Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University was founded in 1899. It is a 4-year public university situated in Marquette, Michigan. The university is set on nearly 350 acres of land. NMU has a population of more than 9,000 students. It is the largest university of the Upper Peninsula. The university has 5 academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Professional Studies
  • School of Art and Design
  • Walker L. Cisler College of Business

The athletics teams of the university are called the Wildcats. Old gold and olive green are the official colors of NMU. The university sponsors many sports including golf, hockey, football, basketball, cross country, soccer, track & field and volleyball. Steven Wiig, actor; Mike Santorelli, NHL hockey player; John Lautner, internationally famous modern architect; and Howard Schultz, CEO and Chairman of Starbucks, are the notable alumni of the university.

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Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette , MI 49855
General Phone: (906) 227-1000

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Northern Michigan University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts234French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, social services, economics, ...
Education and Teaching207educational administration, educational supervision, education of emotionally disturbed, mental retardation education, education of learning disabled, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, ...
Business and Management195business, business management, accounting, accounting and finance, entrepreneurship, small business management, finance, financial planning, MIS, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine133nursing administration, licensed practical nurse
Security and Law Enforcement95criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work76foodservice management, family studies, child development, public administration, social work
Engineering Technician73electronics tech, electromechanical tech, HVAC tech, industrial tech, manufacturing tech, mechanical engineering tech, construction engineering tech, computer engineering tech, CAD and design ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy72parks and recreation studies, sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Medical Support and Technology68speech pathology, medical lab assistant, surgical tech, radiographer, cytotechnologist, medical lab tech, clinical lab tech, histotechnologist
Art Studies66art studies
Science62biology, biochemistry, botany, microbiology, zoology, physiology, ecology, chemistry, chemistry courses, ...
Therapy and Counseling56behavioral sciences, psychology, experimental psychology, organizational psychology, community health services
Media52communication studies, digital communications, public relations
Mechanics and Repair35HVAC, industrial mechanics, autobody repair, automobile mechanics, aircraft powerplant tech
Conservation and Resource Management25conservation, environmental science
Hospitality25hospitality management
Construction Trades24lineworker, property management
Photography and Commercial Art22commercial art, cinematography
Computer Science and Engineering18computer and info science, computer networking
Beauty and Cosmetology14cosmetology
Medical Administration9medical secretary
Office and Administration9administrative assistant, office data entry
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy
Architecture and Planning3urban planning
Production Trades2machinist
Design1industrial design
Fine Arts0crafts and folk art

Number of programs and degrees for Northern Michigan University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,20893
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years756
Master's degree15022
Post-master's certificate12
Associate's degree12224
Award of less than 1 academic year466

Northern Michigan University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Northern Michigan University had a total enrollment of 9,358 students (8,425 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 88%
Graduate 12%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 3%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 29%
20-21 28%
22-24 20%
25-29 9%
30-34 3%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%
65+ 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Northern Michigan University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 50 %

Northern Michigan University Room and Board (2007)

Northern Michigan University offers campus housing for 2,653 of its 8,425 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Marquette, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Northern Michigan University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT95%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Northern Michigan University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,078
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,230
Room and board $ 7,636
Room charge $ 3,842
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,794
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,838

Financial Aid:
Northern Michigan University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 230100)

Northern Michigan University Faculty

Northern Michigan University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3727
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4042

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year4$73,4292*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year6$74,9583$68,874

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year67$83,20933$74,287
Associate professoracademic year51$65,89333$59,613
Assistant professoracademic year44$53,89938$52,274
Instructoracademic year18$45,52016$43,629
No academic rankacademic year13$52,09610$56,476
All faculty totalacademic year193$66,340130$58,984

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Northern Michigan University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports334780

Northern Michigan University Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Finance
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Construction Trades
Building/Property Maintenance and Management

Industrial Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Geography Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Tech
Heating/AC/Refrigeration Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Microbiology, General
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Experimental Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General

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Top 19%Northern Michigan University Dorm rooms per full-time student

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