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 3,727 students (37% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is lower than the state community college average of 30:1.
Minority enrollment is 18% of the student body (majority Hispanic and American), which is less than the state average of 34%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 172 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Northwestern Michigan College(MI) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty172 staff103 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Northwestern Michigan College has declined by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has decreased from 26:1 over five years.
The Northwestern Michigan College diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 33% over five years.
Total Enrollment3,727 students2,920 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio22:130:1
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# Full-Time Students1,381 students1,336 students
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# Part-Time Students2,346 students1,914 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
507212
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% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
4%
5%
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% Black
1%
15%
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% White
82%
66%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
3%
3%
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% Unknown races
4%
5%
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Diversity Score0.320.53
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College Completion Rate
17%
14%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,000$30,600
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $5,645 is more than the state average of $4,903. The in-state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,994 is more than the state average of $6,831. The out-state tuition has declined by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,645$4,903
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,994$6,831
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid80%88%
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Median Debt for Graduates$14,000$11,698
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,782$5,500
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Source: 2019 (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

The nearest community college to Northwestern Michigan College is Baker College of Cadillac (35.8 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Baker College of Cadillac
    Private, non-profit
    1,340 students | 35.80 Mi9600 E 13th St
    Cadillac MI  49601
    (231) 876-3101
    35.801,340
  • 2,329 students | 51.40 Mi1515 Howard St
    Petoskey MI  49770
    (231) 348-6600
    51.402,329
  • 1,477 students | 55.80 Mi4800 W 4 Mile Road
    Grayling MI  49738
    (989) 275-5000
    55.801,477
  • 1,042 students | 63.90 Mi3000 N Stiles Rd
    Scottville MI  49454
    (231) 845-6211
    63.901,042
  • 3,802 students | 68.70 Mi1375 S Clare Ave
    Harrison MI  48625
    (989) 386-6622
    68.703,802
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Did You Know?
For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,903 per year for in-state students and $6,831 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 80%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity score of 0.53, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Henry Ford College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.