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With two dormitories available, you’ll be close to your fellow students if you decide to live on campus. Northern Michigan University is spacious, with plenty of green spaces and parking, which is usually at a premium on college campuses. You can also enjoy the NMU Trailhead, where you can go for a relaxing walk to clear your mind, and there are also a few places to get a hot meal or cup of coffee if you don’t want to go to the dining hall.

Overview of Northern Michigan University

Marquette is the town closest to the university, but you’ll still need to drive to get there. The town is right next to the water, so you may even be able to go swimming before fall and winter hit.

NMU has a student population of 7,732, making it a smaller college in size. The school awards degrees ranging from associate to doctoral (professional practice) and certificates ranging from less than one year up to post-master’s. Keep in mind that the student-to-faculty ratio is high at 20 to 1, so if you have trouble with your classes, it may take some extra doing to get in touch with your professors right away.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 20:1
Graduation Rate 48%
Year Founded 1899

Student Enrollment

Total Students7,732


Undergraduate Student

Male 3,140
Female 3,996

Graduate Student

Male 262
Female 334

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Male 3,019
Female 4,658


Male 1,962
Female 3,074

Acceptance Rate66%

Male 65%
Female 66%

Enrollment 1,621

Male 717
Female 904
Application Fee $35
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Considered But Not Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline NA
Common Application Accepted NA

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

When you enroll in college, you and your family commit to paying for your education. The total cost includes in- or out-of-state tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other various fees and charges. This amount is $24,805 as of a recent academic year.

Financial aid can pay for a huge chunk of this cost. What’s left after financial aid is applied is called the ‘average net price’ In a recent school year, this was $15,201. But your final cost will depend on what financial aid you are eligible for, which often depends on your family’s annual income. In a recent year, families that earned under $30,000 paid around $9,137. Those earning between $75,001 and $110,000 paid around $20,208.

Many freshman students were eligible for financial aid in the most recent year; a full 93% of all attending the school. A slightly smaller percentage (84%) received grants or scholarships averaging $8,499 and 73% received institutional grants or scholarships in the average amount of $4,873.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $15,201
Average Total Aid $8,499
Students Receiving Financial Aid 93%
Room & Board $10,774

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $11,255
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $16,751
  • Books and Supplies - $760
  • Room & Board - $10,774
  • Other - $2,016


When you go to college, you move into a whole, new environment. It’s confusing and, sometimes, a little scary. It’s natural to want to leave and either go home or try a different school—but that’s not always the best way to deal with it and, most students at Northern Michigan University tough it out and even return their second year. If you decide to return for your second year, you’ll be included in the retention rate, which is already a solid 75%.

The 4-year graduation rate is a bit low at 29% and the 6-year graduation rate is 53%. These may seem particularly low, but they aren’t terrible for public schools, especially when you take into account that an average of 26% of students enroll at another institution when they leave this one. It’s possible that these students decided to move closer to home or found another school with a degree that was closer to what they were looking for, but there is nothing to indicate that they didn’t receive the educational foundation they needed to succeed.

One frustrating situation may develop if you find a time conflict between classes (rare) or between a class and a job or another responsibility. If this happens with one of the classes you require for graduation or one that won’t be offered again until after you leave, you can request a change in your schedule. Discuss with your advisor whether or not you can add the class as an evening or online course to clear your schedule up again.

The most popular degree programs at NMU are health professions and related programs; business, management, marketing and related support services; biological and biomedical sciences; visual and performing arts; and parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies.

Student Population Total

Student Population 7,732

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 193 Total Graduates / 16%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 107 Graduates
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 25 Graduates
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 19 Graduates
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 16 Graduates
All Business Majors 192 Total Graduates / 16%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 41 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 38 Graduates
Accounting 24 Graduates
Construction Management 24 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 125 Total Graduates / 11%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 94 Graduates
Neuroscience 14 Graduates
Biochemistry 12 Graduates
Zoology/Animal Biology 5 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 88 Total Graduates / 7%
Art/Art Studies, General 74 Graduates
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 9 Graduates
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 Graduates
Music, General 2 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 79 Total Graduates / 7%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 32 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 31 Graduates
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 16 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 42%

Outcome & Salary

You can check out how other graduates have done after leaving Northern Michigan University in order to get an idea of the possibilities. Graduate’s early-career salaries are around $46,100, while their mid-career salaries increase to $77,800.

The average 4-year cost of education is $60,804, which is going to be important in a minute. With those salaries as our base, we can see that graduates have a 10-year salary earning potential of $606,450 and a 20-year earning potential of $1,384,450. If you deduct your cost of education from both of these numbers, you can see your projected return on investment (ROI). Graduate’s 10-year projected ROI is $545,646 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,323,646.

Comparatively, a high school graduate’s national average salary is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $46,100
College Grads Average Salary $60,645
College Grads Mid Career Salary $77,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $606,450
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,384,450
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $60,804
10 Year Projected ROI $545,646
20 Year Projected ROI $1,323,646
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840