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Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Superior, within the Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As Michigan’s first fully accredited, tribally controlled college,BMCC meets the educational needs of a wide variety of students, from its remote, rural Main Campus, West Campus, off-campus sites, and online courses. Control is vested in a Board of Regents, which elects the officers of the Board and establishes overall institutional policy. BMCC is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC).

BMCC is one of three tribally controlled colleges in the State of Michigan, and the only community college in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula; it is committed to providing affordable, culturally relevant, accessible, and high quality educational opportunities to all tribal communities in Michigan and their neighbors. BMCC is also committed to providing leadership in the areas of economic and community development for the Bay Mills Indian Community and the Eastern Upper Peninsula (EUP). As a 1994 Land Grant institution, BMCC works closely with land grant partners, such as Michigan State University to provide service and expertise to the Bay Mills Indian Community and the surrounding region. The only other institution of higher education in the EUP is Lake Superior State University (LSSU), which is located 25 miles east in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.


Mission and Objectives

As a tribally controlled community college and land grant institution, the mission of Bay Mills Community College is to provide quality educational opportunities, promote research and facilitate individual development in an accessible, community-based, and culturally diverse environment that supports and maintains the Anishinaabek culture and language.

In carrying out our mission, the BMCC Board of Regents stresses a positive, student-centered atmosphere, which promotes preservation of the customs and beliefs of Native Americans. The curriculum is designed to integrate traditional Native American values with higher education as a way of preparing students to assume responsible roles in their respective communities.

The objectives of the college are:

  • to provide the Native American communities of Michigan with educated and trained human resources

  • to provide educational opportunities, including academic, research, vocational, basic skill building, cultural and in-service programs leading to appropriate certificates, degrees, and diplomas

  • to foster a spirit of pride in Native American language, culture and history through participation course work and cultural activities

  • to provide a qualified, dedicated, student-centered staff and faculty

  • to help students attain the necessary skills and self-esteem which will facilitate personal and career fulfillment

  • to prepare and encourage all students to pursue advanced degrees

  • to provide continuing and community education


Bay Mills Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission:  A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  In 2008, Bay Mills Community College’s accreditation was reviewed and this resulted in a recommendation for an additional 10 years.  For more information regarding accreditation, contact the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504 or view their website at

Directions to BMCC

Driving from lower Michigan: Travel north on Interstate 75 Cross the Mackinac Bridge at St. Ignace. Travel north towards Sault Ste Marie, Michigan On Interstate 75, about 8 miles south of Sault Ste. Marie, there is an exit marked "Newberry". Turn left (west) on Highway M-28 Go west 6 miles to HWY 221, turn right at the blinking light and travel 2.5 miles through Brimley to the intersection of Highway 221 and Lakeshore Drive Turn west (left) on Lakeshore Drive and travel 4 miles (passing two casinos) to the college at 12214 .

Driving from Wisconsin: From Green Bay, start by driving Northwest on US-141 Take the US-41 NORTH ramp towards Marinette, WI/Menominee, MI From Menominee, take HWY 35 to Escanaba (54 mi.) Stay straight to go onto US-41 N and HWY 2 Stay on HWY 2, through Manistique (54 mi.) Manistique to MI-117 (40 mi.) Turn north (left) onto MI-117 (14.5 mi.) Turn east (right) onto M28 Go east 50 miles on M28 to Highway 221, turn north (left) at the blinking light and travel 2.5 miles through Brimley to the intersection of Highway 221 and Lakeshore Drive Turn west (left) on Lakeshore Drive and travel 4 miles past the two casinos to the college at 12214. 

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