Northwood University


Living in an increasingly interconnected world, it is important for students to grasp the nature of today’s global economy, politics and cultures. Northwood’s Study Abroad program provides students with the opportunity to live and learn abroad preparing students to participate in, and lead, a globalized world.

A decision to study abroad could be a life-changing decision made during your time in college but this decision is not to be entered into lightly. There are many important matters pertaining to your academic requirements, personal objectives, and investment in this venture that must be addressed in a timely manner.


On March 23, 1959, two young men with an idea, a goal, and a pragmatic philosophy to encompass it all, broke away from their careers in a traditional college structure to create a new concept in education.
Their visionary idea became a reality when Dr. Arthur E. Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer enrolled 100 students at Northwood Institute. They used a 19th-century mansion in Alma, Michigan, as a school building, a small amount of borrowed money for operating expenses and a large amount of determination.
Northwood was created as the world was changing. The Russians had launched Sputnik and America was soon to follow. Stauffer and Turner watched the race to space. They envisioned a new type of university – one where the teaching of management led the way. While the frontiers of space were revealing their mysteries, Stauffer and Turner understood all endeavors – technical, manufacturing, marketing, retail, every type of business – needed state-of-the-art, ethics-driven management.
Time has validated the success of what these two young educators called “The Northwood Idea” – incorporating the lessons of the American free-enterprise society into the college classroom.
Dr. David E. Fry took the helm in 1982 and then Dr. Keith A. Pretty in 2006, each continuing the same ideals as Stauffer and Turner, never wavering from the core values. The University grew and matured. Academic curricula expanded; Northwood went from being an Institute to an accredited University, the DeVos Graduate School of Management was created and then expanded; the Adult Degree Program and its program centers expanded to over 20 locations in eight states; international program centers were formed in Malaysia, People’s Republic of China, Sri Lanka, and Switzerland; and significant construction like the campus Student Life Centers added value to the Northwood students’ experience. New endeavors such as Aftermarket Studies, entertainment and sports management and fashion merchandising, along with a campus partnership in Montreux, Switzerland, demonstrate an enriched experience for all our students.
With a clearly articulated mission to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society, Northwood University is expanding its presence in national and international venues. Professors are engaged in economic and policy dialogue; students are emerging as champions in regional and national academic competitions. At all campuses and in all divisions, Northwood University is energized and is actively pursuing dynamic programming and increased influence.
Northwood University educates managers and entrepreneurs – highly skilled and ethical leaders. With more than 57,000 alumni and a vibrant future ahead, The Northwood Idea is alive and well.


Northwood’s regional education centers make it convenient to complete your degree program. Please note that not all programs are offered at all locations.


  1. Alpena
  2. Bay City
  3. Flint
  4. Gaylord
  5. Grand Rapids
  6. Lansing
  7. Livonia
  8. Macomb
  9. Midland
  10. Saginaw
  11. Selfridge (Military)
  12. Troy


  1. Ford KY Truck Plant (KTP) (Corporate Program)
  2. Ford Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP) (Corporate Program)
  3. Louisville
  4. Toyota Georgetown Plant (Corporate Program)


  1. Toyota Plant (Corporate Program)


  1. Cedar Hill
  2. Fort Worth (Military)


  1. Cerritos

Distance Education

  1. Online