• 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 3,278 students (37% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 13% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 29%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 3,278 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,645
  • Out-state tuition: $6,994
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 13%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Northwestern Michigan College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Michigan for:

Category
Attribute
Completion Rates

School Overview

The teacher population of 437 teachers has grown by 154% over five years.
Northwestern Michigan College
(MI) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
437 staff
224 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 8:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Northwestern Michigan College diversity score of 0.24 is less than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,278 students
2,703 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
13:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,200 students
1,079 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,078 students
1,704 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
227 students
298 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,200 students
1,079 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
4 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,078 students
1,615 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
4 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
511 students
178 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
n/a
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
2%
5%
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% Black
1%
12%
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% White
87%
71%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
4%
6%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in MI.
Diversity Score
0.24
0.47
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
17%
14%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Northwestern Michigan College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of MI by year, with the latest 2012-13 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
3.79%
3.79%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,000
$30,700
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Northwestern Michigan College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of MI by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,645 is more than the state average of $4,928. The in-state tuition has declined by 24% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,994 is more than the state average of $6,848. The out-state tuition has declined by 25% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,645
$4,928
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,994
$6,848
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
80%
87%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Northwestern Michigan College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$12,836
$11,704
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Northwestern Michigan College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Northwestern Michigan College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
99%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Northwestern Michigan College cost?

Northwestern Michigan College's tuition is approximately $5,645 for In-State students and $6,994 for Out-State students.

What is Northwestern Michigan College's ranking?

Northwestern Michigan College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Michigan for: Highest completion rates.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 3,278 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,645
  • Out-state tuition: $6,994
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 13%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,928 per year for in-state students and $6,848 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,103 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 87%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity score of 0.47, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Schoolcraft College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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