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
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B
Northern Michigan University is ...
Public
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
70%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
890-1160
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No
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Cost

Net Price
$12,703/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,000/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,264/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,037/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,901/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,441/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
21:1
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.65 responses
74%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.65 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,637Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
44%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
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  • Nature loving
    61%
  • Down to earth
    26%
  • Hardworking
    11%
  • Nature gives us life
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
66%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.74 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.95 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Clean and Natural
    46%
  • Natural
    22%
  • Unique
    20%
  • Northern Michigan University has their quirks but
    7%
  • A lot of spirit and unique
    2%
  • Best time of my life
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
48%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
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 with NMU was wonderful overall. Marquette is a beautiful and safe place to live, with a great sense of community. If you love nature and the outdoors (and can handle cold & lots of snow!), this is a great place for you. Their education program is top-notch -- all of my professors were extremely knowledgeable and incredible mentors & teachers.

As far as campus, housing, and dorm life, some facilities are a little outdated. However, many have been updated or are in the works to be updated. The food on campus is alright, but there are quite a few options around so you can usually find something you enjoy! They were also extremely willing to work with food allergies, and now offer gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.
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My experience at NMU has been amazing so far! Everyone here is so nice and ready to help you with anything and everything. The campus is small which is perfect; it's not overwhelming and it doesn't take much time to get to and from classes. The dorms are small and rather old, but living in the dorms here has given me the opportunity to make some amazing friends. NMU has a great Psychology program and I enjoy going to all of my classes this semester. Whenever I get bored of being on campus, I can easily get around and go explore all of what Marquette has to offer. Nature surrounds you, so whenever you get stressed out or depressed, it's super easy to submerge yourself in nature, which is a great way to unwind and take your mind off things. I come from Grand Rapids, MI and at first I thought the distance would be a problem, but it isn't. I'm so glad I chose NMU!
My experience with Northern Michigan University has been amazing thus far. This is soon to be my third year in school after attending community college and my first year at Northern. The professors are all amazing, and down to earth with their students. They are experts in their fields of work and love to engage with others about their experiences and memories. The schoolwork keeps you very busy and engaged as well. The campus is beautiful, located right next to Lake Superior, you have an abundance of activities to do in or around Marquette, Michigan. A stroll to the beach for some relaxing studies isn't too uncommon in this area!