Lake Michigan College, located in Benton Township, Michigan, was founded in 1946 and was originally known as Benton Harbor Junior College. By 1954 the school was restructured as Benton Harbor Community College and Technical Institute, a name that would last a year. This was due to the school receiving its own community college district and being renamed Lake Michigan College to better reflect its new role in the community. A new campus was constructed in 1965, becoming the main campus of the school. The school maintains several campuses in addition to the main one, located in Benton Harbor, Bertrand Crossing, and South Haven.
Lake Michigan College offers a large number of programs aimed at assisting student pursue their goals, be it academic transfer or technical and career training. Students seeking academic transfer will complete the first two years of a four year education at LMC, followed by transfer to a four year college or university to continue that education and complete the final two year and obtain a bachelor's degree. Career and technical programs provide training and education in a high demand fields and industries as part of the school's effort to promote workforce development and assist individuals in pursuing long term employment in their field of study. Programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a degree or certificate upon completion.
Programs offered include:
In addition, the school offers adult and continuing education courses. Adult education assists adult individuals who have not completed high school to complete a course of study that prepares the for the GED exam, the passing of which confers a diploma equivalent to a high school diploma. Continuing education courses provide refreshers for individuals in a specific area of study and are often required as part of a recertification or relicensing procedure.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Lake Michigan College is an open enrollment institution that admits any individuals that meet the minimum standard requirements, complete an application, and pay the associated fees. Submission of transcripts and test scores are also encouraged, as is meeting with a counselor and participating in new student orientation. Students that do not have transcripts or standardized test scores or do not meet the minimum scores may be asked to take a placement exam prior to the start of registration.
Financial aid is Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance will obtain a federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used by the financial aid office to calculate need and aid program eligibility when constructing an aid packet. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year and should be submitted prior to posted deadlines to ensure funds are disbursed in a timely fashion.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,200. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $2,800-$3,400
- Out-of-State: $4,400-$5,238
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $94-$110 per unit
- Out-of-State: $150-$180 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||88%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||83%||$4,855|
|Receiving Student Loans||25%||$4,459|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To support students and graduates, Lake Michigan College may provide services to students like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
- Child care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for Lake Michigan College compared to community colleges in Michigan, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1973)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1981)
- Find all the other nursing programs in Michigan
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1970)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Lake Michigan College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Lake Michigan College.
- Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, MI (18 miles away)
- Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, MI (38 miles away)
- Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, MI (48 miles away)
- City Colleges of Chicago - Olive - Harvey College in Chicago, IL (67 miles away)
- City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, IL (72 miles away)