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Campus Facilities

The Mackinac College Catalogue 1966-67 described the Mackinac College facilities as follows:

Aerial of Mackinac College Campus

Mackinac College stands on a 32-acre site at the southeast corner of the Island. Its campus commands a view of Lake Huron, the harbor, and the Mackinac Bridge, "Mighty Mac," the steel and concrete link between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. Iron ore carriers from Lake Superior and oceangoing freighters from the St. Lawrence Seaway pass through the Straits of Mackinac in front of the college.

Most of Mackinac is preserved as a State Park. No automobiles are allowed on the Island. Transportation is by bicycle or horse and carriage. In winter sleighs and skis skim over the snow-covered roads and trails. The absence of cars not only solves parking problems, reduces students' expenses, and avoids accidents, but also encourages physical fitness and the enjoyment of the outdoors.

For decades the Island has been renowned as one of Michigan's most historic spots, a convention and resort center, and the site of the Governor's summer residence. (More information on the location...) Now the College will enjoy its charm and beauty during the academic year. Island life can be conducive both to intellectual concentration and to creative non-curricular activities.

Present Facilities Include:

Men’s Residence  (400 beds – 225 rooms)
Women’s Residence (250 beds – 150 rooms)
Dining Halls (for 1,000)
Great Hall  (seats 800)
Student Union
Theatre (seats 575)
Motion Picture Studio and Fine Arts
Health Center (18 beds)
Faculty Housing
Historic Mission House

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Great Hall, Dining and Women's Residence Hall

Great Hall


Silhouetted against the blue lake and the green forest is the new Peter Howard Memorial Library. This striking three-story structure, with its overhanging roof canopy and elongated dormer windows, already houses 20,000 of its ultimate collection of 100,000 volumes. During the College's first year it also provides space for classrooms and laboratories for the Charter Class. Through its large windows students have a spectacular view of Lake Huron and nearby Bois Blanc and Round Islands.

It is appropriate that the first structure built specifically for Mackinac College should be named for the late Peter Howard, author, playwright, journalist, and world leader of Moral Re-Armament, who first envisioned a liberal arts college on Mackinac Island dedicated to the furtherance of high academic quality and high human purpose.

Peter Howard had the vision of a college on Mackinac which would train brain, body and spirit and set a new pattern in higher education for the twenty-first century.  Speaking at a leading American college a few months before his death, he said, “My interest is revolution.  It is a revolution involving not just the West but the world, and everybody in it.  It will not be accomplished by moral platitudes which are scattered so lavishly at election time in my country and which seem to be unable to awaken good men from selfish complacency or to send bad men to sleep.  It will not be accomplished by atomic force which, if it spreads and is unleashed, must destroy civilization as we know it on this planet.  It will be accomplished neither by hot air nor cold steel, but by an explosion, a thunderstorm of the human heart, created by men and women who realize that the modernization of man is the great task of our times, that we can no longer live safe and free when we allow prehistoric emotions of hate, fear and greed to divide us, and that the alchemy of science, political or otherwise, cannot create golden conduct out of leaden instinct.  In other words, the world will be modernized and rebuilt by those willing to match this revolutionary age by a revolution in their own aims and motives, a revolutionary involvement in society larger than personal or national wealth, power and comfort, a revolutionary commitment to change the direction of history.”

Fine Arts


The College is fortunate in possessing a Fine Arts center of unusual diversity. The building contains set design and construction shops, costume, sewing, and prop rooms, make-up and dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms, music and arts studios, and a small theater for presenting stage productions and motion pictures.

In addition there are two sound stages equipped with fine lighting and sound recording facilities suitable for film production. A 1,250 seat theater-auditorium with music rooms is in the planning stage to complete the Fine Arts complex.

The new classroom-laboratory building containing 75,000 square feet of floor space, will house 30 classrooms and laboratories, as well as faculty offices. It includes a 300-seat lecture-recital hall and a 150-seat natural science demonstration room. Names for its donors, Mr. and Mrs. W. Van Alan Clark of New York, the Arts and Sciences Center will provide academic facilities for a student body of 1,000.

An unusual feature of this attractive building, which nestles into the hillside, is a roof-top plaza and carriage drive.

Men's Residence Hall
Men's Residence Hall

One residence building for 400 men and another for 200 women currently house the Charter Class in finely furnished and tastefully decorated quarters. Students have ample space with two to a room; there is a bathroom for every one or two rooms.

Bed linens, blankets and towels are furnished. The highest standards of personal care and service are maintained throughout the buildings.

Students enjoy their meals in a family atmosphere in the College dining halls, with faculty members, if they choose. Conversation is informal and informative.

Dining Hall

Also in the residential area are student lounges and a large assembly-reception hall. All main campus buildings are centrally heated.

A phased program covering the next four years calls for construction of an athletic center-gymnasium-swimming pool, a new 1,250 -seat theater-auditorium, expanded faculty housing, extensions of the student residences, an administration building, and a student activities center.

Architectural Plan - Mackinac College
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Proposed Facilities - Mackinac College
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Proposed 1250 seat Auditorium-Theater

Proposed Athletic Center



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