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Northern Michigan University Students are

  • Welcoming
  • Inclusive
  • Involved
  • Impactful
  • Adventurous
  • Determined
  • Market Driven
  • Authentic
  • Community Minded
  • Passionate
  • Forward Thinkers

About Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University is a 4-year public university located in Marquette, MI on the south shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

At NMU, students feel welcomed, not intimidated. Supported, not pressured. And instantly at home, in a right-size environment surrounded by natural beauty and limitless fun.

Northern students are deeply involved in real world scientific and creative research, professional conferences and educational community service from the start. Here you could help find a cure for cancer in our brain tumor research lab, design and market products at Invent@NMU, edit a highly respected literary journal or make an Emmy award-winning documentary.

How will you beNorthern?

Here are the numbers.

  • 7,600 total student population
  • 180 academic programs ranging from 1-year certificates to Doctoral programs.
  • 20:1 student to teacher ratio
  • 28 average lecture class size
  • 15 average lab class size
  • 15 average seminar class size
  • Top 15 Best Public University in the Midwest (US News & World Report)
  • Top 20 Best Affordable Pre-Med Degree Program
  • Top 50 Best School in U.S. for Education Majors
  • Top 10 Construction Management Program
  • Top 10 Programs for the Top 10 fastest-growing jobs in the country
  • 96% of recent NMU graduates are employed or continuing their education
  • 91% of grads say if they could do NMU all over again, they would!
Total Student Population Approximately 7,368

Diversity at Northern Michigan University

  • 12% Students of color
  • 1% International students at undergraduate level

Top Majors at Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University is Part of Verto's Direct Transfer Program

Through Verto’s Direct Transfer Program, you can gain admission to Northern Michigan University based on your academic performance with the courses delivered by the Academic Provider during your Verto study abroad experience. While admission will depend on Northern Michigan University’s availability and is ultimately up to their discretion, this route tends to give Verto participants who meet the college’s academic criteria a higher chance of admission and a fast-tracked application.

Learn About Verto’s Direct Transfer Program

Students choose NMU for adventure, for a different type of college experience. Verto attracts students who want to start college differently. It seems like a perfect path to understanding the world differently and connecting on deeper levels with people, places and learning. We are excited to welcome these adventurers and see how they will choose to beNorthern.

Gerri Daniels, Executive Director of Admissions

Programs & Organizations

Including E-Sports and Division I Men’s Ice Hockey