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NMU instituted in 1899 as Northern State Normal School, is a dynamic four-year, public, coeducational university which offers 180 degree programs...


NMU instituted in 1899 as Northern State Normal School, is a dynamic four-year, public, coeducational university which offers 180 degree programs to nearly 9,400 undergraduate and graduate students. The 360-acre NMU campus is known for its safe, clean, friendly and natural environment. It features 52 facilities, including the newly constructed Seaborg Science Complex, a state-of-the-art venue with more than two dozen laboratories, and the newly renovated Thomas Fine Arts and Art and Design buildings. NMU is one of the largest notebook computer campuses in the United States with all full-time students receiving either a ThinkPad or iBook as part of tuition. The university has national and international awards for its innovative work in the area of technology in higher education. The university is also the site of the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC), one of only four Olympic training centers in the nation and the only one designated as an education center.


Northern is located in the city of Marquette in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The beautiful campus is located just minutes from the shore of Lake Superior and downtown Marquette, Michigan. The campus was named one of the “most unwired” (wireless) campuses in the United States in 2005. The region offers: 11 hiking trails; 96 miles of cross country ski trails; 500 miles of snowmobile trails; 11 accessible waterfalls; and about 10 miles of city bike paths.


  • In the past six years, 92.8% of teacher education graduates passed the Michigan tests for Teacher Certification subject area tests (the statewide average is 85.38%).

  • More than 90% of NMU alumni are employed full-time or continuing their education within six months of graduation.

  • The placement rate for pre-medical and pre-dental students recommended for professional school has been in the 90% range over the past 20 years.

Colleges and Courses

  • College of Arts and Sciences

  • Walker L. Cisler College of Business

  • College of Graduate Studies

  • College of Professional Studies

    • School of Education

    • School of Nursing

    • School of Technology and Applied Sciences

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