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Northern Michigan University

Marquette, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate71%
Acceptance Rate71%

About Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University Overview

Northern Michigan University is a public, state school in the small town setting of Marquette, Michigan. Northern Michigan University was founded in 1899 and now enrolls around 7,214 students per year year, which includes 6,611 undergrad students. Northern Michigan University offers on-campus housing for up to 2,956 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

Student Involvement at Northern Michigan University

Love music or performing? At Northern Michigan University you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Northern Michigan University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Northern Michigan University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Northern Michigan University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Northern Michigan University on the Student Life page.

2022 Northern Michigan University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 71%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.3
In-State Tuition $11,352
Out-of-State $16,848
Percent of Need Met 59.3%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,092

Is Northern Michigan University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer view of what Northern Michigan University offers and if the school could be a good fit for you.

Northern Michigan University Acceptance Rate 2022

Around 71% of applicants get into Northern Michigan University each year. Last year, 6,553 students applied to Northern Michigan University and 4,670 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northern Michigan University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 72% of students who start at Northern Michigan University come back for their second year of college. Around 53% of students who started at Northern Michigan University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Northern Michigan University Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Northern Michigan University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Northern Michigan University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Northern Michigan University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Northern Michigan University's endowment was valued at $61.4 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $7,703 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Northern Michigan University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Northern Michigan University meets 59.3% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,092 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $29,101 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Northern Michigan University.

Based on this information, is Northern Michigan University the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Northern Michigan University a good school for you?

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Where is Northern Michigan University?

Northern Michigan University is located in the small town setting of Marquette, Michigan.

If you would like to see Northern Michigan University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 41 to Marquette, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Sawyer International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Northern Michigan University and Marquette are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1401 Presque Isle Avenue Marquette, MI 49855-5301

Campus Setting: Small Town

Northern Michigan University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northern Michigan University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northern Michigan University is Continuous processing.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Northern Michigan University is like? There are approximately 7,214 students enrolled at Northern Michigan University, including 6,611 undergraduate students and 603 graduate students. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 75% percent are from MI and 25% percent of students are from other states.


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