2755 East Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Top Ranked (2023): View Rankings
  • 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 2,499 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is lower than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 29%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 2,499 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,472
  • Out-state tuition: $6,861
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 28%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Lake Michigan College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Michigan for:

Category
Attribute
Completion Rates

School Overview

The teacher population of 256 teachers has grown by 92% over five years.
Lake Michigan College
(MI) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
256 staff
224 staff
This chart display total faculty of Lake Michigan College and community college average number of faculty in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Lake Michigan College has declined by 28% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has decreased from 12:1 over five years.
The Lake Michigan College diversity score of 0.46 is less than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,499 students
2,703 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Lake Michigan College and community college average number of enrollment of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
13:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Lake Michigan College and community college average student staff ratio of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
795 students
1,079 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time students enrollment of Lake Michigan College and average number of community college Full-time students enrollment of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Part-Time Students
1,704 students
1,704 students
This chart display the total number of Part-time students enrollment of Lake Michigan College and average number of community college Part-time students enrollment of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Lake Michigan College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of MI.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
159 students
298 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
795 students
1,079 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time undergraduate students enrollment of Lake Michigan College and average number of community college Full-time undergraduate  students enrollment of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
4 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,704 students
1,615 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
4 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
188 students
178 students
This chart display the dormitory capacity of Lake Michigan College and the community college average dormitory capacity of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
This chart display the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan students in Lake Michigan College and the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
% Asian
2%
2%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Lake Michigan College and the percentage of Asian community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Hispanic
9%
5%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Lake Michigan College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Black
12%
12%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Lake Michigan College and the percentage of Black community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% White
72%
71%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Lake Michigan College and the percentage of White community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Two or more races
4%
3%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Lake Michigan College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
2%
6%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Lake Michigan College.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in MI.
Diversity Score
0.46
0.47
This chart display the diversity score of Lake Michigan College and the community college average diversity score of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
18%
13%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Lake Michigan College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of MI by year, with the latest 2013-14 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
2.61%
3.79%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$27,300
$30,700
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Lake Michigan College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of MI by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,472 is more than the state average of $4,928. The in-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,861 is more than the state average of $6,848. The out-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,472
$4,928
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Lake Michigan College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,861
$6,848
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Lake Michigan College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
83%
87%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Lake Michigan College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$10,638
$11,704
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Lake Michigan College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,435
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Lake Michigan College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
99%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Lake Michigan College cost?

Lake Michigan College's tuition is approximately $5,472 for In-State students and $6,861 for Out-State students.

What is Lake Michigan College's ranking?

Lake Michigan College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Michigan for: Diversity in US community colleges and Highest completion rates.

Recent Articles

How Community Colleges Are Changing Remedial Education
How Community Colleges Are Changing Remedial Education
Remedial education exists to help struggling students succeed in college-level classes. Unfortunately, the existing model may be doing more harm than good. Keep reading to learn more about the history of remedial education and what community colleges are doing to change it.
Does Money Motivate College Completion? New Task Force Says Yes
Does Money Motivate College Completion? New Task Force Says Yes
We look at the recommendations for improving completion rates in a new report issued by the Complete College Ohio Task Force, which includes financial incentives.
Remedial Education Leaves Many Colleges in a Quandary
Remedial Education Leaves Many Colleges in a Quandary
Although many students need some remedial education before beginning college coursework, statistics show dismal completion rates for those who begin in remedial classes. We take a closer look at the problem, as well as some of the ways colleges are tackling it.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 2,499 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,472
  • Out-state tuition: $6,861
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 28%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Related School Videos

Did You Know?

For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,928 per year for in-state students and $6,848 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,103 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 87%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity score of 0.47, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Schoolcraft College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

Quick Links