Acceptance Rate


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About Northern Michigan University (NMU)

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College


Accreditation Accreditation is the process by which the quality of learning at various educational institutions are evaluated. Read More.


Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Not applicable

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Northern Michigan University (NMU) is a public institution, headquartered at Marquette, in the state of Michigan U.S. It was established in the year 1899. It has a student population of 7,865 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies.

It is one of the 2 universities in the state of Michigan which provides entrepreneurship as a major. It also offers rare programs like ski management and wildland firefighting that are being offered only by a few universities in the U.S.

It offers more than 177-degree programs and 29 of them are online degree programs. The university was started with the sole purpose to educate students and teachers. The professors are experienced and offer the students help when required for both online and on-campus students.

NMU’s main campus is located in a small city with 350 acres of huge campus. Its high rated placement offered programs include Business, Clinical Sciences, Engineering Technology, Music Education, Theater and Line, Power Technician.

  • NMU acceptance rate is 66% with the student-faculty ratio is 20:1. The retention rate of the university is 75% and the total graduation rate is 45%.

  • It is accredited by a regional accreditation agency by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1916.

Location & Contact


1401 Presque Isle Avenue


Email: N/A
Phone: 9062272650
Fax: 9062271747
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According to the U.S. News and World Report, Northern Michigan University rankings are:

  • 81 in Regional Universities Midwest.

  • 17th in Top public schools.

  • 68 in Best Value Schools.

  • 50 in Best colleges for veterans.

  • 350 in Business programs. 


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

Rolling Admissions

Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

970 - 1180

ACT Range

20 - 26

Application Fee




High School GPA


Accept Common App


It processes its applications on a rolling basis. There are no deadlines but the University wishes to assist students well in advance for the semester.

Additionally, a candidate has to maintain the SAT/ACT range of 970 - 1180 or 20 - 26 to be eligible to get into NMU

Steps to apply for admission to NMU are cited below in the following:

  • Complete the application for admission into the program of choice.

  • Pay the application fee of $35 online, by phone, by mail, or money order.

  • Transcripts or GED should be sent to the admission office directly.

  • Send SAT/ACT scores to NMU.

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


Average Annual Cost


Books And Supplies


Other Fees


Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


Budget For Other Expenses


Total One Year Cost


From the above table, it is clear that the average annual cost to attend NMU is $9,984. The students also need to budget for other expenses which include the following:

NMU room and board amounting to $10,666 while books and supplies amount to $800.

For any further information about tuition and ways to pay, we suggest you follow our tuition and programs page.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Criminal Justice and Corrections

95 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

92 Graduates

Registered Nursing, Administration,...

78 Graduates

Biology, General

65 Graduates

Natural Resources Conservation and...

55 Graduates

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science...

53 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

51 Graduates

Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

50 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

49 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

48 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

40 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

37 Graduates

Hospitality Administration/Manageme...

35 Graduates


34 Graduates

Electrical and Power Transmission I...

32 Graduates

Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

30 Graduates

Social Work

30 Graduates

Physiology, Pathology and Related S...

29 Graduates

Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursi...

28 Graduates

Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintena...

27 Graduates

Construction Engineering Technologi...

26 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

26 Graduates

Psychology, General

25 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

24 Graduates

Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studi...

24 Graduates

Precision Metal Working

24 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

23 Graduates

Political Science and Government

21 Graduates

Zoology/Animal Biology

21 Graduates

Behavioral Sciences

19 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

19 Graduates

Electrical Engineering Technologies...

18 Graduates

Mental and Social Health Services a...

18 Graduates

Communication Disorders Sciences an...

16 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

16 Graduates


15 Graduates

Public Relations, Advertising, and...

15 Graduates


14 Graduates

Computer Engineering Technologies/T...

13 Graduates

Film/Video and Photographic Arts

12 Graduates

Mechanical Engineering Related Tech...

12 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

12 Graduates


12 Graduates

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

11 Graduates

Business/Commerce, General

11 Graduates

Geography and Cartography

11 Graduates


11 Graduates

Industrial Production Technologies/...

11 Graduates

Research and Experimental Psycholog...

11 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

11 Graduates

Building/Construction Finishing, Ma...

10 Graduates

Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and...

10 Graduates


9 Graduates

Cosmetology and Related Personal Gr...

9 Graduates

International Relations and Nationa...

9 Graduates


9 Graduates

Entrepreneurial and Small Business...

8 Graduates

Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

8 Graduates

Microbiological Sciences and Immuno...

8 Graduates

Neurobiology and Neurosciences

8 Graduates

Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

8 Graduates

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Tech...

8 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

7 Graduates

Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, an...

7 Graduates

Health and Medical Administrative S...

7 Graduates

Management Information Systems and...

7 Graduates

Legal Support Services

6 Graduates

Drafting/Design Engineering Technol...

5 Graduates

Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

5 Graduates

Area Studies

4 Graduates

Computer/Information Technology Adm...

4 Graduates

Business Operations Support and Ass...

3 Graduates

Foods, Nutrition, and Related Servi...

3 Graduates

Ventilation and Refrigeration Maint...

3 Graduates


3 Graduates

Intelligence, Command Control and I...

2 Graduates


2 Graduates

Public Administration

2 Graduates

Allied Health and Medical Assisting...

2 Graduates

Computer Systems Networking and Tel...

1 Graduates

Environmental Control Technologies/...

1 Graduates

Fire Protection

1 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




84% White

3% Unknown

2% Black

4% Hispanic

4% Two or more races

1% Non Resident alien

1% Asian

1% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


Out Of State


In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$57,050 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $4,974/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

olive green and old gold

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)




Ice Hockey



Swimming and Diving

Sports Team (Women)


Cross Country





Swimming and Diving

Track and Field


Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


The university offers on-campus housing facilities to the students who wish to stay on the campus. At NMU, $10,774 is the normal expense for on-campus housing, which a student will be needed to pay, each year. The average meal plan at NMU costs around $4,974 a year. Notably, students at the varsity get to choose from various dining and meal plan options as well. The university considers the safety and security of its students to be paramount. At NMU, campus safety and security features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. There are around 44% male and 56% female students enrolled at the university.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$57 - 322

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


The Financial Aid department of NMU is working round the clock to assist students to pay for their education. The assistance is provided in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants.

A candidate has to file the FAFSA and receive the Student Aid Report to determine their eligibility and financial position.

Northern Michigan University (NMU) federal school code is 002301.

  • Pell grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and TEACH grant are the federal grants available. Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, and Direct PLUS Loan are the federal loans available. Federal work-study is also available as Federal Financial Aids.

  • Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), and Fostering Futures Scholarship, Children of Veterans Tuition Grant, GEAR UP College Day scholarships are the state scholarships and grants available for the students as state aids.

  • Wildcat Achievement Scholarship, Waldo Scholarship, and National Academic Award are the institutional scholarships and awards available as Institutional.

  • Montgomery GI Bill, Survivors and Dependents Assistance, and Post 9/11 GI Bill are the Military Aid available for the students. 155 students received Post 9/11 GI Bills.

About 90% of the students received either federal, state, or institutional aids from the university. $12,667 is the average amount awarded as a grant or scholarship per year.

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