Northern Michigan University in Marquette

Marquette, MI

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Northern Michigan University offers 480-degree programs and 21 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 72%. The most popular test is SAT - 4% of students submitted it in comparison to 94% of students who submitted ACT. 46.3% are women, and 53.7% are men. 1% percents of international students. Northern Michigan University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Northern Michigan University is 12039$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $11904 and $20858 per year. 48% of full-time Northern Michigan University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $33,900, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Northern Michigan University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Northern Michigan University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$7,528
$30,001 - $48,000$10,068
$48,001 - $75,000$12,984
$75,001 - $110,000$16,272

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores


  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 4788

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


6071 of Northern Michigan University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 76 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Northern Michigan University number 17 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Michigan.

Students at Northern Michigan University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Northern Michigan University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Northern Michigan University graduation rate is below the national average.

48% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Northern Michigan University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores


  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Northern Michigan University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 2% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so Northern Michigan University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 6%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Northern Michigan University full-time retention rate is 74% and part-time retention rate is 29%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Northern Michigan University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1320 - 1710

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 440 - 580
Math: 450 - 580
Writing: 430 - 550

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Northern Michigan University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
19 - 24

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 17 - 24
Math: 17 - 24
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Northern Michigan University is 21:1, that means that for every 21 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Northern Michigan University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Northern Michigan University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Michigan.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Northern Michigan University

The campus located by 1401 Presque Isle address in Marquette, Michigan.


Northern Michigan University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Northern Michigan University with 0.4% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Northern Michigan University are burglary, aggravated assault, and forcible sex offense.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Northern Michigan University offers 480 programs in total: 275 are for Bachelor's degree, 67 - for Associate's degree, 66 - for Master's degree, 39 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, 18 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 6 - for 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate programs, 6 - for Post-master's certificate, and 3 are less than 1-year certificate programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 194 universities in Michigan state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree. Northern Michigan University is one of the few institutions in Michigan that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 21 distance learning programs that are offered in the Northern Michigan University: 18 are for Master's degree and 3 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Michigan state average data to help you compare.


Northern Michigan University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 7356 students with 220678 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 344 with 8248 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 276 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Northern Michigan University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

A college for retarded people

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Great campus, Marquette is amazing. Go CATS!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I find it interesting that the more recent reviews are on the more negative side. That says a lot. And they are true. I started going to NMU in 2012; beautiful college! It turned my life around and gave me direction for my life. But then recently (maybe the past 2 years[?]) the politics have went down the drain. Tuition has gone up just to make the university all 'fancy and attractive' to get more students. I believe that the education standards are what should be important. The professors, teachers, and faculty are phenomenal here, they genuinely care about their students. I guarantee you will receive a great education and hands on experience in you degree. But those who are not 'in the field work' so to speak (the ones who don't really interact with students and yet are the ones making the important decisions) are making poor decisions and appearing to be quite greedy sometimes. We don't need new buildings when they are okay, what we need is to pay our teachers. There have been cuts on how many there are, and class sizes are growing to be too big just to save money. There is a commercial on the radio right now that says 'classes are small so teachers get to know your name.' ...How are they suppose to do that when there are 140 (yes, 140!) students in one class alone? Classes themselves have been cut out, making less of a selection of topics to learn in specific fields/degrees; or required classes that one might have to take can only take it certain semesters. That makes it hard if they cannot find a teacher who not will do a Directed Study with them. I don't regret my decision coming here, and I want others to do as well, but it will take a lot of patience to do so when in reality it shouldn't be the case at all.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

This is literally the worst place to ever go to. It's corrupt, and it's a blemish on an otherwise gorgeous city. Their financial aid has been literally ruining lives, and just got worse with their PayPath crap they pulled, making you pay even more than usual for tuition, JUST for trying to pay online. It was implemented in 2016, yeah, way to get with the times. I know people who ended up owing upwards of 5 GRAND for a six credit semester, just because of bullshit the financial aid here would pull, changing their story on what goes wrong on the student's end, and more stunts like that. Not to mention their outright disgusting take on suicidal behaviors! There was a rule where you were not allowed to talk about any suicidal feelings you may have while on campus, and could be outright expelled for speaking of said thoughts! They backpedaled the following year after, but still, do you REALLY want to go to a place like this? I wouldn't.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Parents keep giving it good votes because they like how it looks. In reality, the university is poorly run. We loose students so they cancel outdoor classes, serve us crappy food, and make poorly thought out construction decisions. Most of us wouldn't drive so far if it wasn't for the outdoors. Also, the university took a political position. I don't care what anyone else's choice is, it's fine, but a public university should stay unbiased. They took a liberal position. This gets rid of a great number of students considering a lot of outdoorsmen are conservatives or libertarians. They send their news letter to alumni that donate and fund most of the university. The news letter is full of propaganda that would support a liberal opinion and that takes away half of their donations right there. Stay unbiased, keep the outdoor classes, and stop serving food that is just reheated leftovers from last week

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 1401 Presque Isle Avenue


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +9062272650

Institution is active in current year: 1

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