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Northern Michigan University (NMU)

  • Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


  • Acceptance Rate:


  • Level

    4 Years

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

    Not applicable

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


  • Website

  • Student Population Number of Students attending College


  • 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


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

  • High School GPA


  • Application Fee


  • 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


Additional Costs:

  • Books And Supplies


  • Other Fees


  • Room And Board The charges for an academic year for ooming 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


Most Popular Majors:

  • 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

  • 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

  • Marketing

    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

  • Economics

    15 Graduates

  • Public Relations, Advertising, and...

    15 Graduates

  • Mathematics

    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

  • Sociology

    12 Graduates

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

    11 Graduates

  • Business/Commerce, General

    11 Graduates

  • Geography and Cartography

    11 Graduates

  • History

    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

  • Chemistry

    9 Graduates

  • Cosmetology and Related Personal Gr...

    9 Graduates

  • International Relations and Nationa...

    9 Graduates

  • Philosophy

    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

  • Physics

    3 Graduates

  • Intelligence, Command Control and I...

    2 Graduates

  • Music

    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

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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.


Full-time / Part-time

87% / 13%

Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%












Two or more races


Non Resident alien




American Indian/Alaska native


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 Security

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.

24-Hour Security Patrol

Campus Emergency Phones

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

Mobile Campus Emergency Alert

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.

$5,500 - $31,000

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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