Lake Michigan College

2755 East Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022-1899
Tel: (269)927-8100
  • 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 less than the state average of 31%.
  • 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 LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty133 staff100 staff
Lake Michigan College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

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 50:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.48 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has grown by 9% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,219 students3,505 students
Lake Michigan College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio32:135:1
Lake Michigan College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,294 students1,591 students
Lake Michigan College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,925 students1,914 students
Lake Michigan College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Lake Michigan College Enrollment Breakdown MI All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
188288
Lake Michigan College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Lake Michigan College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
2%
2%
Lake Michigan College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
6%
3%
Lake Michigan College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
14%
14%
Lake Michigan College Black (2007-2016)
% White
70%
69%
Lake Michigan College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
2%
2%
Lake Michigan College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
5%
8%
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.0.480.50
Lake Michigan College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
18%
14%
Lake Michigan College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2014)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$27,300$31,100
Lake Michigan College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,472 is more than the state average of $5,223. The in-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,861 is less than the state average of $7,110. The out-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,472$5,223
Lake Michigan College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,861$7,110
Lake Michigan College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%89%
Lake Michigan College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$13,600
Lake Michigan College Median debt for students who have completed (2009-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$6,000
Lake Michigan College Median debt for students who have not completed (2009-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $5,223 per year for in-state students and $7,110 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,115 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 71%. 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 0.50, 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.