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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is Lake Michigan College?
  • How do I get a class schedule sent to me?
  • Is the College closed today because of bad weather?
  • How do I find out if one of my classes has been canceled for today?
  • What is "being admitted"?
  • How do I get started the enrollment process at Lake Michigan College?
  • How do I apply? What is the Assessment?
  • How do I make an appointment to meet with an Academic Advisor? Are evening or Saturday appointments available?
  • What is the difference between an Academic Advisor and a Counselor?
  • Is there anything I should do to prepare for my Academic Advising appointment?
  • I know the program I want to do. How do I find out what courses I need to take?
  • I haven't gone to college before. I don't understand the "whole college thing". Do classes work like in high school?
  • I don't know what I am going to major in or if I am going to transfer. How do I know what courses to take?
  • What is MACRAO?
  • I have been told I need to be a full-time student taking at least 12 credits. Is this true?
  • I want to get done fast. Isn't it a good idea to take as many courses as possible a semester?
  • I am an international student. Are there additional admission requirements?
  • What do I do if I want to drop a class? Can I just stop attending the class?
  • I took classes at LMC 20 years ago. Are my credits still good?
  • What do I have to do to change my curriculum code (major)?
  • When do I receive my grades?
  • What are the advantages of early registration?
  • I'm not sure that I've taken all the classes that I need to take to get my degree. How can I find out?

  • Where is Lake Michigan College?

    Lake Michigan College has four campuses.

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    How do I get a class schedule sent to me?
    The Lake Michigan College class schedules can be requested by submitting an email. Class Schedules, as well as the College Catalog, are available online.

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    Is the College closed today because of bad weather?

    In the event Lake Michigan College classes must be canceled due to heavy snow or other inclement weather, local radio and television stations throughout Berrien, Van Buren and Cass counties in Michigan, as well as South Bend, Indiana, will carry the announcement. Visit the Weather and Emergency Closings page for more information.

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    How do I find out if one of my classes has been canceled for today?

    Canceled classes for the day are announced online.

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    What is "being admitted"?

    Lake Michigan College has an open door admissions policy for those who want to and are capable of extending their education beyond high school. Please review our Admission Policy.

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    How do I get started the enrollment process at Lake Michigan College?

    Whether you are new to Lake Michigan College or a returning student, follow the appropriate steps listed in the enrollment process.

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    How do I apply? What is the Assessment?

    The Admission Application is available online or at any of the campuses. The Assessment is a basic skills test that all students new to LMC complete.

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    How do I make an appointment to meet with an Academic Advisor?
    Are evening or Saturday appointments available?
    Appointments can be made at any of our campus locations by calling each campus directly. For an advising appointment call 1-800-252-1562 then select the extension for the campus at which you want to make an appointment. For the Napier Avenue Campus ext. 8182; Bertrand Crossing Campus ext. 2990; South Haven Campus ext. 7500; and for M-TEC call 269-926-6832. Evening or Saturday appointments are available at most campus locations.

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    What is the difference between an academic advisor and a counselor?

    Academic advisors provide assistance with class selection, scheduling and advising of courses to meet the requirements of your chosen program. Counselors are required to be licensed by the State of Michigan to provide services including test interpretation and personal counseling.

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    Is there anything I should do to prepare for my academic advising appointment?

    The most productive meeting will occur if you have applied for admission, completed the assessments, and applied for financial aid (if applicable). If you have transfer coursework from another institution you should have your transcript sent ahead of time directly from your college or university to the Lake Michigan College Records Office for evaluation. You should also bring an unofficial copy of any transcript with you to your advising appointment.

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    I know the program I want to do. How do I find out what courses I need to take?

    Make an appointment with an academic advisor. You will review the required course work and determine what you have already completed.

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    I haven't gone to college before. I don't understand the "whole college thing". Do classes work like in high school?

    Completing college-level classes is not the same as completing high school classes. Your level of responsibility is much greater. You probably will be in a classroom not much different than in high school and most likely you will have an instructor addressing the class. You will find that the lecture portion of the class is just one component. You will supplement the lecture with your own reading, research, and thinking. A general rule for college work is that for every hour you spend in class, you will need to spend an additional two hours studying outside of class.

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    I don't know what I am going to major in or if I am going to transfer. How do I know what courses to take?

    During your meeting with the academic advisor you will discover a number of courses that are common to many programs of study. You can begin with these kinds of courses. You might elect to explore other areas of interest by enrolling in a specific course or two. Depending on your scores you might begin by sharpening your basic skills.

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    What is MACRAO?

    Many students come to Lake Michigan College to earn the first two years of their bachelor's degree with plans to transfer to a four-year college or university. The MACRAO Transfer Agreement was created to simplify your transfer from one institution to another. The agreement stipulates that 30 semester credit hours of 100 level or above, compatible, general course work will be granted smooth transferability to participating universities. The MACRAO agreement only addresses general studies requirements. Any major and minor requirements and proficiencies required of you are determined by each individual four-year school.

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    I have been told I need to be a full-time student taking at least 12 credits. Is this true?

    Full-time status is defined as being enrolled for a total of at least 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. LMC does not require that a student be full time. Many students enroll in just one class each semester. A class may be as little as one credit or as many as eight credits during a semester. The credit hours assigned to a specific course are listed in the College catalog and in the semester schedules. Sometimes your health insurance carrier has college enrollment requirements. There are also requirements for the number of credit hours you must carry to quality for certain types of financial aid.

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    I want to get done fast. Isn't it a good idea to take as many courses as possible a semester?

    NO! If you rush to get done and have to drop classes on the way or get poor grades, it will take as long to get done as if you took your time and did well without having to repeat courses. Repeating classes is expensive in both time and money. If you are planning to transfer, keep in mind that admission may be competitive. You need to get good grades.

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    I am an international student. Are there additional admission requirements?
    There are a number of special requirements for international students. Contact the international student advisor for more information.

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    What do I do if I want to drop a class? Can I just stop attending the class?

    Please review the Add/Drop/Withdraw page.

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    I took classes at LMC 20 years ago. Are my credits still good?

    Earned college credit does not have a life. Certain specific courses when tied to limited enrollment programs of study are only applicable for ten years (such as Human Anatomy and Principles of Human Physiology).

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    What do I have to do to change my curriculum code (major)?

    Students who would like to change their major, need to complete a Major and Educational Information Update form.

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    When do I receive my grades?

    Students may access their grades by going online one week after the semester or term ends. You can access your grades through WaveLink using your user name and password.

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    What are the advantages of early registration?

    The advantages for completing early registration include securing your seat in a specific class while there is a seat to secure. If you register early, then you don't have to be concerned about the next semester until it begins. The earlier that you register for the up-coming semesters, the more (and smaller) payments you can enjoy via the FACTS Flex Pay plan.

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    I'm not sure that I've taken all the classes that I need to take to get my degree. How can I find out?

    You can complete a Pre-Grad Audit Request Form. This request will result in a printed list of required courses for a specific degree and include the courses that you have completed, the courses that you are currently enrolled in and indicate what courses you still need to complete. You are limited to only two audits per semester. You must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours toward a degree or 15 semester hours toward a certificate. There is no fee for this service.

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