Northwestern Michigan College: Narrative Description

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1701 East Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49686-3061
Tel: (231)995-1000
Free: 800-748-0566
Admissions: (231)995-1034
Fax: (231)995-1680
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1951. Setting: 180-acre small town campus. Educational spending 2003-04: $5840 per student. Total enrollment: 4,609. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 2,521 applied, 95% were admitted. Full-time: 2,011 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 2,598 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 19 states and territories, 2% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 0.5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 37% 25 or older, 5% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 49% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission residents of sponsoring counties. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: high school transcript. Placement: ACT COMPASS required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/28.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. Area resident tuition: $2339 full-time, $68.80 per contact hour part-time. State resident tuition: $4077 full-time, $119.92 per contact hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5087 full-time, $149 per contact hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $383 full-time, $10.33 per contact hour part-time, $16 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. College room and board: $6285. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 15 open to all. Most popular organizations: Residence Hall Council, honors fraternity, student newspaper, student magazine, student radio station. Major annual events: Campus Clean-Up Day, Annual Barbecue, graduation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, well-lit campus. 350 college housing spaces available; 238 were occupied in 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Mark and Helen Osterlin Library plus 1 other with 97,458 books, 155,643 microform titles, 9,820 serials, 3,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $491,000. 625 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The Grand Traverse region is the center of Michigan's cherry-growing belt, with Traverse City marketing more cherries than any other city in the country. This is also an important year-round resort area. The temperature averages about 70 degrees in summer. Bus and air transportation are easily accessible. There are many churches, 2 hospitals, 2 libraries, 2 museums, and other major community services. Recreational activities include sailing, golf, hunting, tennis, swimming, water skiing, fishing, bowling, skating, and all winter sports. Concerts and travel lectures are given here, and the National Cherry Festival is an annual event.

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