Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City

Traverse City, MI

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Northwestern Michigan College offers 207-degree programs and 18 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. 1 high safety campus. 47.5% are women, and 52.5% are men. 1% percents of international students. The average annual total cost of attendance at Northwestern Michigan College is 8295$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $7673 and $17098 per year. 17% of full-time Northwestern Michigan College students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $28,400, 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 Northwestern Michigan College 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, Northwestern Michigan College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$7,563
$30,001 - $48,000$7,978
$48,001 - $75,000$10,036
$75,001 - $110,000$12,439



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5325

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2338 of Northwestern Michigan College undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 52 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Northwestern Michigan College number 54 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Michigan.

Students at Northwestern Michigan College 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

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.

Graduation Rate


Northwestern Michigan College graduation rate is below the national average.

17% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Northwestern Michigan College 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 an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration 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 picture. 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 educational institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Northwestern Michigan College is 16:1, that means that for every 16 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 Northwestern Michigan College 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 Northwestern Michigan College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Michigan.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 1701 E Front St address in Traverse City, Michigan.


Main Campus 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 Northwestern Michigan College with 0.06% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are forcible sex offense, aggravated assault, and burglary.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Northwestern Michigan College offers 207 programs in total: 102 are for Associate's degree, 72 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, 27 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 3 - for Bachelor's degree, and 3 are 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 194 universities in Michigan state. Northwestern Michigan College 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 18 distance education programs that are provided in the Northwestern Michigan College: 12 are for Associate's degree, 3 - for less than 1-year certificate programs and 3 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore 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.


Northwestern Michigan College provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 2951 students with 88529 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Northwestern Michigan College

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Overall Rating:

Attended in 2013 and now again from 2018-2020. Lived in the North Hall dorms so far (the new ones with suites that are a bit expensive) and they're about as pristine of living as you're gonna get in a community college, walking distance to everything. Since limited parking space is arguably NMC's biggest problem in the late 2010's, being able to walk to classes is a huge advantage since parking there is a joke. I told them to build a parking garage. They seriously need one. That said for a community college this is a 5-star place to be, but the dorms people are talking about in negative reviews, The East Hall dorms, really do seem pretty awful judging from the 2 times I've been in there to visit friends. There's also on-campus apartments, for 21+ students. So basically here's how to do housing here: East Hall: if you're 18-20, have no regard for quality living and just want a place to goof around, study a bit, sleep, and munch on snacks between cafeteria meals (cheapest) North Hall: You're 20-29, have a bedroom's worth of stuff, and need a full kitchen w/ a refrigerator to share with 3 others, and would share a nice cleanly bathroom with 1-2 others and would like a nice shared living room area with couches. (usually most expensive option they have) Apartments: If you won't settle for less than regular apartment standards of living, have kids, spouse, etc., or have enough furnishings to fill out multiple rooms (middle cost option, I think) Between having a marine technology school, a stargazing observatory, an audio recording studio, an aviation school, an automotive garage, a music & art building, nursing programs galore, and a brand new "innovation center" going up in the year 2020, this is one of the best community colleges you'll find. If they'd switch to renewable energy like Ohlone College in Fremont, CA (another hidden gem of a community college), I'd rate NMC a *solid* 5 stars, instead of a 4.7 stars that I rounded up to match what's coming in the near future.

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Overall Rating:

For a community college this place rocks🤘i feel like NMC is my second home. I am grateful for the math center, so many days spent trying to master a skill that I have always struggled with, thank you for being there!

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Overall Rating:

My daughter goes to NMC and lives on campus! It has been the worst experience of her life. Her 1st night in the dorm it rained and was a constant stream of water on her bed. After hours went by maintenance put a bucket in the ceiling that is still there. Mind you she moved in in August! Also the heat does not work and you are not even allowed to have a heated blanket or space heater! As for the food, she works full time and has a full time class schedule so she has not been able to eat on campus but they still charged her $1200 for her meal plan and they will not refund her. Complete BS. Not to mention she has a roommate that loves a variety of boys in the dorm room and stays up all night so she can not study. Not to mention people laughing and carrying on in the halls until all hours of the night! She has decided to move out and of course break her contract. So now they are trying to charge her $900 unless she moves out prior to the semester ending and drop all her classes. How the hell can a school run like this. As far as I am concerned this school deserves a negative 5 star review!!!

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Overall Rating:

Beautiful campus, great place for a fresh out of high school student. Friendly professor's.

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Overall Rating:

Would give zero stars. Worst school ever. They lie at enrollment, during and after school. School sent me to collections 7 years after I left school. Has no records of the debt, all records so paid in full. But nobody cares to deal with this. I have made dozens of calls and have sat waiting for hours in these offices waiting for a capable person. Also was taught automotive classes by a parts counter guy. No effing way for 4,000$

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Location & Website

Address: 1701 E Front St


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +2319951000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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