10. Superior Dome
Built in 1991, it is 14 stories high and is the largest wooden dome in the world. The dome is home to the NMU Wildcats football team and in addition to sports, the Dome also hosts conferences and trade shows, among several other uses.
NMU’s laptop initiative gave the students the ease and accessibility of a laptop computer. With a laptop by their side, all full-time students are able to take notes with ease and to follow along with a professor’s power point presentations. Northern’s laptop initiative is the first of its kind at a public university in Michigan.
Students at NMU are in no shortage of weekend activities. Student organizations like Campus Cinema bring second-run movies to NMU and offers free admission to all students. Northern Arts & Entertainment recently brought Third Eye Blind to campus and the Forest Roberts Theatre (FRT) have put on renowned Broadway shows such as “Rent.” FRT’s 2010-2011 season includes “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.”
The vast array of professors and TAs on campus allow students to always have someone to talk to about their classes. Whether it’s an issue about a grade or a question about an assignment, the NMU faulty will avail themselves to the students. When students need to speak with any of the administrative professionals on campus, more often than not the experience will be pleasant and informative.
6. Recreational classes
For classes that demand physical activity, Northern is in no short supply. Taking advantage of its surroundings, NMU offers credit in classes like Sea Kayaking, Figure Skating and Rock Climbing, to name a few. With classes counting just only one credit, these are also an inexpensive way for students to stay active throughout the semester.
5. Eateries on campus
When it comes to food on campus, NMU has a wide range of restaurants for the tastes of all students. The basement of the LRC is home to both Latino-inspired Fieras and Starbucks, while the UC contains the Wildcat Den. Temaki and Tea, which offers Japanese-style cuisine, is located on the second floor of Hedgcock building. Northern also has Chez Nous, its student-run bistro, which features fine dining at an affordable price. Chez Nous operates during a select time in the fall and winter semesters in the Jacobetti Center.
4. Student Employment
With offices to run and restaurants to eat at, students are there through it all as they work their way through college. Many offices on campus offer jobs to students who receive work-study through their financial aid package. This allows students to earn a few extra dollars and have a schedule that is flexible for their classes. For those without work study, NMU’s website offers a list of jobs both on campus and around the area that will cater to students who need to earn extra money and make it to all their classes.
Not only are there emergency phones located throughout campus, but Public Safety also has 24-hour patrols of the area, which are both on foot and by car. In addition, NMU offers an escort service to those students who feel unsafe walking campus at night. For a relatively crime-free campus, these precautions may not always be needed, but NMU makes sure its students always feel safe wherever they go.
2. Green programs
With green initiatives become more and more popular, NMU has taken it upon itself to be a leader in having a green campus. Some of the initiatives include shower shut off valves in Hunt Hall, and Dual-Valve toilets in both Hunt and Van Antwerp which reduce water waste by 30 percent.
Low tuition rates allow students to not get over their heads in debt when graduation comes around, and it makes NMU a natural choice for those who want to save some money and still get a quality learning experience.