Facts & Statistics

Founded in 1951, Northwestern Michigan College is a fully accredited community college offering 104 transfer, career degree and certificate programs. NMC has over 700 employees all working to help learners succeed.

Graduates

  • NMC awarded 944 degrees or certificates in the 2015–2016 academic year.
  • In 2015–2016, 75% of NMC’s graduates responding to our graduate survey indicated they were employed in their field of study, and work in Northwestern Michigan.
  • 85% of graduates employed in their field of study stay in Michigan.

Student Enrollment

  • In 2015–2016, over 5,300 students enrolled in credit classes.
  • 4,164 students enrolled for fall semester 2015.
  • 80% of students applying to NMC during the 2015–2016 academic year intended to earn a degree.

Student Profile In Fall 2015

Gender:

  • 52% female
  • 48 male

Credit Load:

  • 37% enrolled full-time (12 or more credits)
  • 63% enrolled part-time (less than 12 credits)

Age Distribution:

  • 12% - 17 years old and under
  • 58% - 18–24 years old
  • 19% - 25–34 years old
  • 9% - 35–49 years old
  • 2% - 50+ years old

Ethnic Background:

  • 2% American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 1% Asian or Pacific Islander
  • 1% Black of African American
  • 4% Hispanic or Chicano
  • 3% Multi-racial
  • 5% Other/Undeclared
  • 84% White

Financial Aid

  • In 2015–2016, almost $1.1 million was awarded in scholarships to nearly 1,000 learners.

Tuition

NMC’s in-district tuition for 2017-2018 is the 13th lowest of the state’s community colleges and is 75 percent lower than the average for public universities in Michigan.

  • $103.70 per contact hour for students living in Grand Traverse County
  • $215.60 per contact hour for students living in Michigan but outside Grand Traverse County
  • $281.00 per contact hour for students living out-of-state
  • $317.50 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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