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Education for all who wish to develop their potential

Lake Michigan College is a two-year, accredited, nonprofit community college in southwest Michigan.

Mission Statement

The philosophy of Lake Michigan College, an institution of higher education, is founded on the belief that education is for all who wish to develop their potential. It is fundamental that a community college assist in meeting the educational, career, cultural, wellness and recreational needs of the community it serves through its courses (credit and non-credit), certificates, degrees, and state-authorized baccalaureate programs. This involves a five-fold obligation:

  • to provide for the educational aspirations, needs and learning expectations of the individual and the community;
  • to provide for the occupational needs and desires of the learner and the community;
  • to provide for the cultural interests and the wellness and recreational needs of the individual, and thus contribute to the development of effective citizens;
  • to provide an assurance of quality in programs and in people;
  • to develop an international perspective that prepares students, and develop employees and community members for a world economy and global citizenship.

College Vision

Lake Michigan College is the region’s leader in encouraging a community-wide spirit of learning in people and organizations, leading to personal growth and economic development.

College-Wide Goals

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Academic Excellence


Students are well-prepared to excel academically and professionally


Surpass expectations with leading innovation, exceptional teaching 
and real-world curricula

  • Meeting employer needs

  • Successful institutional transfer

  • Instructional effectiveness

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Student Success


All students define, explore and reach their educational goals


Enhance a supportive culture and environment with clear and efficient paths to completion

  • Persistence and retention

  • Goal completion rate and duration

  • Student satisfaction

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Community Impact


Quality of life in our region is elevated through education and community connections


Offer civic, social, creative and economic opportunities in the communities we serve

  • Economic impact

  • Financial savings for students and families

  • Professionals in high demand fields


Our Guiding Principles

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Every College program and service must be of the highest quality.

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Lake Michigan College must know and understand the needs of its students and communities.

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Programs and services offered by the College must respond to the needs of students and the communities, with constant review, analysis, research and action.

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The College must strive to create a diverse community that represents all segments of society, including women, ethnic-minorities and people with disabilities, in its student body, faculty and staff.

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The College must promote caring for students, our customers, and one another as colleagues.

Locations Across Southwest Michigan

Benton Harbor Campus

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.

Niles Campus

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.

South Haven Campus

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.

Allegan Tech Center

The Allegan Tech Center hosts several Lake Michigan College degree, certificate and short-term training programs.

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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.

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By the Numbers

660 Employees

9% Full-time faculty
42% Full and part-time staff
49% Part-time faculty

3,477 Students


37% - 0-17
36% - 18-25
27% - 25 and up


2% - International
13% - Out of District
75% - In-District ***

Enrollment Status

Full-time 28%
Part-time 72%

*Numbers are approximate for the 2015-16 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)

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