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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.

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Journalism & Media (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)



When it first opened its doors in 1899 as Northern State Normal School, 32 students were greeted by a faculty of six on a 22-acre campus.

As enrollment swelled in the '50s and '60s, this small teacher's college became a diversified institution with dramatic growth in faculty and facilities.


NMU is rated as an exemplary teacher preparation institution by the Michigan Department of Education and has one of the highest pass rates on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification.


The Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment (IRPA) office works to help support the mission and strategic plans of the University. IRPA is designed to help build a systematic, clear and documented process to help measure institution wide performance.


  • Our graduates are highly regarded by employers and have a high placement rate, even in regions with limited job opportunities.
  • The Academic and Career Advisement Center (ACAC) is responsible for new student orientation sessions, first year student advising, academic proficiency, all-campus tutoring and the freshman probation program. Advisers in ACAC can help any NMU student with choosing the best academic path for success and navigating options to be successful after graduation.

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Student services

  • Office of International Programs

Housing services

There are several hotels in the Marquette area:

  • Cedar Motor Inn -- One night stay for $69.00 / $10 extra for a designated "dog room" upon request. ($10 for each additional guest beyond the first 2).
  • Comfort Suites -- One night stay for $109.99 plus tax. Plus 10 percent discount at Hudson's Restaurant. 
  • Country Inn & Suites -- One night stay for $129.00 plus tax with free deluxe hot breakfast. 
  • Days Inn -- One night stay for $79.99 plus tax. Plus 10 percent discount at Hudson's Restaurant. 

Library services

Lydia M. Olson Library ( The library contains books and journals and provides access to numerous databases. Librarians offer personal guidance in the use of the online catalog, indexes, abstracts, reference sources, online databases and Internet sources. Students are encouraged to seek assistance in accessing and evaluating the many resources available.

ICT services

  • For full access to the Internet and NMU network services over the NMU on-campus wired and wireless areas, you must register each network interface (wired and wireless are separate entries) on your computer. Before you register, you will only be able to access limited on-campus Web sites, and you will not have E-mail access.

Medical services

The NMU Health Center is dedicated to providing care to NMU students, faculty and staff as well as their spouses and eligible dependents. Please call to schedule your appointment and know that we are reserving some same day appointments and will maintain a wait list during the busy academic year to get people in as soon as possible. Please make sure to have your insurance card and date of birth of the cardholder. 

Student Life

Campus life

  • 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.
  • 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. 

Sports facilities

  • Convenient open recreation hours in the PEIF Building, Superior Dome
  • 5,700 sq. ft. fitness center with separate free weight equipment
  • Lap pool, diving tank and men's and women's saunas
  • Basketball and volleyball courts in the PEIF Building and Superior Dome
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Indoor tennis courts in the Superior Dome
  • Racquetball and wallyball courts
  • Golf Simulator (additional fees apply)
  • Indoor walking and jogging in the Superior Dome
  • Locker rental and towel service
  • Group fitness classes and group cycling classes
  • Personal training (additional fees apply)
  • Outdoor equipment rental center discounts
  • Eligibility to participate in Intramural Sports

Student clubs

  • Native American Student Association
  • Student Association of Michigan
  • Student Association for Sports Science


  • Northern Michigan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Very welcoming university and cares about its students. The campus is located in the best area because you have the beach and the wood/forest within walking distance of campus. You will never get bored going to college here.

GREAT school, great location, but language department could use some improvement
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My overall experience at this university was outstandingly positive. The teachers were invested in me as a student and attentive to my needs, and the events outside of the classroom helped shape me into the human that I am proud to be today. My only complaint, and the reasoning for giving it 4 stars instead of 5, is that their language department was lacking. Had I known...

Marquette, Michigan, United States

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