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 a huge number of students. This indicator 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 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 fully 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

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Too many students for the amount of classes they offer, and when you do get into one finally, the amount it costs is ridiculous, unless you live in Grand Traverse County, be prepared to pay over twice the amount as someone who lives in the county would. 6,000 students and they only offer a two different class sections for a course, no wonder enrollment keeps going down.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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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Overall Rating:

Worked, lived, and went to school here. Clean campus surrounded by nature and beaches with lots of recreational things to do in the Summer. Try the student apartments which offer convenient living arrangements for adults attending college at NMC.

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Overall Rating:

I have completed four semesters at NMC living off-campus. I knew people who lived in the dorms but I wouldn't recommend them to my friends or family. The dorms closely resemble a prison with white brick walls, shared bathrooms (between 4 students, 2 rooms connected by the bathroom). The prices for these dorms are quite expensive in fall and spring semesters. The teachers for the most part are amazing. They are all (that i learned from) highly intelligent and friendly. Most often they are flexible and considerate. My only problem with some teachers is that in the beginning of the semester at the first class they would often claim "We are trying a new system out, this is the first time and i think it'll work better this way." Now... I don't know what that's supposed to mean but in almost all of these cases it leaves you attending a very unstable class with new and unused materials/processes. These were always extremely weird and complicated situations that made me view the teacher as less professional by the end of the term. They had the knowledge, they just delivered it very clumsily. I maintained above a 3.5 GPA which wasn't too difficult at all. You just had to study and be able to comprehend the class by yourself. You can't really rely on the teacher's new methods or materials because they are pretty much half-baked. My final and most weighted complaint is their prices for tuition/bookstore/cafeteria/dorms. They are literally raping your pockets. As you struggle to even attend school, do NOT plan to buy anything from the cafeteria. Extremely overpriced. The tuition costs are absurd for anyone outside of grand traverse county. I just feel like this school has great teachers whose bosses are after the student loan surge. I love learning but if it comes at these prices, i'ma go at it alone. With free online courses. Who cares that i didn't pay 40k+ for my nice degree. I have certificates that say the exact same thing--for free.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

WARNING--DO NOT LIVE ON CAMPUS. No A/C, No refrigerators and if your room is missing something good luck getting a replacement.. You're basically living in a sweat box for months on end. The staff is extremely up tight and obviously have never been anywhere but Traverse City and who hate their lives and have nothing else better to do than to kick people who aren't from the area out. A student was just kicked out of the dorms for a leaky Capri Sun juice pouch that was left unattended in the dorm hallway. Apparently this student will be facing carpet damage repair fees along with not receiving a reimbursement of nights that weren't spent there. Everything you do is on camera, this place is like big brother. You can only enter and exit one way in the dorms so they can watch you every time. Don't plan on driving around the campus at night unless you want to get pulled over by a rent-a-cop and get the 3rd degree on whether or not you live in the facilities no matter how many times you show a room key and ID. After all the harassment from the staff/ security and sleepless sweaty nights spent here I honestly cannot recommend these facilities to anyone looking to get a nice nights sleep, even if you are only staying for a weekend summer course, it's not worth it. Not to mention its $750 per month-- this again is no A/C, no fridge, no kitchen, its just your desk, bed and your sweat. For around $600 a month you can live in an apartment, get much better accommodations and have the comforts of sleeping at night with A/C.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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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