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Northwood University

Michigan, United States
Campus setting Urban
Living cost USD 1,500 per month
Student population Medium (1,001 to 10,000)
International students Contact the university / college
Institution type Private

About Northwood University

We view a Northwood University education as an investment in your future. Any person who devotes time to a Northwood education gives up the opportunity to devote that time to all the other pursuits he or she might engage in during that time.

The Value of The Idea

We believe that competitive, productive effort can overcome obstacles, solve problems, and achieve goals; that human beings can make a difference in the world in which they live; that political and economic freedom are of paramount importance in releasing creativity and productivity; that sacrifice--savings--is a necessary prerequisite to progress; that equality of opportunity based on contribution and inequality of reward using the same criteria are not only appropriate, but the necessary conditions; in a system not forced into conformity with some master plan; that it is the differences among us that make us interesting and useful to each other; in the freedom to fail. We must be free to bear the positive and negative consequences of our actions; that in a competitive system, all who participate benefit from it; we dedicate ourselves to the elimination of artificial barriers to equal opportunity for all human beings. Racial, religious and sexual barriers are anathema to us; that an understanding and appreciation of the arts and humanities is a primary source of human enrichment in the lives of productive human beings; that education is never something that one person can do to another. It is, rather, something two people do together. This means that an educational institution is, primarily, a facilitator of knowledge.

We practice a healthy skepticism of large and powerful government because we think history has clearly demonstrated that such structures move rapidly from being of the people toward being over the people, and freedom is lost in the balance. Our intolerance of monolithic power is consistent across the business, labor, and government spectrum. We suspect, furthermore, that as a society we cannot gain from the establishment of legal monopolies except in a very few and constrained circumstances.

This is The Northwood Idea.

Campus information

The Northwood University campus is located in Midland, Michigan; a beautiful town full of art, history, and activity. Midland is home to the Dow Chemical, Dow Corning Corporation, Chemical Bank, Midland Center for the Arts and the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Dow Gardens, Alden B. Dow Home & Studio, Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, Dow Diamond, Chippewa Nature Center, Midland Tennis Center, Midland Civic Arena, the Midland Mall and so much more.

Northwood is just minutes away from downtown Main Street with unique eateries, shops, and night life. The Tridge (three-way pedestrian bridge), Farmer's Market, and Pere Marquette Rail Trail Trailhead are also located just off Main Street. While here you could also spend time seeing a movie, catching a Loons baseball game (Single A Affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers), disc golfing, hiking the nature trails, bowling with friends, kayaking, ice skating, roller blading, dining out, or enjoying the night life of Main Street, Midland is In addition to being a hub for young professionals and entrepreneurs, Midland has received many national honors and awards. Students also enjoy real-world activities like our outdoor Auto Show (North America's largest), the Style Show, and Stafford Dinner.

Midland is home to world-class companies and excellent cultural experiences. It is located less than two hours from metro Detroit and the major sporting and entertainment venues the Motor City offers. The Great Lakes Bay region is a very vibrant part of Michigan for people of all ages.

Area Highlights

  • In Downtown Midland you will find dining, shopping, and a vibrant night life.
  • Sports fans will enjoy watching the Great Lakes Loons, the Single-A Affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, at the world-class Dow Diamond.
  • Hockey and skating enthusiasts will enjoy exceptional public skating rinks.
  • Canoeing and kayaking takes place on nearby rivers and lakes.
  • A BMX track and skate park is also near campus.
  • Festivals, concerts, theatre performances, and exhibitions take place all year.
  • The 30-mile Rail-Trail (adjacent to our campus) offers beautiful scenery along its path for jogging, biking, blading, and cross-country skiing.
  • The Tridge, a three-legged footbridge and nature area where the Tittabawassee and Chippewa Rivers come together, is only a few blocks from the center of town.
  • Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest are celebrated for their floral abundance.
  • The United States Tennis Association named Midland, Michigan the number one tennis town in the country in 2010.
  • Midland received national recognition again when it received the “100 Best Communities for Young People” award sponsored by America’s Promise - The Alliance for Youth in 2009 and 2010.
  • In 2010 Business Facilities Magazine ranked Midland, Michigan 3rd in the nation for “Top 10 Alternative Energy Industry Leaders.”
  • Forbes ranked Midland, Michigan 4th in the country for the “Best Places to Raise a Family” based on things like affordability, education, and jobs in 2010.
  • In 2010 Business Facilities Magazine ranked Midland, Michigan 3rd in the nation for “Economic Growth Potential.”
  • The University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business identified Midland as among the “2009 Top Performers at Attracting and Retaining Entrepreneurial Firms.”


ALL Freshmen are required to live on campus unless they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Live within a 50 mile commuting radius of Northwood University
  • Married
  • Veteran
  • 20 years of age or older as of September 1
  • Live with a sibling (sophomore or older) who is already established off campus (approval by Dean of Students required)

Dubois & Miner Residence Hall

  • Designated for freshmen under the age of 20 and accommodates approximately 472 students.
  • Laundry facilities
  • Vending areas
  • Directly next door to the Student Union & Student Leadership Center
  • Computer lab (open 24 hours)
  • Furnished living environment
  • Every two rooms are adjoined by a restroom with shower
  • Internet data ports (ethernet ports) in every bedroom. Wireless network throughout campus
  • Conveniently attached to the cafeteria
  • 24-hour security and security cameras
  • Room Furnishings: 2 Desk Chairs, 2 Bookshelves, 2 Twin beds (bunk-style, extra-long), 2 Desks, 2 Closets

Naegele Village Apartments

  • Designated for students beyond their first year at Northwood University
  • Accommodates up to 168 students
  • Each individual apartment houses up to 6 students in single bedrooms
  • Central air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
  • Adjacent to the Student Union & Student Leadership Center
  • Internet data ports (ethernet ports) in every bedroom. Wireless network throughout campus
  • Cable outlets in every bedroom
  • Conveniently located near the cafeteria
  • 1-2 bathrooms
  • 24-hour security
  • Room Furnishings: one [1] twin bed (extra-long), one [1] closet or wardrobe, one [1] three-drawer dresser, one [1] desk, one [1] chair, carpeted throughout
  • Shared living room and kitchenette

South Village Apartments

  • Designated for students beyond their first year at Northwood University
  • Accommodates up to 168 students
  • Each individual apartment houses up to six students within three bedrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Large community living area
  • Study rooms
  • Free laundry facilities within each apartment
  • Internet data ports (ethernet ports) in every bedroom. Wireless network throughout campus
  • Cable outlet
  • Full bath and half bath
  • 24-hour security and security cameras
  • Room Furnishings: twin beds (extra-long), two closets, two dressers
  • Shared apartment furnishings: oven/stove, refrigerator/freezer, sink, cupboard space, one [1] couch, one [1] loveseat, one [1] chair, shared desk space, and storage closet

Additional info

Step 1: International Application Form

  • Start the process with our online application. Step-by-step instructions are given throughout the process.

Step 2: Academic Transcripts (your past courses with Final grades)

  • Official transcripts, both in original language and in English are required as part of your application. Original documents become property Northwood University and cannot be returned. English translation of transcripts should be conducted by a certified translation service.
  • If a high school graduation exam is required in your country, we will also need a copy of that test result as well.

Step 3: Proof of Funds Available

There are three choices for demonstrating proof of financial ability to study in the United States. All documents must be clear and in typed or printed format (not handwritten). Bank stationery must be identifiable and include the bank's address, phone number, and fax number.

  • Financial statement signed by you or your sponsor. If you have more than one sponsor, an official, certified and notarized affidavit of support, including full name of all sponsors, must be sent;
  • Original and official bank statement (updated within the past six months) from you or your sponsor representing funds for at least one academic year. The statement must identify the name of the account holder, their relationship to you, account number, and currency; 
  • An original letter from the bank stating the name of account holder, account number, date, currency used, and amount. It must be signed by a member of bank staff whose name, position, and contact information are provided in the letter.

Step 4: A copy of your passport's ID page

  • Copy of identification page(s) of your passport as well as those of any dependents you will be bringing into the U.S.

Step 5: Proof of English Proficiency

  • If you have taken TOEFL, IELTS or other approved tests. Proof of English proficiency is needed to enroll in a standard academic program, but is not required if you plan to study in the Intensive English Program.
  • Proof of English proficiency may not be required if applying from a country in which English is the native language or if the student has completed non-ESL English academic courses at an approved college or university with C grades or above.
  • All documents must be posted by mail to our office (address below). Scanned documents sent by email are not accepted.

Mail all required documents to:

Michigan Campus

Northwood University
Office of Admission
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640

We will notify you of your admission decision within two weeks after receiving your application materials. Students who are accepted into the University will be sent a letter of acceptance and the I-20 or DS-2019.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 3 Business, Management 7 Creative Arts & Design 1 Hotel Management & Hospitality 1


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