Northern Michigan University

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School Overview

Founded in 1899, Northern Michigan University (sometimes referred to as NMU or locally as Northern Michigan) is a public, coeducational university located in the Upper Michigan Peninsula in the city of Marquette. With a total annual enrollment of just over 10,000 students, NMU is the largest university in Michigan’s upper peninsula.

NMU comprises five academic colleges and schools, which include, the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Graduate Studies, School of Art and Design and College of Professionals Studies (home to the School of Education, Nursing, and Technology and Applied Sciences). Together these five academic divisions offers students a selection of over 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Within six months of graduation, about 81% of graduates are either employed or continuing their education. About 19% of graduates at NMU enroll in a graduate program immediately following graduation.

General Information

Admission Office

1401 Presque Isle Avenue

Marquette, MI 49855

(906) 227-2650

(800) 682-9797

Fax: (906) 227-1747

Contact: Gerri Daniels

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1401 Presque Isle Avenue

Marquette, MI 49855

(906) 227-1000

Total undergrads: 8,438

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,361

Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,240

Graduate enrollment: 685


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 74%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 74%

College Majors

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Banking/Financial Services B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Fashion Merchandising B
Hotel/Motel Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Vehicle Parts/Accessories Marketing B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Sport/Fitness Administration B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northern Michigan University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (906) 227-2650
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855-5301
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 7,732
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 50%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,783 (75% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $11,255
Out-of-state Tuition: $16,751
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 93%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,499

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Northern Michigan University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northern Michigan University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 12
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 72
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 5111
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 3
Construction Trades 11
Education 31912
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 244
English Language and Literature/Letters 22
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 4572
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2221
Legal Professions and Studies 112
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1211
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 53
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 4
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 31
Personal and Culinary Services 3
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 4
Precision Production 21
Psychology 123
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 121
Social Sciences 17
Visual and Performing Arts 15
Grand total 28269826

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northern Michigan University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,255
Out-of-state $16,751
Books and supplies $760

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,839
Out-of-state $13,295

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,498 93%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,352 84% $8,499
Student loan aid 1,074 67% $7,263

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 5,602 79% $7,438
Federal student loans 4,129 58% $6,176

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northern Michigan University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northern Michigan University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 7,677 3,019 4,658
Percent admitted 100% 65% 66%
Percent admitted who enrolled 21% 23% 19%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northern Michigan University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 7,732
Undergraduate enrollment 7,136
Graduate enrollment 596

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northern Michigan University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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