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Kirtland Community College Facts

Establishment of Kirtland Community College

On March 7, 1966, in accordance with provisions of Public Act 188 of the Michigan Public Acts of 1955, Kirtland Community College was created by a vote of the electorate from six local K-12 school districts:

  • Crawford-AuSable
  • Fairview Area
  • Gerrish-Higgins
  • Houghton Lake
  • Mio-AuSable
  • West Branch-Rose City

Kirtland is the largest Michigan community college district, totaling 2,500 square miles and consisting of all or part of nine counties. Approximately 65,000 people reside within the Kirtland district.


Kirtland Community College, located close to the geographic center of the college’s district, is accessible by F-97 from the north and south and by M-18 to County Road 603 from the west.

The location is very rural and is approximately 170 miles north of Detroit, Michigan.

Kirtland is surrounded by the following communities (approximate distances from the college are listed):

  • Grayling 30 miles
  • Fairview 40 miles
  • Frederic 35 miles
  • Houghton Lake 30 miles
  • Mio 30 miles
  • Roscommon 11 miles
  • Rose City 35 miles
  • St. Helen 8 miles
  • West Branch 25 miles

College Academic Calendar, Schedule of Classes and College Catalog & Student Handbook

Kirtland operates on a semester calendar. There are two 15-week semesters, starting in late August and mid-January. A shorter session is offered during the summer and begins in June. View the academic calendar.

The schedule of classes is published on the Kirtland Community College web site and in print several weeks prior to early registration for each semester. Check out our latest class schedule and see our early and normal registration dates.

Our College Catalog is published each spring and posted to the Kirtland Community College web site. For your convenience, you may read the catalog online or download it in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) for reading at your leisure off-line.


Higher Learning Commission Mark of AffiliationKirtland Community College is accredited by the Michigan Commission on College Accreditation and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602; 800-621-7440. The college also holds membership in the Michigan Community College Association and the American Association of Community Colleges.

The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools granted Kirtland Community College status as a candidate for accreditation in 1972, and the college has been accredited as an associate degree-granting institution since 1975.

Degrees and Certificates

Kirtland offers 46 degrees and certificates including the following transfer programs:

Transfer programs are designed for students planning to complete up to half of a bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment at a university.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The mission of the athletic program is to provide men and women with the opportunity to learn and grow as a result of participating in a high-quality intercollegiate program. The program also attempts to improve student life and, in turn, improve the recruitment and retention of students. The athletic program also seeks to increase community involvement with Kirtland by providing sports entertainment at a level that previously has not been offered in the Kirtland region.

Kirtland competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Eastern Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. The Kirtland Firebirds compete in men’s and women’s golf, bowling and cross-country running. For more information, call the dean of student services at (989) 275-5000, ext. 248, or the athletic director’s office.