Academics at NMU

students in classroomIntellectual Challenge

Curiosity is the raw ingredient of knowledge. It causes us to ask questions, to seek answers, to learn. At Northern Michigan University, natural curiosity and intellectual challenge meet in stimulating classes grounded in the liberal arts. So wherever your curiosity leads you, you can count on the support you need to take the next step, ask the next question, propose the next hypothesis.

This means your opportunities are almost endless. You can paint sunrises and major in chemistry. You can philosophize about existence while fixing engines. You can study light refraction and read about inventors in your spare time. You can be anything -- and do anything -- you want.

Practical Skills

You know that curiosity won't kill you, but there may be times when you feel like it will. Like after a long night of staring at a blank screen. Or during an awful test you know you won't ace. We understand that being a student is challenging sometimes, which is why we offer academic services to help you survive and succeed. Maybe you want to raise a grade or keep a solid "A." Maybe you need a tutor for those impossible math problems. Maybe you're just looking for someone who will listen. You can find it all at NMU. We provide free counseling and information services, as well as a writing center, tutoring labs, and an all-campus tutoring program where you can get assistance in subjects like English, math, chemistry, computing, biology, political science, languages, and more.

Quality and Value

NMU takes computer accessibility to mobile proportions! NMU is the first public university in Michigan dedicated to enhancing your learning experience through its Teaching, Learning and Communication Initiative (TLC). Because we equip you with a mobile device as part of your tuition and fees, you will have faster, more complete access to your instructors, your fellow students, even your notes. NMU's mobile device program will keep you on the cutting edge of communication and independent learning.

Meaningful interaction with faculty is a significant part of the quality education you get at NMU. We keep our student-faculty ratio at 21:1, our average class size at 22, our average lab size at 16, and our average seminar size at 8. You receive personal attention and encouragement during all stages of your academic development.