Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University


Northern Michigan University, located in Marquette, Michigan along Lake Superior, is a four-year, public, comprehensive university with award-winning leadership programs, cutting-edge technology initiatives and nationally recognized academic programs. More than 75 percent of NMU’s 300-plus full-time faculty members have doctorates or the highest degree in their fields, and full-time faculty members teach at all levels - freshmen through graduate courses. Northern is one of about 300 colleges and universities nationwide to have the Carnegie Foundation’s “community-engaged campus” designation. NMU is one of the largest notebook computer campuses in the United States, with all full-time students receiving either a ThinkPad or MacBook as part of tuition.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Upward Bound

The six-week Upward Bound Math-Science program exposes students to various career fields, improves their problem-solving skills and enriches their appreciation for science and math. Students will experience adventure and develop lasting friendships. Learn more about Upward Bound

First-Year Experience & Transition First Year Experience

First Year Experience (FYE) is designed to help students successfully manage the transition to college. FYE is a learning community initiative that helps students develop strategies to maximize academic success, become familiar with campus resources, and cultivate positive relationships with faculty and other students. Learn more about First Year Experience

Academic Advising & Support Academic and Career Advisement Center (ACAC)

ACAC is responsible for student orientation, first year student advising, academic proficiency, tutoring and the freshman probation program. Advisers help students with choosing the best academic path for success and navigating options to be successful after graduation. Learn more about Academic and Career Advisement Center (ACAC)

Student Life & Support First Generation Student Office

The Dean of Students Office has a staff member dedicated to assisting first generation students with any issues or concerns and serves as an advocate for first generation students on campus. The office sponsors programs, social events, and a first generation awareness month. Learn more about First Generation Student Office

Student Life & Support Leadership Programs and Center for Student Enrichment

The Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP) is a two-year, nationally recognized leadership program which is committed to developing competent, ethical, and community-centered leaders. Superior Edge is a student development program encompassing a wide range of experiential activities complementing classroom instruction to provide students with a distinct advantage by preparing them for lifelong learning, graduate school, careers and life as engaged citizens. Learn more about Leadership Programs and Center for Student Enrichment

Mentoring First Wildcats Student Organization

First Wildcats student organization builds and strengthens connections between first generation college students and other NMU students, faculty, staff and campus resources. This organization provides first generation students with a support system of other students going through the same things, ways to make sure they succeed at Northern, and lifelong connections. Learn more about First Wildcats Student Organization

Mentoring Jump Start

Jump Start, a King*Chavez*Parks Initiative of Michigan, aims to improve retention rates of academically and economically disadvantaged students through academic and career workshops and networking opportunities. Jump Start students are teamed up with upperclassmen peer mentors. Peer mentors design programs to meet the specific needs of their students, including study sessions, career exploration sessions and social activities. Learn more about Jump Start

Student Diversity

  • 7,428
  • 45/55
  • 35%
    First-generation college students
  • 2%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 1%
  • 2%
    Black or African American
  • 3%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 84%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 2%

Student Success

  • 69%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 48%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • n/a
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • n/a
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 308
    Full-time faculty
  • 39
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 21:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Art and Design, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Biology, Elementary Education

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    First Wildcats, Black Student Union, All Nations Club, Latino Student Union, OUTLook, Native American Student Association, Many Shades of Sisterhood, Social Justice Committee


Cost of Attendance

  • $14,352
  • $8,952
    In-state Tuition
  • $668
    Required Fees
  • $9,286
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $19,823,394
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $11,892
    Average aid package
  • $25,727
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 38%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 63%
    Students with financial need
  • 85%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 43%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 17%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 5,983
    # of applicants
  • 68%
  • 3.28
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $35
    Application Fee
  • $35
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • rolling
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • rolling
    Early action application closing date