Students being helped at the One-Stop

Early College



LMC Early College not only saves families money, but also offers an early glimpse into college life by helping students gain independence, sharpen study and time management skills, and creates a smoother transition into their next chapter. Early College allows students to develop interests and talents by exploring a myriad of subjects that may not be not offered in the high school curriculum. LMC partners with more than 50 area high schools, home schools, and technical education centers in Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Ottawa and Van Buren Counties.

Follow these steps to get started with Early College at Lake Michigan College. 

1. Ask Questions

  • Meet with your high school guidance counselor or career & technical education director to explore your Early College options.
  • Find out which college classes are available to you and fit into your schedule. Some classes may be held at your school (Dual Credit) and some may be at an LMC campus (Dual Enrollment).

2. Review Test Scores

  • Obtain a copy of your ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER®, or COMPASS test scores.
  • Review your test scores. Be sure you meet prerequisite requirements for your chosen courses.
  • Schedule ACCUPLACER testing if needed. Ask your guidance counselor whether testing is offered at your high school or visit LMC Testing Center to learn how to take placement testing through Lake Michigan College. Early College applicants who plan to take placement testing at the Benton Harbor campus should check here for dates and times and to schedule a testing time.

3. Get Approval

  • Be sure your guidance counselor, teacher (dual credit only), and parents/guardians are supportive of you taking Early College classes.
  • Select courses with your guidance counselor or an LMC Advisor. You MUST meet prerequisites for each course.

4. Meet with LMC Advising

  • Meet with an LMC academic advisor (optional for Dual Credit; required for Dual Enrollment)
  • Decide which classes fit your college and career goals. If you plan to attend LMC or another college after graduation, you'll want to make sure your Early College credits are transferable. Transfer guides are available here.
  • To schedule an appointment, call your local campus, identify yourself as an Early College student and indicate which campus you plan to attend.

5. Register for Classes

  • Complete and submit the appropriate paper registration form with test scores attached to your guidance counselor.
  • Get authorization signatures from your parents, school and teacher (dual credit).
  • Check your schedule on Wavelink regularly to confirm your enrollment.

6. Buy Your Books

  • Some schools cover the cost of books with a bookstore voucher. Check with your guidance counselor or career & technical center director.
  • Order your books online, or purchase the necessary textbooks at the LMC Bookstore.

7. Go to Class

  • Make sure you are listed on your teacher's roster. Not being listed could mean you are not registered.
  • Check the academic calendars online to find out when classes start and end.
  • Dual credit classes generally follow LMC's academic calendar.
  • Direct credit classes generally follow your high school's or Tech Center's academic calendar.

8. Use Your Resources

  • Get help if you need it – the library, tutoring, and student support services are available through three LMC campuses once you’re an Early College Student.
  • Talk to someone in our Career and Transfer Center if you’re unsure of what to do after high school or want to know the best courses to take as an Early College student.
  • Speak with your guidance counselor, tech center, or LMC Advisor if you need to drop or withdraw from a class. Remember you will not be automatically dropped for not attending, so if you change school districts, have a sudden illness, or are otherwise unable to attend, you need to complete a drop/withdraw form. Failure to complete your official withdraw may result in an ‘E’ or failing grade on your official college transcripts.

9. After High School Graduation

  • Meet with an LMC Academic Advisor to see how long it will take you to complete your LMC degree. You’re closer than you think!
  • Unofficial transcripts are available on your Wavelink account. You can also pay for an official transcript to be sent to the college of your choice.

For more information about Early College opportunities at Lake Michigan College, please contact:

Early College Department at (269) 927-8735 or

You can also check out frequently asked questions.

Dual Credit Guidelines

Dual Enrollment Guidelines