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Mission Statement

Undergraduate Bulletin


Mission Statement

The mission of Northern Michigan University is to form an academic community where the best teaching and learning are available to those in its programs. The university will be predominantly an undergraduate institution, emphasizing a core of liberal arts programs and professional degrees that build on that core. Other undergraduate offerings will address a range of interests from technical training and community programs to international study. The university shall offer selected masterís degree programs and continue its special role in teacher education, continuing education and public service. For the region it shall serve as the major educational, economic, cultural and recreational resource. The university shall remain committed to fostering racial, ethnic and cultural diversity throughout the campus community and beyond.

As a state-assisted institution accountable to an appointed Board of Trustees, the university shall manage its affairs within a system of shared governance. Taking advantage of its location in a small city on the south shore of Lake Superior surrounded by forested hills, it shall provide a quality of life consistent with intellectual advancement. It shall seek academic excellence through research and regular assessment and improvement of its academic programs. While maintaining accessibility and affordability, the university shall also seek, when appropriate, the highest standards of accreditation for its liberal arts and professional programs. Contributing further to the quality of Northern Michigan University shall be its library, its use of current teaching and learning technologies, its small classes and its residential nature, and its programs which enrich the lives of students and develop their leadership. Ultimately, the quality of the university shall rest on the character of its faculty and students, on their efforts in research and creative activities, and on the human and intellectual values that strengthen teaching and learning.

Prospective students may request from the Admissions Office information concerning student graduation and retention rates, athletic participation by gender and athletic financial data. The campus security and crime statistics are available on our web page at or upon request from the Admissions Office.

All programs, activities, services and employment consideration will be provided equally without regard to age, citizenship, color, handicap, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sex.

Northern Michigan University
Undergraduate Bulletin


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Northern Michigan University is an AA/EO Institution.

Northern is Michigan's only participant in IBM's ThinkPad University Program. ThinkPad is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation.

Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2002