Facts & Statistics

Founded in 1951, Northwestern Michigan College is a fully accredited community college offering 96 transfer, career degree and certificate programs. NMC has over 700 employees all working to help learners succeed.


  • NMC awarded over 820 degrees or certificates in the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • In 2013-2014, 80% of NMC’s graduates employed in their field of study live and work in Northwestern Michigan.
  • 86% of graduates employed in their field of study stay in Michigan.

Student Enrollment

  • In the 10 years from 2004 to 2014, NMC's enrollment decreased slightly by 1.5%.
  • In 2014-2015, over 5,600 students enrolled in credit classes.
  • 4,494 students enrolled for Fall semester 2014.
  • More than 84% of students applying to NMC intend to earn a degree.

Student Profile in Fall 2014


  • 57% female
  • 43% male

Credit Load:

  • 41% enrolled full-time (12 or more credits)
  • 59% enrolled part-time

Age distribution:

  • 10% are 17 and younger
  • 31% are 18-20
  • 35% are 21-30
  • 18% are 31-45
  • 6% are 46 and over

Ethnic background:

  • 2% American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 1% Asian or Pacific Islander
  • 1% Black or African American
  • 2% Hispanic or Chicano
  • 2% Multi-racial
  • 6% Other/Undeclared
  • 86% White

Financial Aid

  • In 2014-2015, over $22 million in total aid was awarded to almost 3,200 learners, for an average amount of aid per student of almost $7,000.
  • In 2014-2015, almost $1.3 million was awarded in scholarships to nearly 1,000 learners.


Northwestern Michigan College ranks below the state median ($96.00) of tuition per contact hour:

  • $90.90 per contact hour for students living in Grand Traverse County
  • $180.00 per contact hour for students living in Michigan but outside Grand Traverse County
  • $234.65 per contact hour for students living out of state and international students

Local Strategic Value

  • Provide customized on-site training for area companies, employees, or both through the programs of NMC’s Training Services.
  • NMC actively engages local educational entities to provide early college programming including a strong dual enrollment program for high school students and direct credit opportunities.
  • Promote continued pursuit of higher education through the Commitment Scholarship directed at first generation students identified in the 8th grade.
  • NMC’s collaboration with Michigan Works! offers activities to promote successful transitions to college for new and returning adult learners.
  • At NMC’s University Center, the community has access to education opportunities beyond the Associate level in undergraduate and graduate level degree programs offered by eight university partners.
  • Continuing education programming for leisure, wellness, personal enrichment, or professional development through NMC Extended Educational Services.
  • Promote cultural, educational, or personal enrichment for community members through access to WNMC 90.7 FM, NMC’s public radio station; community observation nights for the Rogers Astronomical Observatory and the Dennos Museum Center.
Updated May 2015 by ORPE

Proud fact

Over 91% of NMC graduates and transfer students consistently report accomplishing their educational goal and 89% 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." 


 February 2009

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