Deciding on and applying for college can be a confusing time, especially for parents. The questions and answers provided on this page are intended to help parents navigate through the college experience.

Northern Michigan University is located in Marquette, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. It is the largest city in the UP, with a residential population of around 20,000.

The student population at NMU is currently at 7,900.

Visit the Contact a Counselor page on the Admissions Web site and choose your state.

Northern Michigan University's annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by Northern Michigan University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible for the campus.

The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting Public Safety and Police Services or by accessing the following web site:

We offer over 177 different academic programs including business, education, art and design, pre-med, criminal justice and nursing just to name a few. Plus new unique programs in Medicinal Plant Chemistry and Forensics Anthropology.

In order to be admitted into Northern students must possess a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.25/4.0. Our admissions process is test blind. For students not meeting this requirement, other options may be available.

Recognizing that for many students NMU is quite a distance to travel, we have numerous activities for students to get involved in upon arriving to campus including our academic programs, our student-based clubs and organizations as well as the various campus and community-based events that occur on campus year-round. There is plenty to take part in at Northern!

Marquette offers many of the same amenities that you would see in a typical town but on a smaller scale. Those attractions include restaurants, a movie theater and plenty of outdoor recreational activities. Learn more at

Northern values diversity and we actively work to create an inclusive atmosphere on campus.


Keep your quarters! Washers and driers are available in each residence hall and it is included in your tuition. Of course, students will still have to buy detergent and softener.

If you can't find an answer to a specific question, just contact us at or call 1-800-682-9797 and the staff here at NMU will be happy to find an answer for you.