Jul 19, 2024  
Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Life

Student Identification

North Central will issue to each student a unique student number, login identification and password. The password may be changed. The student will use the login and password to enter North Central’s Student and Community Portal to register for classes, access grades, Blackboard, MyMail, the Library, wireless Internet and other services. Student passwords will not be on file at North Central. It is important that each student remember and keep his or her login and password in a safe place. This information should not be shared with anyone other than College employees and other responsible parties. Students will be held responsible for any activity generated through the use of their login identification.


The North Central Michigan College Athletic department provides positive opportunities for student-athletes to advance their academic, athletic and personal achievements through intercollegiate sports.  NCMC Timberwolves are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) and the NJCAA-E. We offer 6 varsity sports: Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Esports and Women’s Volleyball. Student-athletes must be registered as full-time, degree seeking students and maintain academic eligibility. For more information on eligibility, scholarships, and playing opportunities students should visit the athletic department website (www.ncmctimberwolves.com).

Campus Housing and Student Activities

The residence hall can house more than 100 students and is co-educational by suite. Each room has two beds, desks, chairs, closet space, cable TV and computer hookups. Private rooms are available for an additional fee and are dependent on availability. Residence hall living is designed to provide experiences in a community with conditions conducive to academic achievement. A hall council, in cooperation with the hall administration, assumes responsibility for academic, social, cultural and recreational programs for residents.

Housing Application/Contracts

Residence hall applications and contracts are available on the North Central website through the Student and Community Portal. Students living in the residence hall are required to be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours, purchase a meal plan and maintain a 2.0 G.P.A.  Background checks are required for students choosing to live in the residence hall.

Phi Theta Kappa

North Central Michigan College recognizes the success of its outstanding students by participating in Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges. The Alpha Omicron Upsilon chapter is open to students who have completed at least 12 semester credit hours of coursework at North Central and who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above.

Student Activities

The College encourages student activities to supplement the instructional program. Recreational, social and cultural activities add to students’ enjoyment of college life and encourage personal growth and social development. Activities include the Lecture Series, intramural sports, free movie nights, Winterpalooza and Summer Send-Off.

Student Activities Fund

Funding for student activities is derived primarily from the Student Activity Fee and is administered by the Vice President of Student Affairs, assisted by the Director of Campus Housing. The Student Senate represents student interests and assists in the implementation of the programs.

Student Clubs and Organizations

A number of special interest clubs and organizations offer opportunities for students to broaden the scope of their educational experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in the activities sponsored by the clubs and organizations or contact any member of the Student Senate or faculty members with suggestions for forming new organizations. Membership in all organizations is open to any registered student. New student organizations are always welcome. No student club or organization may be established, conduct business, solicit funds, use College facilities or sponsor activities unless the organization has been approved by the Student Senate and has been authorized by the Director of Campus Housing. Students who wish to form a student organization should contact the Director of Campus Housing.

Student Senate

Student Senate is the student government organization at North Central. Senate members also assist in planning a variety of student activities held throughout the year. The officers and senators of the Student Senate are elected each year. Senate meet­ings are held regularly during the year and are open to all who are interested. For more information, contact the Director of Campus Housing.

North Central and the Community

Corporate and Community Education (CCE) is a division of NCMC created to respond to the needs of area businesses and community members. On the corporate side, CCE offers noncredit job skills training tailored to meet individual needs. CCE provides:

  • Skills to match high-demand fields
  • Training on current technology and equipment
  • Hands-on, experience-based learning
  • Convenient schedule and location
  • Classrooms brought to the business
  • Funding assistance. CCE helps secure state and federal funds to offset training costs for qualified businesses.
  • Portable computer lab for onsite training
  • Certificate of Completion and CEUs recognized by industry

Examples of programs offered by CCE:

  • Lean Office
  • Fast Track Healthcare Programs
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Computers in Business
  • Management Skills (Communications, Team Building, Leadership)
  • Manufacturing Technology (Lean Manufacturing, PLC, Blueprint Reading, CAD)
  • Quality Control
  • Workplace Safety
  • CNC Training
  • Lean Farming

On the community side, CCE offers the Lifelong Learning Club. These noncredit classes are offered to community members that have an interest in continuing to learn throughout their lifetime. Topics include: finance, health, food, history, and much more. A list of classes can be found at www.ncmclifelonglearning.com/events.

Natural Area

The Natural Area is 195 acres of relatively wild land adjoining and south of the developed campus in Pe­toskey. The Natural Area can be accessed from the southeast corner of the parking lot near the Student and Community Resource Center (Lot #6 on campus maps). The Natural Area is bordered by the Bear River to the south (except for about 7.2 acres south of the river), farmland to the east and woodland to the west. The landscape itself gives a record of the environmental changes since the last Ice Age: mainly glacial de­posits associated with retreating glaciers and remnants of floodplains abandoned by the Bear River as the water levels in Lake Michigan have dropped. A dozen different biotic communities, both upland and wetland, can be found within the boundaries of the Natural Area, making it an excellent place for environmental studies, photography and wildlife observation. North Central Michigan College has dedicated this land as a natural area to be utilized by the following:

  1. Area students-so that they are able to learn more about the natural history of northern Michigan ecosystems and organisms
  2. Wildlife-so that wild creatures are able to seek a natural place in an increasingly unnatural world
  3. The community-so that visitors are able to enjoy the beauty and solitude of its forest, fields, streams and wetlands.

More information can be found at the entrance to the Natural Area as well as the College website, including trail maps, interpretive materials, permitted activities, scheduled programs and community activities.

NCMC Foundation

Donations play a key role in the growth of the College. They provide an opportunity for individuals and businesses to help the College expand its services and be responsive to changing needs. The NCMC Foundation was established in 1990 to enhance opportunities for giving. Gifts may differ in size, purpose and designation, but they all have one thing in common: They make a positive difference in the lives of local learners and the college’s ability to deliver on its mission of providing exceptional, accessible and relevant education. For additional information, call the Foundation office at (231) 348-6621.


Since 1960, North Central has granted more than 11,500 degrees in a wide variety of academic disciplines. Students ranging in age from 17 to 80 have graduated from North Central. They are a diverse group of people who have their experience at North Central as a common denominator. The Alumni Coordinator is always interested in hearing from and maintaining connections with graduates. For additional information call (231) 39-6220.

Our History

North Central Michigan College was established in 1958. The first graduating class in 1960 was made up of six women: three from Petoskey, two from Charlevoix and one from Vanderbilt. Development of the current campus began in 1962 when the College bought 10 acres of land and later 120 adjacent acres on Howard Street.

By 1963, the first buildings were completed and some classes were held on the new campus at 1515 Howard Street.

Over the next few years, more land was purchased for additional facilities. The Library/Conference Center was added in 1984 and recently renovated.

The 71,000 square foot Student and Community Resource Center (SCRC) was completed in 2001. The SCRC has physical education and recreation facilities, the College Store and Learning Support Services (LSS). The Testing and Tutoring Center offers a tutoring center, assessment and testing facilities and study areas. In 2022, the facility was updated to accommodate the launch of collegiate athletics.

The Jack and Dorothy Harris Health Education and Science Center opened in 2013. The center greatly expanded North Central’s ability to offer instruction in the sciences and health careers.

The newest addition to campus was the renovation and expansion of the main classroom building, renamed the Borra Learning Center, and completed in 2021.

College Funding

North Central Michigan College is supported financially through millage revenues from Emmet County, tuition and fees paid by students, and funds from the State of Michigan. Philanthropy provides critical funding for scholarships and student success resources as well as other important enhancements across campus.