Northwood University is a private, not-for-profit, four-year institution of higher education, whose main campus is located in Midland, Michigan.
ABOUTIn 1959, Arthur E. Turner and R. Gary Stauffer founded Northwood University, then known as Northwood Institute. The school first opened with 100 students in a 19th century mansion in Alma, Michigan. Turner and Stauffer implemented what they called “The Northwood Idea” into their schooling; integrating the lessons of the American free-enterprise society into the classrooms that promoted higher learning.
In 1961, the then-known Northwood Institute moved to Midland, Michigan, where its main campus is located today. Northwood Institute received a building donation in Orange County, Indiana, which served as a satellite campus of the business management school from 1966 to 1983. In the same time period, Northwood also established a second location in Cedar Hill, Texas. David E. Fry became Northwood Institute’s president in 1982 and added the residential campus in West Palm Beach, Florida. When the DeVos Graduate School of Management was created in 1993, the school’s name also changed to Northwood University.
On their website, the core values of Northwood University include the “advantages of an entrepreneurial, free-enterprise society” and “individual freedom and individual responsibility.” This school also believes their students should be able to operate from a foundation of ethics and integrity, as well as garner learning from Northwood University’s “promotion and leverage of the global, diverse, and multi-cultural nature of enterprise.” The institution has a total student enrollment of approximately 6,800 students from 73 different countries. Northwood University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
ACADEMICSThe whole of Northwood University’s academics are focused around business-centered learning. The main degrees include the Bachelors of Business Administration, as well as a Master of Business Administration or Master of Science degree that are earned through the DeVos Graduate School of Management. The specializations for the Bachelors of Business Administration degree include Accounting, Advertising & Marketing, Aftermarket Management, Automotive Marketing & Management, Computer Information Management, Economics, Entertainment Sport & Promotion Management, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Marketing & Management, Finance, Franchising Management, Health Care Management, Hospitality Management, Innovation Marketing & Management, Insurance Risk Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Maritime Business & Management, Operations & Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability Management.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATIONWhile not all programs at Northwood University are available in an online format, the institution is developing its availability of adult degree programs. The Texas campus closed residential operations in 2014, but is continuing to expand adult degree programs at this location. Currently, the Bachelor of Business Administration degrees available in an online format are Aftermarket Management, Automotive Marketing and Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Care Management, Management, Marketing, Accounting, and Computer Information Management. Students may also participate in the Online MBA program, which takes approximately 24 months to complete, depending on the student’s chosen course schedule.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AIDIf students are enrolled at Northwood University and are taking approximately 12-17 credit hours per semester, the estimated cost of education is about $21,950 per year. The per credit hour charge for 1-11 credits is $845, and the credit hour charge for 18 and over credits is $585. Students will also need to pay $732 per credit hour for compressed courses and $732 per credit hour for summer courses. Northwood University estimates book and supply costs to be around $1,253.
A number of scholarship opportunities may be available to students depending on their chosen program and campus. In addition to state and federal programs, private donor scholarships are also available.
The programs Northwood University offers are:
- Northwood Grants
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
State of Michigan Scholarships and Grants:
- Michigan Tuition Grant
- Michigan Competitive Scholarship
State of Florida Scholarships and Grants:
- Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
- Access to Better Learning and Education Grant Program
- Florida Student Assistance Grant.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,725
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