Lake Michigan College

2755 East Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022-1899
Tel: (269)927-8100
4,219 students
Public institution
  • The philosophy of Lake Michigan College, an institution of higher education, is founded on the belief that education is for all who wish to develop their potential. It is fundamental that a community college assist in meeting the educational, career, cultural, wellness and recreational needs of the community it serves.
School Highlights
Lake Michigan College serves 4,219 students (31% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
Minority enrollment is 30% of the student body (majority Black), which is equal to the state average of 30%.
Lake Michigan College is the only community colleges within Berrien County, MI.
The nearest community college is Southwestern Michigan College (18.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 133 teachers has grown by 38% over five years.
Lake Michigan College (MI) Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years Four or more years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 133 staff 94 staff
Lake Michigan College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 4,219 has declined by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has decreased from 46:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.48 is equal to the state average of 0.48. The school's diversity has grown by 9% over five years.
Total Enrollment 4,219 students 3,372 students
Lake Michigan College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 32:1 35:1
Lake Michigan College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 1,294 students 1,530 students
Lake Michigan College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 2,925 students 1,825 students
Lake Michigan College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Lake Michigan College Enrollment Breakdown MI All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
188 288
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Lake Michigan College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2014)
% Asian
2%
2%
Lake Michigan College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
6%
3%
Lake Michigan College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
14%
14%
Lake Michigan College Black (2006-2014)
% White
70%
70%
Lake Michigan College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
2%
2%
Lake Michigan College More (2010-2014)
% Unknown races
5%
7%
Lake Michigan College Ethnicity Breakdown MI All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.48 0.48
Lake Michigan College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $5,010 is more than the state average of $4,352. The in-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,240 is more than the state average of $5,856. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,010 $4,352
Lake Michigan College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,240 $5,856
Lake Michigan College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 84% 89%
Lake Michigan College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Lake Michigan College (LMC), founded in 1946, is a two-year comprehensive community college located in the southwest corner of Michigan. Serving 177,000 residents of Berrien County, Covert Township in Van Buren County, and the South Haven School District, LMC is the region's leader in higher education and serves as a cultural center, regional economic partner, and a leader in diversity and innovation. As a multi-campus college, LMC puts student access to programs and services at the forefront with classes offered at four campus locations, at extension centers throughout the service area, online, and through telecourses. In addition to associate degree and certificate programs, LMC offers customized business training and continuing education through its Community and Business Services division. The Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue Campus sets on a 262-acre site that features a lake, natural area, athletic fields, nature and jogging trails, and lighted parking areas. The academic building houses classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, laboratories, lecture halls, library, gymnasium, Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center, a childcare center and computer labs. The Mendel Center for Arts and Technology is also located on the campus. It serves as a performing arts center with the 1,500-seat Mainstage Theatre and the 246-seat Hanson Theatre. The center is also home to conference and meeting facilities including the 14,400-square-foot Grand Upton Hall, the Louis and Fedrick Upton Telecommunications Center and the Advanced Technologies Training Center. Also located on the Napier Avenue Campus are Siena Heights University and Western Michigan University-Southwest. Each institution offers bachelor's and master's degrees in a variety of disciplines. The College has strong working relationships with other educational institutions including Siena Heights University and Western Michigan University-Southwest. Through these partnerships, area residents have access to bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs on the LMC campuses. LMC also works closely with the K-12 public, private, and charter schools to provide dual enrollment/direct credit programs, technical preparation programs, and career exploration events.

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Did You Know?
For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,352 per year for in-state students and $5,856 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $7,740 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 76%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.48, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Henry Ford Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.