Northern Michigan University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Northern Michigan University

Situated in the state’s Upper Peninsula, Northern Michigan University is one of Michigan’s 15 public universities. Students can select from 147-degree programs ranging from one-year diplomas to a new Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Academics are backed by a 20 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Campus life is robust with a wide range of student organizations and clubs that sponsor about 300 programs and events each year. Athletics are popular, and the campus is home to a range of sports camps, recreational sports, and intercollegiate teams.


  • Total Enrollment: 7,595 (7,089 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male/56% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,944 (in-state); $16,550 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $10,774
  • Other Expenses: $1,992
  • Total Cost: $24,510 (in-state); $30,116 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 82%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,306
    • Loans: $6,450

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; and Natural Resources and Conservation

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 26%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 50%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Skiing-Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming and Diving
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Skiing-Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Northern Michigan University Admissions

With an acceptance rate of 66%, Northern Michigan University is a fairly open school. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Northern Michigan University Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 490/600
    • SAT Math: 480/580
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 20/26
    • ACT English: 19/26
    • ACT Math: 18/26

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Northern Michigan University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Northern Michigan University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

California State University Fresno, California State University Stanislaus, California State University San Bernardino, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Northern Michigan University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Liberty University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Radford University, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Northern Michigan University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Alabama, Ohio University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Applying to Northern Michigan University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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