Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Northern Michigan University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Northern Michigan University offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much 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?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Northern Michigan University was awarded 68 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is cytogenetics/genetics/clinical genetics technology/technologist.

Overall Quality

Northern Michigan University is ranked #1,699 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Northern Michigan University also holds the #38 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan ranking.

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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

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Northern Michigan University is 71%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  71 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northern Michigan University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 75% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Northern Michigan University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 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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Northern Michigan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,136 undergraduates at Northern Michigan University with 6,191 being full-time and 945 being part-time.

How Much Does Northern Michigan University Cost?

The overall average net price of Northern Michigan University is $15,453. 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 +
$9,137 $11,723 $15,753 $20,208 $21,026

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Northern Michigan University, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $7,119 a year. That adds up to $28,476 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Northern Michigan University is 9.3%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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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 11% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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

Located in Marquette, Michigan, Northern Michigan University is a public institution. Marquette is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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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 89 majors graduated from Northern Michigan University. Of these students, 1,426 received undergraduate degrees and 129 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
General Biology 112 $27,600
Nursing 99 $53,600
Fine & Studio Arts 76 $22,000
Criminal Justice & Corrections 74 $33,800
Natural Resources Conservation 60 $20,800
Business Administration & Management 49 $33,000
General Psychology 46 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 38 $33,800
Construction Management 32 NA
Accounting 31 $39,800

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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 1,949 students took at least one online class at Northern Michigan University. This is a decrease from the 2,103 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,949 543
2017-2018 2,103 462
2016-2017 2,093 382
2015-2016 1,504 377
2013-2014 1,713 435

Learn more about online learning at Northern Michigan University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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