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About Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University is a public, state school in an small town setting in Marquette, Michigan. Northern Michigan University was founded in 1899 and now enrolls around 7,368 students a year, including 6,734 undergrads.

Northern Michigan University offers housing for up to 3,200 students. Most students live off campus,.

Northern Michigan University's endowment was valued at $47.518 million in 2021. The institution spends around $8,012 for each full-time student enrolled. Northern Michigan University employs one full-time professor for every 20 undergrads enrolled.

2021 Northern Michigan University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 67%
Average GPA 3.3
In-State Tuition $11,606
Out-of-State $17,102

2022 Northern Michigan University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Northern Michigan University Early Admission

Northern Michigan University does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Northern Michigan University

The acceptance rate at Northern Michigan University is 67%. Out of 6,233 applications received in 2021, 4,169 students were offered admission.

Northern Michigan University Waitlist 2021

Northern Michigan University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Northern Michigan University?

Northern Michigan University is considered to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Northern Michigan University, applicants must submit the following items.

Northern Michigan University Application Requirements

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Northern Michigan University Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Northern Michigan University is 3.3 out of 4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Northern Michigan University.

Does Northern Michigan University Require Test Scores?

Northern Michigan University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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Does Northern Michigan University Offer Student Housing?

Yes! Northern Michigan University provides on-campus housing for up to 3,200 students.

Northern Michigan University students are active in the school's EcoReps, Student Nurses Association and National Student Speech, Language, Hearing Association. Fall Fest, Make a Difference Day, and and The Drag Show are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Northern Michigan University.

Financial Aid at Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University meets 60.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,818 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve 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.

Is Northern Michigan University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a university is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northern Michigan University

About 76% of students who start at Northern Michigan University return the next year. Out of the 1,172 students who started at Northern Michigan University as first-time freshman, 333 graduate within four years.

Around 50% 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 Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $32,378 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Northern Michigan University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! 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 want 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

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Transfer Applications are Due

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

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Wondering what life at Northern Michigan University is like? There are approximately 7,368 students enrolled at Northern Michigan University, including 6,734 undergraduate students and 634 graduate students. 87% 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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