Together we empower people and communities to thrive through education, innovation, and experiences.
Lake Michigan College is a two-year, accredited, nonprofit community college in southwest Michigan.
Students are well-prepared to excel academically and professionally
- Quality Programs/Curriculum
- Student Learning
- Culture/Environment for/of Learning
- Meeting employer needs
- Successful institutional transfer
- Instructional effectiveness
Our students explore, define, and reach their goals
- Student Support
- Persistence and retention
- Goal completion rate and duration
- Student satisfaction
Our educational and cultural experiences improve socioeconomic mobility, strengthen the economy, and enrich lives
- Workforce/Talent Development
- Regional Community Enrichment
- Economic impact
- Financial savings for students and families
- Professionals in high demand fields
Our Guiding Principles
We hold ourselves accountable to our students, communities, professional standards, and each other.
We ensure our actions support the whole person through compassion and kindness.
We promote an inclusive environment by thoughtfully and intentionally engaging diversity in all its forms.
We conduct ourselves with integrity in all matters.
We provide the highest quality education and experiences possible.
We strive to meet the needs of our students, employees, and communities.
Locations Across Southwest Michigan
Situated on former farmland in Benton Township between US 31 and I 94, the Benton Harbor Campus on Napier Avenue was completed in 1976. The original building, the Campus Center is now joined by The Mendel Center, Western Michigan University Southwest Campus, Beckwith Residence Hall and the Hanson Technology Center.
The Niles Campus is located just off US 31 in the Bertrand Crossing Industrial Park. This campus serves residents of South Berrien County including Niles, Buchanan and New Buffalo; Cass County and Northern Indiana.
Lake Michigan College's South Haven Campus provides local higher education opportunity to city residents at in-district tuition rates. The campus on Veterans Boulevard is also conveniently located for other residents of Van Buren County.
The Allegan Tech Center hosts several Lake Michigan College degree, certificate and short-term training programs.
Programs for All Learners
Lake Michigan College offers over 80 different academic programs, including career education, transfer programs, part-time and full-time options and online learning.
Even before students graduate from high school, LMC has partnered with local school systems to offer college-level coursework to qualified students. With Early College, students earn both high school and college credit for courses, saving families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
Several programs at LMC are designed to assist local residents who have had a hard time getting to college. The Educational Opportunity Center can help anyone over 19 to get into any college, not just LMC. Upward Bound offers help to students who are struggling at Lake Michigan College. And Start to Finish provides support to students beginning when they're in high school, all the way through their college career at LMC.
By the Numbers
22.6% - under 18
47.7% - 18-24
28.9% - 25 and up
0.6% - International
13.5% - Out of District
85.9% - In-District ***
*Numbers are approximate for the 2022-23 academic year
** credit-earning students
*** in district service area includes Berrien County, South Haven Public Schools District (in Van Buren and Allegan counties), and Covert Township (in Van Buren County)