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Northern Michigan University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University is a 4-year, public university located in the small town of Marquette, in Michigan's upper peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Marquette is the Upper Peninsula's largest city with just over 20,000 residents and is located close to natural areas, including hiking, ski and snowmobile trails, waterfalls and bike trails.

Northern Michigan University was listed as one of U.S. News & World's Report's Top Public Schools in 2012. It has also earned national recognition for its student laptop program, which ensures that all incoming freshmen are provided with a laptop upon enrolling.


Northern Michigan University comprises 4 colleges and offers 180 degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's and master's level, as well as graduate certificate programs. The most popular majors are nursing administration, criminal justice and art studies. The average class size is 30 students.

The university has one library, the Lydia M. Olson Library, which is located in the Edgar L. Harden Learning Resources Center. The library houses a depository of government documents from the state of Michigan and the federal government.

Educational opportunities at Northern include the Freshmen Fellowship program, which partners freshmen with faculty members for collaboration on various research projects. The university also offers an Individually Created Program, which allows students to custom-tailor a bachelor's degree program, based on their goals and interests.

Northern Michigan University offers online learning opportunities, including several master's degree programs that can be completed entirely online. The university also offers opportunities for study abroad and has affiliations with schools in France, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Italy and Austria.


Northern Michigan University accepts applications all year long. Students can submit applications online or mail a paper application to the university. To apply to Northern, incoming freshman should submit the application, an official high school transcript and either ACT or SAT scores, as well as the $30 application fee. 72% of all students who applied in 2011 were accepted, and of those, 39% went on to enroll in classes.

Of the university's nearly 9,500 students in 2011, 8,712 were undergraduates and 693 were graduate students. The student population is 87% white, 53% female and 89% full-time. The university accepts Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores for undergraduate credit.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For residents of the state of Michigan, undergraduate tuition for a full-time student was $4,323 per semester in 2012; for non-residents, it was $6,711. These numbers include a $291 university fee. Students spend approximately $900 per year on books and materials.

Cost of living for undergraduates who are Michigan residents was just over $19,000 per year in 2011-12 and about $24,000 for non-residents. Northern Michigan offers scholarships for talent in art, drawing, music and theatre, as well as several NMU Foundation Scholarships, which are supported by private donors.

Graduate tuition is the same across all programs, except for the MBA program, which costs slightly more per credit hour than the other programs. While graduate tuition differs for residents and non-residents (who pay $410.50 and $591 per credit hour, respectively) MBA students pay $599 per credit hour, regardless of residency. Graduate assistantships are available to help grad students pay for their education.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small town**
Student Body 8,712 undergraduates, 693 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 10 residence halls; all single undergraduates are required to live on-campus for at least the first 2 years of attendance.*
Schools (and/or) Programs 4 schools, 180 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Associate's: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies (25) Bachelor's: Nursing Administration (102) Master's: English Language and Literature (28)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 17% in 4 years, 48% in 6 years**
Admission Rate 72% in 2011**
Entering Class Size About 1,800 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 73% for full time students, 36% for part time students**
SAT (and/or) ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores 20-24 in 2011**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; applications accepted all year long.*
Decision Notification Date 10 to 14 days after receipt of application*
Tuition (YEAR) 2012 costs are $8,709 for Michigan residents; $13,605 for non-residents (annual rate includes student fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (43%), state and local grants (22%), institutional scholarships and grants (67%), federal loans (67%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 97% in 2011**

Sources: *Northern Michigan University, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855
  • Phone: 906-227-2650
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