Northwestern Michigan College

Tel: (231)995-1000
4,502 students
Public institution
Northwestern Michigan College is a community college established in 1951 in Traverse City, Michigan. Our enrollment for credited classes is approximately 5,000 students per semester. NMC offers associates degrees and professional certificates at our main campuses, and through our University Center, we grant baccalaureate and graduate degrees from 10 partner universities.
School Highlights
Northwestern Michigan College serves 4,502 students (40% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
Minority enrollment is 11% of the student body (majority American and Asian), which is less than the state average of 30%.
Northwestern Michigan College is the only community colleges within Grand Traverse County, MI.
The nearest community college is Baker College of Cadillac (35.80 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 172 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
College Northwestern Michigan College Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 172 staff
62 staff
Northwestern Michigan College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 4,502 has declined by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.21 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 4,502 students 1,371 students
Northwestern Michigan College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 26:1
Northwestern Michigan College Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 1,798 students
779 students
Northwestern Michigan College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 2,704 students
1,083 students
Northwestern Michigan College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Northwestern Michigan College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Northwestern Michigan College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2014)
% Asian
Northwestern Michigan College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
Northwestern Michigan College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Northwestern Michigan College Black (2006-2014)
% White
Northwestern Michigan College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
Northwestern Michigan College More (2010-2014)
% Unknown races
Northwestern Michigan College Unknown (2006-2014)
% Non Resident races
Northwestern Michigan College Non Resident (2007-2014)
Northwestern Michigan College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.21 0.70
Northwestern Michigan College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,645 is less than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,994 is less than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,645 $5,664
Northwestern Michigan College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,994 $10,360
Northwestern Michigan College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Total Dormitory Capacity 400 271
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 82%
Northwestern Michigan College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • NMC is the country's only college to have a Maritime academy on fresh water. The Great Lakes Maritime Academy is located at the spectacular Great Lakes Campus located on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, a long protected water of Lake Michigan. Maritime is one of six state maritime academies that receives aid from the federal Maritime Administration. The Great Lakes Campus also houses the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, the only culinary school in Northern Michigan. NMC is home to the Dennos Museum Center, the Rogers Observatory, the Water Studies Institute, and the Michigan Technical Education Center, which operates one of the few community college Aviation programs in the country. NMC's extensive extended education program offers a vast array of non-credit classes to over 10,000 local residents annually. NMC offers one Associate in Science & Arts (ASA) degree: General Liberal Arts & Sciences, that is designed as a degree to prepare students for transfer to four-year schools. This can combine courses from several academic areas. NMC offers several Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees and certificates through these Academic Areas: Aviation, Business, Bridge Program, Communications, Computer Information Systems (IT), Great Lakes Culinary Institute, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Health Occupations, Humanities, M-TEC: Michigan Technical Education Center Physical Education, Science/Math and Social Science. The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is the region's premier cultural facility offering both major exhibitions in the arts and sciences and live performances in jazz, blues, folk and world music by national and international artists. The museum averages 60,000 visits a year, holds one of the largest and most historically complete collections of Inuit art in the United States, and won the Governor's Arts Award for Arts and Culture in 2000.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Baker College of Cadillac
    Private not-for-profit
    1,340 students | 35.80 Mi9600 E 13th St
    Cadillac MI 49601
  • 2,600 students | 51.60 Mi1515 Howard St
    Petoskey MI 49770
  • 2,514 students | 60.90 Mi10775 N Saint Helen Road
    Roscommon MI 48653
  • 4,343 students | 68.40 Mi1375 S Clare Ave
    Harrison MI 48625
  • 1,330 students | 70.30 Mi3000 N Stiles Rd
    Scottville MI 49454
Did You Know?
For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,508 per year for in-state students and $5,995 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,883 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 73%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.48, which is lower than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Henry Ford Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.