The Value of NMU

Spare the expense. Keep the experience

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Achieving your dream to go away to college may seem like a difficult task in a struggling economy. Northern Michigan University is committed to providing a top-quality academic experience while still making a college degree affordable.  NMU has the second-lowest tuition among public universities in Michigan and we offer renewable $3,000-per-year scholarships to all out of state students who qualify.*  And we work very hard to find the best financial aid support for all students. Over 80% of NMU students receive some kind of financial aid (scholarships, grants, work study or loans) and the average financial aid package is $10,770 per year.

*3.0 High school GPA, 19+ on ACT or 3.0 GPA in 12 or more college-level credits taken after high school and maintain a minimum GPA at NMU

What do we mean by top quality?

Michigan residents can compare the cost of attending NMU here.

From Wisconsin, Illinois or Minnesota?  See how NMU stacks up here.

Can a student graduate from NMU in four years?  Yes. 


Academic Programs

Students and ProfessorWith over 180 majors, NMU has something to offer almost everyone. Our most popular majors are art and design, nursing, criminal justice, elementary education and biology. But we also have programs as diverse as environmental conservation, human-centered design or diagnostic genetics.  Each department, each major has a lot of ways to explore and try out your chosen profession. For example, the Freshman Fellows program allows first-year students to research alongside professors—an experience reserved for graduate students at many other universities. Or the New Business Venture competition, which has $10,000 in prizes for students who want to launch real businesses.

At the heart of it all, NMU focuses on a liberal studies core—preparing you to be a lifelong learner and an effective citizen in a challenging and rapidly-changing world.

Learn more about NMU academics at the Admissions website


Comprehensive Technology Program

Music StudentDon't stress about picking (and paying for) a computer for college. At Northern, all full-time students are issued a ThinkPad™ (or MacBookPro™ for art majors) notebook computer loaded with software. And you can take the computer home over the summer.

Everywhere you go on the NMU campus and around town you see students with their laptops, emailing professors, working on projects, researching sources around the world, keeping in touch with Mom and Dad and harnessing 21st century technology to power their education.

In addition to the computer, you get the peace of mind knowing that Internet access, technical assistance and repairs are available right on campus.  The downside?  You won't be able to blame your computer for eating your homework.



Nursing StudentEvery college or university you're looking at has a highly selective leadership program Northern has one of those, too—the Student Leader Fellowship Program.  It's nationally recognized as developing leaders and providing personal and career-related growth.

But what about leadership for the rest of the student body? NMU is the only school in the country to offer one mind-expanding program that packs leadership development, citizenship, diversity awareness and real-world experiences into one package.

The Superior Edge is about doing the right thing and getting credit for it. As a busy NMU student, you'll probably already be doing a lot of out-of-the classroom activities that count toward one or more of the Edges.  The program just gives you a place to keep track of all the things you're doing and an opportunity to reflect on how you're learning, growing and changing.  And when you're done, you have the Edges noted on your student enrichment transcript that gets sent out along with your academic transcript.

When you're applying for a job or to grad school, you'll have these awesome activities to talk about and you'll be recognized as more than just another recent grad.  You'll be seen as someone with experience, initiative, ethics, integrity, multicultural awareness and motivation to make a difference.  Your edge-packed resume will set you apart.


Community Engagement

Sled Dog RacesNMU students actively engage with the Marquette Community in a number of ways. Students find these opportunities through Active Service Learning classes, which use classroom assignments to make a difference in the community. Or they're able to find opportunities on the Volunteer Center website, which weekly identifies needs in the community.

In 2014-2015, NMU students completed more than 12,000 hours of volunteer work. Students are recognized throughout the year as Volunteer of the Month for their outstanding work in the community and some students are taking their passion for volunteerism abroad. Northern offers numerous volunteer abroad opportunities. Learn more

Applying what you learn in class is part of what being an NMU student is all about. And you'll have a blast doing it, too.


Spectacular Natural Environment

MarquetteWho wouldn't want to go to school in a place people from around the world choose to vacation? The civilized wilderness of Marquette isn't only home to Northern, but also hosts a huge variety of cultural and recreation events, year 'round.  

Between mountain and road biking, skiing and snowboarding, golf, hiking, fishing, snowmobile or ORV riding and just relaxing on the beach, there are tons of outdoor things to do.

Indoors, you can explore Marquette's wide variety of restaurants, shops, music and theater venues, and art galleries.

A lot of other people think Marquette and the Upper Peninsula is pretty amazing, too: