northern, your future will come clearly into focus. That's what happens when you're surrounded by people who want what you want: Your success. Northern, after all, is known for having faculty who aren't just smart (though most have doctorates or are leaders in their fields), but who are caring people who will provide you with the personal attention you need to get where you want to go in life. We offer 180 degree programs, so we're sure to have the area of study you're most passionate about.

Recognized by U.S. News and World Report's ranking of America's Best Colleges, Northern is a dynamic regional public university (located in the Upper Peninsula - or the "U.P.") on the southern shore of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan (pop. 21,524). The city was named one of 30 "America's Most Livable Communities." It's also one of Michigan's "Cool Cities" - and Marquette County received the National Civic League's "All-America County Award."

Our 350-acre campus and the surrounding area serve as a natural extension of our classrooms. When you're researching mercury contamination in loons, you won't just look at pictures - you'll see these birds up close. Our Freshman Fellows program pairs selected fellows with a faculty member for collaborative research. And, thanks to our First Year Experience program, you'll get off to a great start at Northern. On campus, you'll learn in places like our state-of-the-art Seaborg Science Complex, which has more than two dozen labs, and our beautiful Thomas Fine Arts facility, with exquisitely acoustic Wenger practice studios, and our sophisticated Art and Design facility, which was recognized by the American Institute of Architects. Our library is award winning, too - and our sports and recreation complex includes the Superior Dome, the largest wooden dome in the world. The United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) makes Northern one of only four Olympic training centers in the nation - and the only one located on a college campus. Northern's campus has everything within walking distance. When the winter winds are blowing, you and your friends will stay warm - thanks to the enclosed walkways that connect many of our buildings.

And at Northern, we keep you naturally connected. Northern's Teaching, Learning and Communication Initiatve (TLC) made us the first public university in Michigan to equip all full-time students with a ThinkPad (or MacBook for art majors) - loaded with the latest software - as part of tuition and fees. In fact, we guarantee you'll never have a computer that's more than two years old. Northern is one of the largest computer notebook campuses in the United States. We've even earned national and international awards for innovation in technology.

And sometimes the best way to learn is by doing - even by getting your hands a little dirty. That's why Northern offers tons of opportunities for you to get real-world experience - before you have to enter the real world. Maybe it's heading out to a white pine forest to study the nesting habits of bald eagles. Or using the Dimension 1200 SST machine in the Human Centered Design Studio to create a plastic prototype of the funky coat rack you designed first as a three-dimensional computer model. Perhaps it's preparing for a career in broadcasting using cutting-edge technology like ProTools HD and Final Cut Pro. Or maybe it's interning with the Green Bay Packers or a senator in Washington, D.C.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1899
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Northern Michigan University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Northern Michigan University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Northern Michigan University is 22:1, and the school has 31.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northern Michigan University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 22:1
4-year graduation rate 20%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Education 12%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Northern Michigan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,451, with a gender distribution of 46.6 percent male students and 53.4 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. Northern Michigan University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,098
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Northern Michigan University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Northern Michigan University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Northern Michigan University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Northern Michigan University, 66.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,365.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,912 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,930 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,648 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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