10 Cool Things about Northern Michigan University

Two students conversing in front of Jamrich HallNorthern Michigan University, founded in 1899, is a regional comprehensive university of approximately 9,000 students, offering 180 degree programs. Popular majors among students include, art and design, nursing, education, criminal justice and biology. NMU is the second most affordable of Michigan's 15 public universities, with degrees ranging from the doctor of nursing practice to master’s, bachelor’s, associate, certificate and diploma. In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, NMU is the largest institution of higher education, one of the U.P.'s top five employers (with approximately 1,000 employees) and a major economic contributor to the region. Here are 10 cool things about Northern Michigan University: 

1. Academics and Adventure

Marquette, Mich., home to Northern Michigan University, was named the Best Small Town for Adventure by USA Today in 2018.

2. Record Breaking Students

Al Roker and the Today Show crew came to Marquette to break a world record! On March 28, 2017, Roker and NMU students set the new Guinness World Record for the largest game of freeze tag ever played.  

3. Amazing Marquette

Money Magazine featured Marquette as a top city to visit in October because of the beautiful fall colors and the amazing downtown scene.

4. Innovation at NMU

Invent@NMU was lauded by the Governor of Michigan, featured among the state’s top innovative programs and recognized for its approach in entrepreneurship and manufacturing by the United States White House.

5. Novel Programs

The Center for Native American Studies at NMU introduced the first and only bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies in the State of Michigan, and a pioneering cookbook focusing on food indigenous to the Great Lakes region.

6. Game-Changing Alumni

Including Howard Schultz, CEO and chairman of Starbucks; Tom Izzo, head coach for the Michigan State University men's basketball team; John Lautner, visionary architect; Leah Hocking, Broadway actress; and Teri List, Chief Financial Officer of Gap, Inc. 

7. Marquette to the Olympics

Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Center athletes have won 15 medals in the last five Olympic Games. Eight NMU student-athletes participated in the 2016 summer games in Brazil, competing in boxing, wrestling and weightlifting. Sarah Robles took home a bronze medal and Helen Maroulis won gold (the first American female athlete to ever win gold in wrestling).

8. Academic Home for Veterans

NMU achieved gold-level status from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for supporting the academic and transitional needs of student veterans. NMU was also named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media as one of the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are “doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.”

9. Caring ‘Cats

Through NMU student organizations, academic service learning classes, leadership programs and volunteer center, students volunteered in the local community for 874,000 hours in 2017 (according to the Center for Student Enrichment).

10. Newsworthy Standing

The U.S. News and World Report 2018 college rankings show that, among regional universities in the Midwest, Northern Michigan University is tied for 19th in Top Public Schools, 83rd overall and 52nd in Best Colleges for Veterans.