North Central Michigan College


Established in 1958, North Central Michigan College (NCMC) is the state of Michigan’s twelfth community college. It is located Petoskey, Michigan. The college offers its students excellent educational opportunities while remaining close to home and family. Students enjoy a small-town setting and unparalleled natural beauty while they take the next step on their individual paths to success. The college aims to provide learning, economic, and cultural opportunities for student education, personal growth, and community development.


Information Summary

Ranks 55th in Michigan and 2456th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 57.3
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $12,727
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 20 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 57% / 38%
Enrollment Total (all students) 2,329


North Central Michigan College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is recognized by the Department of Education of the State of Michigan. NCMC is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Michigan Community College Association, and the Association of Community College Trustees.

North Central offers a variety of general education degrees such as Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of General Studies, and an Associate of Applied Science. Students can choose from diverse areas of study including mathematics, humanities, communication, social science, and natural science. North Central Michigan College helps many students transfer to a four-year college or university upon the completion of their NCMC coursework. The career programs at NCMC help students prepare for specific fields, make advances in their present jobs, or make a complete career transition. The career programs include associate of applied science degrees, certificates, and certificates of development.

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Students seeking admission to North Central must send their completed application form along with official transcripts and ACT scores. As an alternative to taking the ACT, students can also take the COMPASS test. Getting a transfer to NCMC is fairly easy. Applicants must send the all of their official transcripts from previously attended institutes. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission. They must apply no later than 10 weeks prior to the commencement of the semester. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to prove their proficiency in the language.

Financial Aid

North Central offers a variety of financial aid programs to help qualifying students meet their educational expenses. The institute offers financial assistance through various mediums including grants, scholarships, work-study programs, loans, and other resources. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Grants and scholarships are a type of gift aid that does not need to be repaid. Some of the federal and state grants are Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and the Michigan and Tuition Incentive Program. Scholarships at NCMC include the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, North Central Michigan College Presidential Scholarship, T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship, and North Central Michigan College Foundation Scholarship.

North Central also offers federal work-study and student employment programs to help students meet their educational expenses. The qualified students get paid for the hours they work. The College helps them find suitable jobs in their field of interest. Apart from helping them earn money, the programs also allow the students to gain work experience that they can add to their resume. Students can also opt for loans, which must be repaid with interest. Some of the loans offered to eligible North Central students are federal direct Stafford Loans and federal Direct PLUS loans.

North Central accepts VA educational benefits for veterans and their family members. The students are required to make satisfactory academic progress in order to continue receiving the benefits. Some of the other sources of financial aid available to eligible NCMC students are Women’s Resource Center Funds, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver, Michigan Works, and Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.

Student Financial Aid Details

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North Central Michigan College presents a vibrant and active student life which promotes an overall development and growth of its students. The campus perfectly blends academics and extra-curricular activities to provide an all-inclusive experience. Students are encouraged to participate in the diverse campus activities and events which include movie nights, Winterpalooza, Summer Send-off, a lecture series, and much more. The campus also hosts a variety of special interest clubs and organizations that offer opportunities for students to widen the range of their educational experiences.

Student Clubs and Organizations:

Student Senate is the student government association at the college. The members help with planning a range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities that are held annually. The senate meetings are held repeatedly throughout the year and are open to all who are interested. Some of the other on-campus clubs and organizations are Student Senate, More Faith Campus Ministries, Alternative Energy Club, Native American Student Organization, Celtic Music Society, Phi Theta Kappa, IT Club, Residence Hall Council, The Informer, Role Playing Guild, Local Music Awareness, and Student Veterans Association.

Student Services:

NCMC’s advisors and counselors can assist students in creating an educational plan that merges values, abilities, interests, and lifestyle for a successful future. The counselors also assist students in the transfer process, both at the time of transferring to North Central from another college or university or when seeking to transfer North Central credits to another school.

North Central also has expert career counselors to help students make the right career decisions. The counselors work with students to help guide them through the career decision-making process. A variety of career tests are also available to help students understand “the real world” and realize where they fit into it.

Media and Publications:

The Informer is a college publication “by students, for students” that strives to enlighten and entertain its readers

Campus Facilities:

The library at NCMC is accessible 24/7 using the student portal ID. The library houses a variety of print materials, books, references, journals, magazines, and also many online sources. There is always a librarian available to assist students with finding required materials. The learning support services includes a study center and free computer lab for NCMC students. It offers disability services, tutoring services, test proctoring, and assessment testing.

There is also a campus cafeteria that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Additional School Information

The Student & Community Resource Center is a multi-purpose center at North Central that offers a variety of facilities. It features three regulation-size basketball courts, a 1/9 mile walk/jog track, and two class fitness rooms. The track is made available to everyone at no extra charge and the well-designed courts are available to the NCMC community for volleyball, basketball, ping pong, badminton and family fun.


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