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The College of Menominee Nation is a private, not-for-profit college that is quite small. A total of just 191 students were enrolled in a recent year, offering a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1; this is among the lowest student-to-faculty ratios in U.S. colleges. The school was founded in 1993 and offers educational opportunities to Indigenous students (Menominee, Mohegan, Oneida, Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Navajo, and other tribes). Along with the Indigenous students, CMN also welcomes non-Native American students to the campus.
Overview of College of Menominee Nation
Campus housing is not available, so students should be ready to commute from home or find somewhere to rent in the small town of Keshena, Wisconsin.
The college awards associate and bachelor’s degrees to graduates, as well as certificates for programs lasting more than one year and less than two years. The college will not accept dual credits, AP credits, or credit for life experiences; you’ll earn credits only for classes you complete.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Rural: Distant|
|Student Faculty Ratio||5:1|
|High School GPA||NA|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||NA|
|College Prep Courses||NA|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||NA|
|Common Application Accepted||NA|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
The cost for attendance at the College of Menominee Nation is slightly higher than a new sedan. All cost categories put together in the estimate include tuition, books, supplies, rent, utilities, food, and other various charges. The total estimated sticker price is $17,684.
If, as a beginning student, you are eligible for financial aid, this can bring the price down quite a bit. During a recent school year, the average net price (the cost to the student after financial aid is applied) was $6,828. The college also tracks the net price by income since most financial aid is awarded by a family’s annual income. Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 paid around $6,511. Those earning between $75,001 and $110,000 paid around $11,843.
About 93% of freshman students in a recent year were eligible for financial aid. This same percentage received an average of $6,976 in grants or scholarships and 35% received $1,067 on average in institutional grants and scholarships.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$6,976|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||93%|
|Room & Board||$7,566|
- Tuition In-State - $6,200
- Tuition Out-of-State - $6,200
- Books and Supplies - $760
- Room & Board - $7,566
- Other - $3,158
Living, working, and going to school in a relatively rural area, you find that a job might be needed to help you to pay for gas, food, and rent, along with other bills. Because students can’t live on-campus, you’ll also need to find a place to rent that is close to the campus. If you have time conflicts with any job or between classes, you’ll be happy to know that the college offers both evening classes and distance (online) learning.
If you return to the school after your freshman year, you’ll become a part of the retention rate. This is how schools track how many students return for their sophomore year and is considered an excellent way to determine whether or not the school offers everything students need to thrive. At CMN, the retention rate is 100%. The overall graduation rate is 27%.
As with many freshman college students, you may still be considering your major. The most popular degree programs offered at CMN are education; business, management, marketing and related support services; and public administration and social service professions.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Education Majors||4 Total Graduates / 67%|
|Elementary Education and Teaching||4 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||1 Total Graduates / 16.5%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||1 Graduates|
|Public Administration and Social Service Professions||1 Total Graduates / 16.5%|
|Public Administration||1 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||0|
Outcome & Salary
High school graduates generally don’t earn as much as college graduates. Let’s compare. A high school graduate’s national average salary is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.
Now, let’s look at CMN graduate’s average salaries, which are $61,500. This makes their 10-year salary earning potential $615,000. If you then subtract the 4-year cost of education from this amount ($27,312 on average), this brings their 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) to $587,688.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||NA|
|College Grads Average Salary||$61,500|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||NA|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$615,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||NA|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$27,312|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$587,688|
|20 Year Projected ROI||NA|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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