Northern Michigan University, located in Michigan’s unique Upper Peninsula, is a dynamic four-year, public, comprehensive university which offers 180 degree programs to nearly 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students.
Known for providing outstanding personal attention, more than 80 percent of NMU’s 300-plus faculty members have doctorates or the highest degree in their fields, and a hallmark of the NMU experience is that full-time faculty members teach at all levels – freshmen through graduate courses. Northern is also one of three universities in the state of Michigan to serve a community college role for its region.
The 350-acre NMU campus is known for its safe, clean, friendly, and natural environment. It features 52 facilities, including the newly constructed Seaborg Science Complex, a state-of-the-art venue with more than two dozen laboratories, and the newly renovated Thomas Fine Arts and Art and Design buildings. Northern’s campus also houses a university theater, an award-winning library, a university center, two art galleries, and a three-structure sports and recreation complex of which one is the Superior Dome, the world’s largest wooden dome.
The University’s new Art and Design facility has over 110,000 square feet of studios, lecture hall, critique and screening rooms. New studios include Electronic Imaging, Photography. Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, Green Screen Lighting Studio, Matte Cutting room and Lighting Portfolio studio. Comprehensive, professional facilities in ceramics woodworking sculpture and metalsmithing. Over $1,000,000 in new state-of-the-art equipment was installed in the new facility, including four Apple Computer labs with professional scanners and multiple printers, photography strobe lighting studio and new enlargers, new digital cameras both still and video, new printmaking equipment, new painting and drawing easels, and support equipment.
With a population of 19,661, Marquette is the largest metropolitan area in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Consequently, NMU also serves as the cultural and artistic hub of this rural and isolated region and offers educational and cultural outreach programs to people throughout northern Michigan and northeastern Wisconsin. For example, the University’s Performing Arts Series brings world class performances to this area at prices that are affordable for area families. The Series presents a wide variety of music, dance, and performance that would not otherwise be available in the region.
NMU is one of the larges notebook computer campuses in the United States with all full-time students receiving either an IBM ThinkPad or Apple iBook as part of tuition. The university has national and international awards for its innovative work in the area of technology in higher education.
Among NMU’s highly recognized programs are it Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP); First Year Experience (FYE) program; Honors Program; Freshman Fellows, a program that pairs incoming freshmen with faculty members for collaborative research; and its outstanding study abroad program. Northern supports more than 200 student organizations annually, including an active volunteer center that does extensive outreach with the Upper Peninsula community. The university is also the site of the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC), one of only four Olympic training centers in the nation and the only one designated as an education center.