Northwestern Michigan College

  • 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 13% of the student body (majority American and Asian), which is less than the state average of 31%.
  • Northwestern Michigan College is the only community colleges within Grand Traverse County, MI.
  • The nearest community college to Northwestern Michigan College is Baker College of Cadillac (35.8 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 172 teachers has declined by 7% over five years.
Northwestern Michigan College(MI) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty172 staff100 staff
Northwestern Michigan College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Northwestern Michigan College has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Northwestern Michigan College diversity score of 0.24 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has grown by 147% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,502 students3,505 students
Northwestern Michigan College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio26:135:1
Northwestern Michigan College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,798 students1,591 students
Northwestern Michigan College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,704 students1,914 students
Northwestern Michigan College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Northwestern Michigan College Enrollment Breakdown MI All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Northwestern Michigan College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2015)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Northwestern Michigan College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Northwestern Michigan College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Northwestern Michigan College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Northwestern Michigan College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Northwestern Michigan College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Northwestern Michigan College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Northwestern Michigan College Non Resident (2008-2016)
% Unknown races
Northwestern Michigan College Ethnicity Breakdown MI All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.240.50
Northwestern Michigan College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Northwestern Michigan College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2013)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,000$30,600
Northwestern Michigan College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,645 is more than the state average of $5,223. The in-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,994 is less than the state average of $7,110. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,645$5,223
Northwestern Michigan College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,994$7,110
Northwestern Michigan College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid82%88%
Northwestern Michigan College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$13,782$12,011
Northwestern Michigan College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$7,000$5,500
Northwestern Michigan College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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, non-profit
    1,340 students | 35.80 Mi9600 E 13th St
    Cadillac MI  49601
  • 2,527 students | 51.60 Mi1515 Howard St
    Petoskey MI  49770
  • 1,528 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
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Did You Know?
For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,223 per year for in-state students and $7,110 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,115 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 71%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity score of 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Henry Ford Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.