West Shore Community College

  • 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 1,330 students (34% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 10% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 31%.
  • West Shore Community College is the only community colleges within Mason County, MI.
  • The nearest community college to West Shore Community College is Muskegon Community College (45.7 miles away).

Top Placements

West Shore Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Michigan for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 54 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
West Shore Community College(MI) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty54 staff100 staff
West Shore Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of West Shore Community College has declined by 9% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The West Shore Community College diversity score of 0.19 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment1,330 students3,505 students
West Shore Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio25:135:1
West Shore Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students458 students1,591 students
West Shore Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students872 students1,914 students
West Shore Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
West Shore Community College Enrollment Breakdown MI All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
West Shore Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2008-2016)
% Asian
West Shore Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
West Shore Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
West Shore Community College Black (2007-2013)
% White
West Shore Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
West Shore Community College More (2012-2013)
% Unknown races
West Shore Community College Ethnicity Breakdown MI All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.190.50
West Shore Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
West Shore Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,200$30,600
West Shore Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,126 is less than the state average of $5,223. The in-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,326 is less than the state average of $7,110. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,126$5,223
West Shore Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,326$7,110
West Shore Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid86%89%
West Shore Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,541$12,011
West Shore Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
West Shore Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $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 score of 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Henry Ford Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.