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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  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 6,207 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Northern Michigan acceptance rate is 74%. Popular majors include Arts, Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, and Nursing Administration. Graduating 49% of students, Northern Michigan alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,500.
About Northern Michigan University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
Website

Northern Michigan University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
74%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
940-1150
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$14,005/ 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
$6,977/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

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
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.72 responses
75%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.72 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,207Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
811
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Nature loving
    58%
  • Down to earth
    24%
  • Hardworking
    13%
  • Diverse
    2%
  • Nature gives us life
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
65%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.81 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.102 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Clean and Natural
    44%
  • Natural
    21%
  • Unique
    17%
  • 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
49%
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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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!
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The campus is wonderful and the surrounding town is gorgeous! If you enjoy the outdoors you will love this college. There is plenty to do around town and on campus such as surfing, hiking, skiing, or just shopping a the local sores. You will meet some wonderful professors that will inspire you fro years to come, while other may not be so great. This year it seems that they have hired a lot of new professors that don't have much experience with teaching though they will likely improve over time. The food is pretty good and they just renovated the dinning hall. There is a wide range of food options and they accommodate for people with food allergies as well as vegetarians.
Northern is an amazing school! Not only is it less than a mile from Lake Superior and a bunch of hiking trails and the adorable downtown Marquette, but the university is amazing! The professors are always there to help, I don’t think I have heard anything bad about any professors here. The class sizes are smaller which allows for great discussion and opportunities to get the help you need. There are hundreds of campus resources and staff to assist you with any problem to do with school, homework, personal issues, starting a club, planning, etc. They’re currently working on helping rebuild campus and update the residence life and university center. This campus is going to be construction free and beautiful within a year! The students are happier than any university I have ever seen.