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Student Demographics


In Fall 2015, a little less than half (45%) of our students were Emmet County residents and the great majority (85%) came from our primary service area of Emmet, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Otsego counties. 


In addition, approximately two-thirds of our students were female.


When we consider just new, incoming students for the fall, we can see how those students are generally getting younger and trending more to full-time, although the male/female split of incoming students has remained relatively steady.  These graphs exclude any high school students who may be taking classes at North Central.


The following shows average and median (typical) ages of both incoming and all students for recent fall semesters.  Again, the trend toward younger students is evident. 


Incoming students in Fall 2015 continued the trend of enrolling in liberal arts degree programs (Associate of Arts [AA], Associate of Science [AS] or Associate of General Studies [AGS]), with about two-thirds of new students doing so.  Applied degrees (Associate of Applied Science [AAS]) and certificate [CERT] declarations made up 27% of incoming students while personal interest made up the remainder. 


Students who have stated a desire to eventually transfer to a four-year college or university after their time at North Central generally enroll in liberal arts degree programs. 

Students who are more interested in acquiring “job-ready” skills tend to enroll in applied programs.