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Facts & Statistics

Founded in 1951, Northwestern Michigan College is a fully accredited community college offering 103 transfer, career degree and certificate programs.

Graduates

  • NMC awarded 689 degrees or certificates in the 2018–2019 academic year.
  • Over 90% of NMC graduates reported being satisfied to very satisfied with the career preparation through coursework they received at NMC (2019 Graduate Survey Report).

Student Enrollment

  • In 2018–2019, over 3,700 students enrolled in credit classes.
  • 3,579 students enrolled for fall semester 2019.
  • 77% of students applying to NMC during the 2018–2019 academic year intended to earn a degree.

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

  • 15:1 as of Fall 2019

Student Profile In Fall 2019

Gender:

  • 52% female
  • 48% male

Age Distribution:

  • 13% - 17 years old and under
  • 61% - 18–24 years old
  • 17% - 25–34 years old
  • 8% - 35–49 years old
  • 2% - 50 years old and older

Credit Load:

  • 38% enrolled full-time (12 or more credits)
  • 62% enrolled part-time (less than 12 credits)

Ethnic Background:

  • 2% - American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 1% - Asian
  • 1% - Black or African American
  • 4% - Hispanic/Latino
  • 3% - Multi-racial
  • 8% - Other/Undeclared
  • 81% - White

Financial Aid

  • In 2019–2020, over $1.7 million in scholarships was awarded to more than 1,200 learners — an average of $1,213 per learner.

Tuition

NMC’s in-district tuition for 2019–2020 is the 8th lowest of the state’s 28 community colleges and is 75 percent lower than the average for public universities in Michigan. NMC has also committed not to raise tuition rates for 2020–2021.

  • $109.00 per contact hour for students living in Grand Traverse County
  • $227.00 per contact hour for students living in Michigan but outside Grand Traverse County
  • $296.00 per contact hour for students living out-of-state
  • $334.00 per contact hour for international students

Proud fact

Over 90% of NMC graduates and transfer students report accomplishing their educational goal, and 91% say NMC is a good value for the money.

"Given their popularity among today's college students, America's future economic success may well depend on how we invest in two-year institutions." 

CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS REPORT

 February 2009

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