West Shore Community College

Tel: (231)845-6211
1,480 students
Public institution
West Shore Community College, through visionary and principled leadership and team empowerment, pursues excellence by delivering high-quality, affordable educational services with student learning as its highest.
School Highlights:
West Shore Community College serves 1,480 students (34.53% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 28:1 is lower than the community college average of 35:1.
Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 34%.
West Shore Community College is the only community colleges within Mason County, MI.
The nearest community college is Muskegon Community College (45.70 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 52 teachers has declined by 7% over five years.
College West Shore Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 52 staff
61 staff
West Shore Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 1,480 teachers has grown by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 28:1 has increased from 25:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.19 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 46% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,480 students 1,296 students
West Shore Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 28:1
West Shore Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 511 students
810 students
West Shore Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 969 students
1,036 students
West Shore Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
West Shore Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
West Shore Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Hispanic
West Shore Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
West Shore Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
West Shore Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
West Shore Community College More (2011-2013)
% Unknown races
West Shore Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
West Shore Community College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average 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. 0.19 0.53
West Shore Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,978 is less than the state average of $5,650. The in-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,178 is less than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,978 $5,694
West Shore Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,178 $10,252
West Shore Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 81%
West Shore Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • West Shore Community College was established by a vote of the people in the college's district on March 6, 1967. West Shore Community College offers a comprehensive general education curricula designed to meet the needs of students desiring to transfer to senior institutions and many occupational programs are available for students desiring to pursue immediate employment. West Shore Community College is located near Ludington, Manistee, and Scottville at the intersection of North Stiles and Sugar Grove Roads in Mason County. The 360 acre campus is approximately four miles north of US 10 and four miles west of US 31. Each semester evening classes are offered at high school buildings in locations such as Bear Lake, Hart, Ludington, Manistee, Onekama, and Pentwater. At West Shore you'll get more than a degree. You'll have access to top notch learning resources, including state-of-the art computer labs, library and media resources. Even with all these great resources our greatest resource is our faculty. At West Shore Community College, student learning is our highest priority. At West Shore we encourage our students to become active members of our learning community - to enter into a partnership in which students are asked to work hard at making learning their number one priority. We have an outstanding faculty, every member of which is ready to make each student's time on the campus one of special inspiration. These outstanding teachers, and all the other members of the WSCC team, are vitally interested in our students' success. West Shore is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. West Shore earns its accreditation by participating in the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP). This new accreditation model is one that uses quality principles based on the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Criteria to judge its accreditation status.

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Did You Know?
For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,508 per year for in-state students and $5,995 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,883 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 84%. 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 0.53, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Michigan is . Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.