With two dormitories available, you’ll be close to your fellow students if you decide to live on campus. Northern Michigan University is spacious, with plenty of green spaces and parking, which is usually at a premium on college campuses. You can also enjoy the NMU Trailhead, where you can go for a relaxing walk to clear your mind, and there are also a few places to get a hot meal or cup of coffee if you don’t want to go to the dining hall.
Overview of Northern Michigan University
Marquette is the town closest to the university, but you’ll still need to drive to get there. The town is right next to the water, so you may even be able to go swimming before fall and winter hit.
NMU has a student population of 7,732, making it a smaller college in size. The school awards degrees ranging from associate to doctoral (professional practice) and certificates ranging from less than one year up to post-master’s. Keep in mind that the student-to-faculty ratio is high at 20 to 1, so if you have trouble with your classes, it may take some extra doing to get in touch with your professors right away.
|Campus Setting||Town: Remote|
|Student Faculty Ratio||20:1|
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|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|Recommendations||Considered But Not Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Common Application Accepted||NA|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
When you enroll in college, you and your family commit to paying for your education. The total cost includes in- or out-of-state tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other various fees and charges. This amount is $24,805 as of a recent academic year.
Financial aid can pay for a huge chunk of this cost. What’s left after financial aid is applied is called the ‘average net price’ In a recent school year, this was $15,201. But your final cost will depend on what financial aid you are eligible for, which often depends on your family’s annual income. In a recent year, families that earned under $30,000 paid around $9,137. Those earning between $75,001 and $110,000 paid around $20,208.
Many freshman students were eligible for financial aid in the most recent year; a full 93% of all attending the school. A slightly smaller percentage (84%) received grants or scholarships averaging $8,499 and 73% received institutional grants or scholarships in the average amount of $4,873.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$8,499|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||93%|
|Room & Board||$10,774|
- Tuition In-State - $11,255
- Tuition Out-of-State - $16,751
- Books and Supplies - $760
- Room & Board - $10,774
- Other - $2,016
When you go to college, you move into a whole, new environment. It’s confusing and, sometimes, a little scary. It’s natural to want to leave and either go home or try a different school—but that’s not always the best way to deal with it and, most students at Northern Michigan University tough it out and even return their second year. If you decide to return for your second year, you’ll be included in the retention rate, which is already a solid 75%.
The 4-year graduation rate is a bit low at 29% and the 6-year graduation rate is 53%. These may seem particularly low, but they aren’t terrible for public schools, especially when you take into account that an average of 26% of students enroll at another institution when they leave this one. It’s possible that these students decided to move closer to home or found another school with a degree that was closer to what they were looking for, but there is nothing to indicate that they didn’t receive the educational foundation they needed to succeed.
One frustrating situation may develop if you find a time conflict between classes (rare) or between a class and a job or another responsibility. If this happens with one of the classes you require for graduation or one that won’t be offered again until after you leave, you can request a change in your schedule. Discuss with your advisor whether or not you can add the class as an evening or online course to clear your schedule up again.
The most popular degree programs at NMU are health professions and related programs; business, management, marketing and related support services; biological and biomedical sciences; visual and performing arts; and parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Health Professions and Related Programs||193 Total Graduates / 16%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||107 Graduates|
|Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist||25 Graduates|
|Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other||19 Graduates|
|Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist||16 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||192 Total Graduates / 16%|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||41 Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management, General||38 Graduates|
|Construction Management||24 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||125 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||94 Graduates|
|Zoology/Animal Biology||5 Graduates|
|Visual and Performing Arts||88 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Art/Art Studies, General||74 Graduates|
|Cinematography and Film/Video Production||9 Graduates|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General||3 Graduates|
|Music, General||2 Graduates|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies||79 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies||32 Graduates|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science||31 Graduates|
|Sport and Fitness Administration/Management||16 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||42%|
Outcome & Salary
You can check out how other graduates have done after leaving Northern Michigan University in order to get an idea of the possibilities. Graduate’s early-career salaries are around $46,100, while their mid-career salaries increase to $77,800.
The average 4-year cost of education is $60,804, which is going to be important in a minute. With those salaries as our base, we can see that graduates have a 10-year salary earning potential of $606,450 and a 20-year earning potential of $1,384,450. If you deduct your cost of education from both of these numbers, you can see your projected return on investment (ROI). Graduate’s 10-year projected ROI is $545,646 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,323,646.
Comparatively, a high school graduate’s national average salary is $37,960. Their 10-year projected income is $379,600 and their 20-year projected income is $759,200.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$46,100|
|College Grads Average Salary||$60,645|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$77,800|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$606,450|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,384,450|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$60,804|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$545,646|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,323,646|
|No Colleage Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$37,960|
|10 Year Projected Income||$379,600|
|20 Year Projected Income||$759,200|
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