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Founded more than a century ago as a regional teacher's college, Northern Michigan University has grown into a major comprehensive university. When it opened its doors in 1899, Northern enrolled thirty-two students who were taught by six faculty on a twenty-two-acre campus. Today, it enrolls more than 8,800 students who are taught by over 300 faculty on a main campus of 336 acres. What has not changed is Northern's 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. The physical campus currently includes 56 buildings that encompass 3.2 million square feet and are connected by 13 miles of sidewalk and 3 miles of roadway. Within this impressive setting, Northern Michigan University offers over 180 programs in 28 different academic departments with credentialing that ranges from certificates and associate degrees to master's degrees. Its faculty, over 80% percent of whom hold the doctorate or highest degree in their field, are committed to teaching as well as to research and professional development. It is 1 of only 3 baccalaureate colleges or universities in Michigan to serve a community college function.

Continuing Northern's tradition of educational innovation, the Teaching, Learning, and Communication Initiative was implemented in Fall 2000 placing an IBM Thinkpad in the hands of every full-time undergraduate student. The first school in Michigan to institute such a program, this commitment to technological mastery helps Northern's students compete in the high-tech global marketplace after they graduate. Students, however, need to master more than textbooks and technological skills to succeed, and they receive training in social and group skills and professional interaction through more than 200 student organizations. Several of these are nationally recognized, and Northern's Student Leader Fellowship program was cited in The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development.

With a focus on quality academics and personal attention in a high-tech learning environment, NMU continues to be dedicated to student access and success, belief in a learning community, the building of partnerships, and shared governance and responsibility. In its second hundred years, Northern's mission is to be the university of choice in the Midwest for all students seeking an outstanding collegiate experience.

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Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2002