Northern Michigan University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Northern Michigan University
Northern Michigan University. Bobak Ha'Eri / Wikimedia Commons

Northern Michigan University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 70%, Northern Michigan University is a fairly open school. Those interested in applying will need to submit, along with an application, scores from the SAT or ACT, and high school transcripts. Campus visits are not required, but are encouraged for any interested applicants.

Admissions Data (2015):

  • Northern Michigan University Acceptance Rate: 70%

Northern Michigan University Description:

Located in the state's Upper Peninsula, Northern Michigan University is one of Michigan's 15 public universities, and the school occupies a 360-acre campus in Marquette. Students also have access to many off-campus locations for environmental and biological research. Outdoor lovers will appreciate the campus's proximity to hiking, snowmobile, bike, and cross-country ski trails. The region also boasts many opportunities for downhill skiing, kayaking, camping, and fishing. Northern Michigan students can choose from 147 degree programs ranging from one-year diplomas to a new Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

At the bachelor's degree level, popular fields of study include art, education, business, and nursing. Academics are supported by a 22 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Campus life is active with a wide range of student clubs and organizations that sponsor over 300 programs and events a year. Athletics are popular and the campus is home to a range of sport camps, recreational sports, and intercollegiate teams.

NMU's athletic facilities include the Superior Dome, the largest wooden sports dome in the world, and the U.S. Olympic Education Center, home to short-track speed skating, weightlifting, and Greco-Roman wrestling. On the intercollegiate front, the Northern Michigan University Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The university fields seven men's and nine women's sports. The hockey team competes at the Division I level.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 8,303 (7,507 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 88% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,766 (in-state); $15,262 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $730 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,838
  • Other Expenses: $1,836
  • Total Cost: $22,170 (in-state); $27,666 (out-of-state)

Northern Michigan University Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 92%
    • Loans: 68%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,098
    • Loans: $6,471

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Nursing, Social Work

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 22%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 49%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Ice Hockey, Skiing, Swimming, Football, Basketball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Volleyball, Track and Field, Skiing, Swimming, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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