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Northern Michigan University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Northern Michigan University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Northern Michigan University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Northern Michigan University was awarded 12 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

Northern Michigan University is ranked #1,055 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Northern Michigan University held the #1,207 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Northern Michigan University also holds the #29 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan ranking.

See all of the rankings for Northern Michigan University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Northern Michigan University?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Northern Michigan University is 74%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Northern Michigan University is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 67% of students accepted to Northern Michigan University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 590. Math scores were between 460 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northern Michigan University  ( 480 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Northern Michigan University  ( 460 to 560 )
Northern Michigan University received ACT scores from 40% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Northern Michigan University  ( 20 to 26 )

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Northern Michigan University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Northern Michigan University is 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Northern Michigan University is 70%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  70 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northern Michigan University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Northern Michigan University has a freshmen retention rate of 78%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Northern Michigan University is 22%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  22 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at Northern Michigan University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,018 undergraduates at Northern Michigan University with 6,207 being full-time and 811 being part-time.

Northern Michigan University Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

Northern Michigan University scored 43.62 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  43.62 out of 100
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How Much Does Northern Michigan University Cost?

The overall average net price of Northern Michigan University is $13,883. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Northern Michigan University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,305 $10,170 $13,901 $17,463 $18,842

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Northern Michigan University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Northern Michigan University, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $7,243 a year. That adds up to $28,972 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Northern Michigan University is 8.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Northern Michigan University Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $35,500 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 13% less that the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Northern Michigan University make the most money.

Location of Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University is a public institution situated in Marquette, Michigan. The surrounding location of Marquette is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Location of Northern Michigan University

Contact details for Northern Michigan University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855-5301
Phone: 906-227-2650

Northern Michigan University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 85 majors graduated from Northern Michigan University. Of these students, 1,483 received undergraduate degrees and 138 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 80 $22,000
Nursing 75 $53,600
Criminal Justice & Corrections 69 $33,800
General Biology 62 $27,600
Natural Resources Conservation 58 $20,800
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 49 $42,300
Business Administration & Management 46 $33,000
Accounting 38 $39,800
Health & Physical Education 37 $24,800
General Psychology 34 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Northern Michigan University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Northern Michigan University

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 2,103 students took at least one online class at Northern Michigan University. This is an increase from the 2,093 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,103 462
2016-2017 2,093 382
2015-2016 1,504 377
2014-2015 1,742 385
2013-2014 1,713 435

Learn more about online learning at Northern Michigan University.


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