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Northern is the institution of choice in the Midwest for students seeking quality academic programs with individualized attention in a high-tech learning environment.
Located in Michigan's spectacular Upper Peninsula, Northern is a dynamic public university offering 180 degree programs to about 9,400 undergraduate and graduate students. The most popular majors are art and design, nursing, criminal justice and education. Every Northern student gets a ThinkPad or MacBook Pro notebook computer as part of tuition and fees. Students learn to live a life that matters in Northern’s unique Superior Edge service leadership program that focuses on citizenship, diversity awareness, leadership and real world experience.
Northern is naturally connected.
Students, faculty and staff are engaged in the local community through work, play and community service.
NMU is located in a natural environment unrivaled by any other on the south shore of Lake Superior.
|Total Undergraduate Students||8,712|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||226||3%|
|African American / Black||175||2%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||9||<1%|
|Two or More Races||160||2%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||250||3%|
|Where do NMU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||18%|
|How old are NMU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||16%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT|
|Composite||19 - 25|
|Math||18 - 25|
|English||18 - 25|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top of graduating class Data Not Available|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.14|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||99%|
The cost to attend Northern Michigan University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||21 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||66%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||89%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||315|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||40%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||8%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||77%|
75% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
38% of all undergraduates live on campus
NMU takes pride in providing a welcoming, secure environment for learning and living. Our online and emergency text notification systems are ready to keep students, faculty and staff aware of urgent safety issues. As well as crime prevention, our public safety officers provide motorist assistance, escorts and personal safety training. Ongoing training prepares us for potential emergencies from fires to pandemics, from chemical spills to simple inclement weather.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
The university has regualar research survey programs that evaluate student attitude and experiences.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Northern Michigan University in 2010-11|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2010-11|
|Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing||8%|
|Fine and Studio Arts||5%|
|Criminal Justice and Corrections||5%|
|Business Administration, Management and Operations||3%|
|Construction Engineering Technologies||3%|
First-time students in Fall 2010 that returned for their second year: 73%
All academic departments at Northern Michigan University submit Outcomes Assessment Reports containing four evaluated components: Learning outcome (objective), Means of Assessment (method), Summary of data (results), Usage (changes for improvement). Procedures for conducting this annual review of program learning outcomes are available on the NMU accreditation website. The site includes an inventory of assessment plans and recent results. A two-year Academic Program Review Task Force is underway to implement a new process for reviewing overall program quality. Outcomes assessment is one component of that review.
For areas in which peer comparison are available, NMU placed well in learning outcomes. In the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification results for secondary education majors in 2010-2011, NMU seniors outperformed the state passage rate in 28 out of 33 disciplines (84%). In all nine assessment categories of the Biology Major Field Test, NMU biology seniors scored in the highest category, the 95th percentile. Eighty-nine percent of nursing students were successful on their first attempt at the NCLEX-RN exam, exceeding the 87% national NCLEX-RN mean. Students majoring in five subdisciplines of Clinical Sciences requiring certification exceeded national average/pass rates on certification exams. In the Business Major Field Test, NMU business seniors scored at the 83rd percentile overall. Health, PE & Recreation faculty piloted a wiki to store and review outcomes assessment in their program. Learning outcomes assessment for all programs can be viewed within the NMU AQIP website.
The General Education component of undergraduate education at NMU is labeled the “Liberal Studies Program” and is overseen by a Liberal Studies Committee. The program consists of seven divisions and the Committee uses a rotational method to assess general education learning outcomes. Two to three divisions are assessed each summer using student artifacts collected from courses taught that academic year. The Committee uses trained evaluators and an agreed upon rubric to evaluate the artifacts, compiles the results into a summary report, presents them to the Academic Senate and distributes them to the relevant academic departments. The assessment documents are available on the Liberal Studies Program website.
Northern Michigan University will implement the ETS Proficiency Profile in academic year 2012-13.