Northwood University is a private, not-for-profit, four-year institution of higher education, whose main campus is located in Midland, Michigan. In 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.
The whole of Northwood University’s academics are focused around business-centered learning, awarding associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Currently Northwood offers an Master's of Business Administration degree completely online.