Welcome to Northern Michigan University

Les WongCongratulations on choosing a dynamic institution of higher education. At NMU, I hope your experience will be one full of personal growth and discovery, academic and professional development, and the kind of fun times that make for lifelong memories. 

I offer two pieces of advice as you begin your Northern experience. First, get involved. Doing so will help you meet people, learn more about yourself and the world around you, and build your resume.  Second, don’t be timid; ask questions. The Northern faculty and staff want to help. Students are our top priority.

Best wishes for a life-changing educational experience.


Leslie E. Wong
President

About Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University was founded in 1899 as a regional teacher’s college. Today it enrolls about 9,700 undergraduate and graduate students who are taught by more than 300 faculty members on a main campus of 358 acres. Constants throughout Northern’s history are its reputation for excellent and innovative educational opportunities, its caring faculty and staff, and its natural setting.

Located in Marquette, Michigan, a city of 20,000, Northern offers the best features of rural and urban living in a safe and clean environment. Academically, Northern offers more than 180 programs in 28 different academic departments with credentialing that ranges from certificates and associate degrees to master’s degrees and other specialized advanced degrees. More than 75 percent of Northern faculty members have doctorates or the highest degree in their field.

Northern Michigan University Mission Statement

Northern Michigan University, by providing quality academic programs, strong student support, and extensive regional service for its stakeholders in the upper Midwest, challenges its students, faculty, staff, and alumni to strive for excellence, both inside and outside the classroom, and to become outstanding citizens and leaders.

To accomplish this mission, Northern provides a supportive living and learning environment that includes high-caliber undergraduate and graduate programs, personal attention, extensive use of modern technology, and continuous improvement of curriculum and services through systematic assessment. Challenging themselves and their students, Northern faculty and staff are dedicated to effective teaching and intellectual inquiry; to including students as learning partners in their research, scholarship, and other professional activities; and to advancing the university’s roles as a service provider and as a cultural and recreational center in the Upper Peninsula. Northern Michigan University students will study ethics, humanitarian values, and cultural awareness in a strong general education program as well as master specific knowledge in a major career field. As graduates who are lifelong learners, they will possess the skills and attitudes to succeed in a fast-paced, constantly evolving, multi-cultural world. As alumni, they will be challenged to continue an NMU tradition, that of distinguishing themselves in their careers and communities.