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NMU enrollment and retention climbing

MARQUETTE, MI— Northern Michigan University’s winter semester enrollment report shows an increase of 330 students compared with the same time last year.

That amounts to a 5.3 percent increase, for a total headcount of 6,657. Officials say the percentage of students who re-enrolled after the fall semester is also encouraging, particularly among freshmen.

Most of the enrollment increases came in graduate studies and Global Campus offerings. Graduate enrollment increased by about 22 percent, to 629 total. Global Campus, which offers online-only programs, has 307 more students than last year—an increase of nearly 60 percent.

Northern reported increases of almost 10 percent for new freshmen and 15 percent for new transfers and graduate students in the fall semester. That boosted the total headcount by 3.3 percent, offsetting a large graduating class in May 2023.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.