Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC), located eight miles from the Canadian border in north central North Dakota, is committed to functioning as an autonomous Indian controlled college on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation focusing on general studies, undergraduate education, career and technical education, scholarly research, and continuous improvement of student learning.
Turtle Mountain Community College maintains obligations of direct community service to the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe. Under this unifying principle, the college seeks to maintain, seek out, and provide comprehensive higher education services in fields needed for true Indian self-determination. The philosophical foundation of the college exists in the system of values expressed in the Seven Teachings of the Tribe: wisdom, peace, respect, bravery honesty, humility, and truth. By creating an academic environment in which the cultural and social heritage of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is brought to bear throughout the curriculum, the college establishes an administration, faculty, staff and student body exerting leadership in the community and providing service to it.
In addition to a wide array of associate degrees and certificate of completion programs, TMCC offers four year degrees in Elementary Education and Secondary Science Teacher Education and facilitates TMCC graduates’ transition into the University of North Dakota four-year baccalaureate programs. The College offers tuition and fee rates that are among the lowest in North Dakota.
Turtle Mountain Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1994, Congress granted Tribal Colleges Land Grant status.