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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B
Northern Michigan is a public university located in Marquette, Michigan. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,184 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Northern Michigan acceptance rate is 66%. Popular majors include Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, Arts, and Nursing Administration. Graduating 47% of students, Northern Michigan alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,500.
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Northern Michigan University Rankings

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Northern Michigan Admissions

Acceptance Rate
66%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
970-1180
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,243/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,455/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
93%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.75 responses
76%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.75 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
6
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    22%
  • On Campus
    74%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,184Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
905
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Nature loving
    57%
  • Down to earth
    23%
  • Hardworking
    13%
  • Nature gives us life
    4%
  • Outgoing
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
64%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.84 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.105 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Clean and Natural
    43%
  • Natural
    20%
  • Unique
    18%
  • Northern Michigan University has their quirks but
    6%
  • Better than expected
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • A lot of spirit and unique
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
47%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses
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Over all, I believe attending Northern Michigan University was the best decision I ever made. I made some great friends, the community feel is incomparable to other colleges, the opportunities offered are endless, there is always something to do or places to explore, etc. Since my first semester it has truly felt like home to me. The only changes I would like to see in the future is better food offered int the dining hall. There are very little options especially for people with dietary restrictions like myself. Lastly the parking availability is very inconvenient. There is almost always little to no parking available because there are so many people who have cars on campus. If I am paying $180 for parking I should not to park a mile away from the dorm halls most days. Other than those two inconveniences, Northern is a great school!
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I love Northern Michigan University because of it's homey feel. I knew the first day I moved in I wanted to stay there until my degree was finished. The community is amazing, the professors genuinely care about you, and the students are nice and outgoing. It was so easy to make life-long friends within the first couple of weeks! The courses are interesting and the professors always keep it a fun and an enjoyable time. There's always something going on that you can get involved in so you never feel alone or left out. They have plenty of student services you can reach out to no matter the problem you are having, they really make you feel like you matter and that they are there for you. To be honest, I wouldn't change a thing about Northern, it is great how it is now! They know exactly what they're doing and how to do it. I am genuinely excited to go back this fall.
My experience at NMU has been excellent and above expectation. Northern has welcomed me with open arms and given opportunities I would have never thought could exist to me. I came into Northern on freshmen probation due to my SAT scores and high school grade point average. When I was told I would be put in a program like this I was upset and angered, but it turned out to be the best thing to ever happen to me. The freshmen probation program here at Northern helped me with my learning skills and taught me how to become a better student. I went from graduating high school with a gpa of 2.5 to finishing my first semester of college with a 3.67 and on the Dean’s list. I was super excited that I accomplished a goal like this and was given the opportunity to become a tutor/teachers assistant to kids coming into college who happen to be in the same program as I was. At NMU you are “a student of Northern” not “a student who goes to Northern”. Plus it’s a good day to be a Wildcat!