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Northwestern Michigan College

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Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkA Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueA University Resource UseA+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeA
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsA
SafetyA
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Date: Sep 18 2016
Major: Engineering Department (This Major's Salary over time)
I came to NMC because of their top ten or so ranking for veterans and being selected as a military friendly school for multiple years in a row now: not only that but because of the marine engineering program they have available. There are few programs like this in the U.S.; (only a few similar that I could find through research but not in areas as beautiful and fun as Traverse City, if you're an outdoors person who likes seasons and beer, you will love it). I could not speak for the other programs at NMC, but I can say that my time in their marine engineering program has been…awesome. You can do either your A.S. or B.S. in Marine Engineering Technology there. The professors have some serious credentials and all of them have been just great people to work with and learn from. They all have a great amount of experience in the field and are extremely easy to communicate with. The marine engineering technology program, specifically, has some excellent connections with small and big-name marine companies everywhere. They also frequently visit the college for employment opportunities or just to talk about the industry in general and you are easily afforded the opportunity to network. As we work primarily with ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), sonar, marine sensors, etc.. the location on Lake Michigan is ideal and the college owns multiple vessels that are used to go out and explore shipwrecks, conduct hydrography and bathymetry as well as many other applications that you learn throughout the program. The equipment used in this program costs literally millions… and the college has been supported by some of the big names in the marine field with equipment and other support. There is even an 80,000 gallon water tank that is used for ROVs.

The second and probably the most important thing has been their veterans support. NMC has an OUTSTANDING veterans support office. Scott, one of the vet reps at the campus will do everything humanly possible to help you and does an amazing job of keeping everybody up to date with information, events and creating a bond throughout the vet community here at the college. There is a vet book program so many times you may not even have to pay for books (depending on their availability in the vet book lending library). There is a dedicated veteran lounge and the whole VA process/ 9/11 GI Bill process is a piece of cake. I literally register for my classes, send them the schedule and I have absolutely nothing else I need to worry about.

I live in an apartment off-campus and have not lived in the dorms. I do know a couple of guys who do live in the dorms and they have had no problems with it; again they are much younger guys (I am 30), but you can also get assistance finding housing in the area from the college. The campus itself is split all over TC, this may or may not be an issue for you. I think there are like 5-6 locations overall if you include the observatory. NMC is not the prettiest of campuses (as in they are missing that big old university look with lots of cool looking buildings and what not) but all facilities are modern and very well-maintained (it is a community college). (I am comparing this to the University of Hohenheim, Germany, Univerity of Bonn, Germany and University of Illinois, Chicago so that's probably not a very realistic comparison)

My overall experience here as been hugely positive and I would easily recommend anyone looking for a program like this to give it a serious look. Take care-

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