• 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 1,058 students (27% 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 18% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 29%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,058 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,126
  • Out-state tuition: $5,326
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 18%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

West Shore Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Michigan for:

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School Overview

The teacher population of 101 teachers has grown by 87% over five years.
West Shore Community 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
101 staff
224 staff
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Student Body

The student population of West Shore Community College has declined by 5% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has decreased from 11:1 over five years.
The West Shore Community College diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,058 students
2,703 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
13:1
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# Full-Time Students
289 students
1,079 students
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# Part-Time Students
769 students
1,704 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
679 students
298 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
289 students
1,079 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
4 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
769 students
1,615 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
4 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
178 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
n/a
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
7%
5%
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% Black
2%
12%
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% White
82%
71%
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% Two or more races
4%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
% Unknown races
2%
6%
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Diversity Score
0.32
0.47
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
0.79%
3.11%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
3.79%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$28,200
$30,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,126 is less than the state average of $4,928. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,326 is less than the state average of $6,848. The out-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,126
$4,928
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,326
$6,848
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
94%
87%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$7,825
$11,704
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,727
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
99%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does West Shore Community College cost?

West Shore Community College's tuition is approximately $4,126 for In-State students and $5,326 for Out-State students.

What is West Shore Community College's ranking?

West Shore Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Michigan for: Least expensive tuition and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,058 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,126
  • Out-state tuition: $5,326
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 18%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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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.

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