Exterior view of The Woods residence halls

Top 20 Best Public University in the Midwest!

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report


Residence Hall common room

2nd Most Affordable Public University in Michigan

We believe a college education should be excellent and accessible for all


NMU student sitting outside using a laptop computer.

Best Online Colleges in the Midwest

Ranked by Abound

Guinness World Records at NMU

We're experts at going above and beyond!

Largest Game of Freeze Tag (on NBC Today Show), 2017

Largest Skateboard Parade, 2011

Largest Game of Musical Chairs, 1977

World’s Largest Sauna, 1996 & 2005

World’s Largest Pasty, 1978 (unofficial)

We also have the Largest Wooden Dome in the World!

Making the world's largest pasty at NMU

Pass the ketchup, please!
As part of Homecoming in 1978, Northern set the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest pasty. It was 12 feet by 6 feet by 6 inches and contained more than 1,000 pounds of potatoes, carrots, beef and onions. It was baked for six hours and fed more than 2,000 students.

World's Largest Pasty

Central U.P. and NMU Archives


UP 200 Sled Dog race in downtown Marquette

Northern's Magical Hometown: Marquette

Best Small Town for Outdoor Adventure, USA Today

Best Small Cities in America, Nerd Wallet

Midwest’s Most Adrenaline-Charged Playground, Lonely Planet

Best Trails in the U.S., Bike Magazine

Best College Town for Skiers, Powder

Best Paddling Towns, Men’s Journal

25 Up and Coming Small Towns, Reader’s Digest

Top 50 Best U.S. Winter Vacations, Men's Journal

Home of the annual U.P. 200 Dog Sled Race, a qualifying event for the Iditarod