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You will find top-quality instruction in an area of unmatched natural beauty.  Whether you seek a degree or certificate, credits that will transfer, or personal enrichment, the people of North Central are ready to help you take the next step on your path to success.

  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Employment: 95 full-time faculty and staff, 195 part-time staff and adjunct faculty employed by NCMC. 
  • NCMC locations in Petoskey, Cheboygan, Gaylord
    Classes held throughout the region
  • Enrollment  (Winter, 2015):  2,633
  • Main Phone #: 231-348-6600 or  888-298-6605
  • Total awards since 19609,968 credentials (degrees) with 9,027 total students who have earned the credentials.
  • Total Financial Aid awarded in 2014-2015:  $7,254,751
  • Percentage of students receiving aid in 2013-2014:  73.2%
  • Total scholarship amount awarded in 2013-2014:  $378,305 including $181,210 from the NCMC Foundation.
  • Annual budget (2014-2015): $15.9 million
  • Revenue: Emmet County Property Taxes (35%), Tuition & Fees (43%), State Appropriations (21%), Other (1%)
  • 24 associate degrees and 42 certificates available
  • Tuition per contact hour: Emmet County residents: $102.75  
    Other Michigan residents: $170  Out of state:  $219
  • University Center partners: CMU, FSU, LSSU, MSU, SAU
  • North Central students have the assurance of transfer agreements between colleges, along with curriculum guides and an important website,, to verify the transferability of courses.
  • North Central students have access to many resources, including Learning Support Services, tutoring, the Writing Center, College Store, Library, gymnasium and fitness center, Student Veterans Resource Center, cafeteria, and student clubs and organizations.
  • North Central’s Corporate and Community Education division offers non-credit job skills training tailored to meet individual needs.
  • North Central’s Lecture Series brings high-profile, national speakers to the Petoskey campus in the fall and winter semesters of each year. The lectures are offered to the public free of charge.
  • North Central’s Luncheon Lectures bring up to six regional and local speakers of interest to the Petoskey campus each semester. Lunch is included.

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1957 – Community leaders form a steering committee to gauge public interest in supporting a community college in Petoskey.

July 1, 1959 – North Central Michigan College (formerly called Emmet Community College) opens its doors at 1130 Howard Street as Michigan’s 12th community college.

1960 – The college’s Board of Control starts development of the new 207-acre campus located within Petoskey’s city limits.

1962 – Accreditation is earned by the Michigan Commission of College Accreditation.

1963 – The first three buildings on the new campus are opened for use.

August, 1967 – A new classroom and administration building is completed.

1968 – The co-ed dormitory opens providing on-campus housing for up to 148 students.  Each room has a cable TV hookup and a drop box for Internet access.

June 1972 – North Central is granted full accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

1973 – North Central opens extension centers in Cheboygan and Gaylord.

October 1984 – The new Library and Conference Center, a 22,000 square-foot, $2+ million facility, opens.  North Central has the largest research library in the area with high-speed Internet access, a wide variety of on-line resources, in-house databases, electronic journals, magazines, newspapers, books and the U.S. government documents repository for the 1st Congressional District of Michigan.

May 1989 – North Central’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, is chartered.

September 1995 – The land on the southeast corner of the campus is dedicated as a “natural area.”

February 2002 – The 71,000-square foot Student and Community Resource Center opens. The SCRC has a multipurpose gymnasium designed for a variety of recreation and physical education activities.  A walking track, 1/9 mile in length is available to the public at no charge.  Locker rooms with showers are open to anyone using the facilities.  Upstairs, an exercise facility equipped with weight training and exercise equipment is available for individuals enrolled in fitness classes.  The SCRC also houses student services, financial aid, registration and the cafeteria.

October 2003 – A University Center partnership is formed by North Central and six four-year institutions: Central Michigan University, Ferris State University, Lake Superior State University, Lawrence Technological University, Michigan State University and Spring Arbor University.

Fall 2006 – Classes are offered at a satellite location in East Jordan at the Lake Street Center.

June 2007 – With a $50,000 start-up grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, North Central joins a national initiative called “Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count” to improve student success.

January 2008 – Enrollment surpassed 2,900.

September 2009 – The Harris Gardens were officially dedicated.  The area is named after local retired businessman Jack Harris who donated sculptures, patios, flower gardens and trees to beautify the college courtyard.  There are currently 26 sculptures on campus in Petoskey.

January 2010 – North Central marked an all-time high in enrollment with 3,208 students.

July 27, 2011 – Ground was broken on the Petoskey campus for a new $10.4 million Health Education and Science Center. 

August 2011 – North Central adopted a tobacco-free policy, prohibiting the use of tobacco and tobacco products on the Petoskey campus.

August 29, 2012 – A building dedication was held for the completion of Phase I of the Jack and Dorothy Harris Health Education and Science Center. This new Center greatly expands North Central’s ability to train students for careers in health care and provide basic education for students planning to continue their studies in the sciences elsewhere.  The Phase I dedication was for the 23,000 square feet of new space for science labs, classrooms and offices.

September 2012 – North Central was named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

September 2012 – North Central opened the Straits Area Education Center, located at 504 Division Street in Cheboygan, offering eight classrooms, a science lab and a computer lab.

January 2013 – The formal ribbon cutting was held for the completion of Phase II of the Jack and Dorothy Harris Health Education and Science Center.  Phase II completed the renovation of 17,000 square feet of existing structures for nursing and allied health programs.

August 2013 - North Central Michigan College was selected as one of eight Achieving the Dream Institutions that have earned Leader College distinction for showing evidence of measurable improvements in student achievements.

March 2014 – North Central Michigan College launched the new Mobile Digital Fabrication Lab – the Fab Lab.  The only one of its kind in Northern Michigan, the Fab Lab provides innovative training for high school and college students and supports workforce development in our region.



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