Northern Michigan University (NMU)

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Northern Michigan University can be found in Marquette, MI, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Approximately eight thousand students are enrolled at NMU.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores at NMU. A score within the range of 970 to 1190 on the SAT exam, or 20 to 26 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the NMU average GPA ranges from 3.06 to 3.38 for accepted students. Approximately 70% of all applicant were admitted at NMU, and from those that were granted acceptance around 32% continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NMU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Northern Michigan University was reported as 65.6% in Fall 2020 with over 7,680 applications submitted to NMU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • NMU ACT Scores: 20 - 26
  • NMU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Northern Michigan University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of NMU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for NMU has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 75.9%
  • 2017-2018: 74.4%
  • 2018-2019: 65.7%
  • 2019-2020: 65.6%
  • Projected NMU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 63.8%

How Does NMU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Northern Michigan University is sixteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Michigan Technological University74.3%
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay85.2%
Lake Superior State University57.2%
Saint Norbert College79.8%
Lawrence University62.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NMU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading490 - 600
Math480 - 590
Total Score970 - 1190
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 25
Math18 - 26
Composite Score20 - 26
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