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Northern Michigan University

Michigan, United States
Campus setting Contact the university / college
Living cost USD 1,500 per month
Student population Medium (1,001 to 10,000)
International students Contact the university / college
Institution type Public

About Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University, located in Marquette, Michigan, is a dynamic four-year, public, comprehensive university that has grown its reputation based on its award-winning leadership programs, cutting-edge technology initiatives and nationally recognized academic programs.

The university has two semesters per year, a fall and winter semester, and two summer sessions. NMU  is one of three Michigan public universities to also serve a community college role for its region, which means the breadth of NMU’s academic programs range from one-year diplomas through a doctorate. NMU began offering its first doctoral program – the Doctor of Nursing Practice –  in fall 2014. NMU’s most popular bachelor’s degrees are art and design, nursing, criminal justice, elementary education and biology.  The university’s fastest growing academic areas are clinical science, biology, and the geographical and environmental sciences.

Some of the NMU degree programs to receive national or international recognition in the recent years have been art and design, business, computer science, education, English and nursing. Some unique aspects of Northern’s academic menu include being the only university to offer five national Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science accredited programs in the United States and one of three universities nationwide with both diagnostic molecular science and cytogenetics programs.  NMU is one of only two Michigan universities to have an entrepreneurship major.  It also has one of the few programs in the country for both ski management and wildland firefighting.  Programs that boast 90 percent placement rate or higher are business, clinical sciences, engineering technology, music education, line and power technician, and theater, as well as our pre-medical and pre-dental students for professional school admittance.  In fact, Northern has programs in 42 of the 50 fastest growing occupations as identified in the “Training for Michigan’s Hot Jobs” report.

NMU’s 360-acre campus features 52 facilities, including the Seaborg Science Complex, a state-of-the-art venue with more than two dozen laboratories, and recently renovated Thomas Fine Arts and Art and Design buildings.  NMU'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 diversity of the U.P.’s geographical terrain serves the NMU community as an extensive outdoor classroom. The university also owns an 18-hole golf course and a large woodland area.

Campus information

Northern Michigan University’s physical campus is made up of more than 50 facilities. It is located just minutes from the shore of Lake Superior and downtown Marquette, Mich. View the campus map here.

The campus has been named one of the “most unwired” (wireless) campuses in the United States.  It is also completely wired and covered by a WiMax (4G) network.

The campus’s main quad, or academic mall as it is called at NMU, consists of the Learning Resources Center and Olson Library, Jamrich Hall, the Seaborg Science Complex and the Hedgcock Student Service Center.  The arts plaza is right down the sidewalk from Jamrich and includes Forest Roberts Theatre, Thomas Fine Arts and McClintock buildings. The other main academic facilities are Whitman Hall and the Jacobetti Complex.

The majority of  classes are held in Jamrich, New Science, West Science, Thomas Fine Arts, Forest Roberts Theatre and McClintock.

There are 10 residential areas on the campus. The campus also features several high-end specialty computer labs, a speech and hearing clinic, two art galleries, two on-campus radio stations, a public TV station, a university center with a bookstore, and one of the premier sports complexes of the Midwest, which includes the Superior Dome – the largest wooden dome in the world.

One aspect of the NMU campus that students say they enjoy is that everything is within easy walking distance.

Northern is located in the city of Marquette (pop. 20,000) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The region offers: 11 hiking trails; 96 miles of cross country ski trails; 500 miles of snowmobile trails; 11 accessible waterfalls; and 10 miles of city bike paths.

The city of Marquette combines a dramatic natural wonderland of shoreline, forest and hills with a vibrant cultural community, progressive education, business and healthcare. Residents are known for their can-do attitude and warm friendliness, despite the area receiving over 180 inches of snow each year


With nine distinct residence hall communities, you can find just the right kind of environment to fit your personality. Eight of our residence halls are home to about 275 students each during the school year. Spooner Hall is home to 100 upperclassmen and graduate students, and Meyland Hall houses athletes training with our Olympic Education Center and 175 other students who prefer a quieter community.

Each of the halls contains six smaller communities of about 40 students each, called "houses." Houses share a common hall identity, but each has its own personality, rules, traditions, programs, and activities. Some house names include: Hogworts, Looney Bin, Whoville, and Reel House.

My room NMU's residence halls, with the exception of Spooner Hall, are made up of suites. Four students share a suite of two bedrooms and a bathroom. All halls are coed, but with a variety of arrangements per house (males and females do not share suites). Our residence halls are: Gant Hall, Halverson Hall, Hunt Hall, Magers Hall, Payne Hall, Spalding Hall, Spooner Hall, Van Antwerp Hall and West Hall. Upperclassmen can choose to live off-campus, in campus apartments or in the residence halls. On your housing application, you can request a specific hall, type of house or even your roommate.

Successful communities have their "rules to live by" and we want prospective students to know up front what we expect of them as citizens of our special community.  Please check out the NMU Student Handbook, being sure to read the section called Conditions of Enrollment which explains the things you need to be a student at NMU like keeping your address current, using your mobile device for university business, paying your bills and living on campus.

Wondering about the food? There are plenty of places around campus where you can use your meal plan. Your "constant pass" meal plan allows you to eat as much as you want as often as you would like in our Marketplace or Wildcat Den. Plus, you'll have plenty of Dining dollars to spend throughout campus. 

Room and board also includes free cable television, free laundry and free Internet access.

Additional info

Why should international students enroll at NMU? Because a small number of international students attend NMU, it is easy for you to make American friends, speak English, and learn about American culture in a safe, internationally friendly environment.

Compared to other state universities, the cost of attending NMU as an international student is quite low. In fact, NMU has the most affordable international student tuition in Michigan, and scholarships are available. Please contact the university directly for more information on this.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 2 English Language 2 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Law 1 Mass Communication & Media 1


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