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Northwestern Michigan College

Traverse City, MI 2-Year Public
Acceptance Rate55%
Acceptance Rate55%

About Northwestern Michigan College

Northwestern Michigan College Overview

Northwestern Michigan College is a public, state school in a small town setting in Traverse City, Michigan. Northwestern Michigan College was founded in 1951 and now enrolls around 4,609 students a year, including 4,609 undergraduates. Northwestern Michigan College ensures on-campus housing for up to 280 students. Most students live in off campus housing.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Northwestern Michigan College by August 22.

Student Activities at Northwestern Michigan College

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Northwestern Michigan College's theater groups.

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

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

2022 Northwestern Michigan College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 55%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
In-State Tuition $7,264
Out-of-State $9,472

Is Northwestern Michigan College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better view of what Northwestern Michigan College offers and if the school could be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Northwestern Michigan College

Northwestern Michigan College is not competitive to get into. The university admitted 55% of all applicants in 2015. Out of 1,909 applications received in 2022, 1,054 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northwestern Michigan College

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

Around 61% of students who start at Northwestern Michigan College come back for their second year of college. 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 Northwestern Michigan College Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Northwestern Michigan College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Northwestern Michigan College

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

For information on Northwestern Michigan College's financial aid options for first-year students, check with the school directly.

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

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. 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 Northwestern Michigan College.

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

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Where is Northwestern Michigan College Located?

Northwestern Michigan College is located in the small town setting of Traverse City, Michigan.

If you would like to see Northwestern Michigan College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 31 to Traverse City, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Cherry Capitol.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Northwestern Michigan College and Traverse City are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1701 East Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686-3061

Campus Setting: Small Town

Northwestern Michigan College 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 Northwestern Michigan College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northwestern Michigan College is Continuous processing.

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Northwestern Michigan College Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Northwestern Michigan College is like? There are approximately 4,609 students enrolled at Northwestern Michigan College. 44% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from MI and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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