Taking college-level classes while you're still in high school can help you get ahead and lighten your course load once you're in college, leaving you more time to focus on your studies or get involved in student activities.
Once you've completed an early college course, you'll know you've got what it takes to excel in your college career, and that will be a great feeling!
Follow these steps to get started with Early College at Lake Michigan College. For the Early College Academy at our Bertrand Crossing campus in Niles, please download and complete the Student Application Packet.
1. Ask Questions
- Meet with your high school guidance counselor or career & technical education director to determine which college classes count toward your high school graduation requirements.
- Find out which college classes are available to you and fit into your schedule
2. Review Test Scores
- Obtain a copy of your ACT, SAT, or COMPASS test scores.
- Review your test scores; be sure you meet prerequisite requirements for your chosen courses.
- Schedule COMPASS testing if needed. Ask your guidance counselor whether testing is offered at your high school. Or go to the Assessment Center for testing information.
3. Get Approval
- Be sure your guidance counselor, teacher (direct credit only), and parents/guardians are supportive of you taking Early College classes.
- Select courses with your guidance counselor. You MUST meet prerequisites for each course.
- Get authorization signatures from your parents.
4. Meet with LMC Advising
- Meet with an LMC academic advisor (optional for Direct 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 (269) 927-8128, 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.
- Check your schedule on Wavelink regularly to confirm your enrollment.
5. 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.
6. 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 enrollment classes generally follow LMC's academic calendar.
- Direct credit classes generally follow your high school's or Tech Center's academic calendar.
For more information about Early College opportunities at Lake Michigan College, please contact:
Early College Coordinator