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Records and Registration

Locations
Benton Harbor Campus, Welcome Center, (269) 927-8107
Niles Campus, Room 101, (269) 695-1391
South Haven Campus, Student Services Area, (269) 637-7500

Email
records@lakemichigancollege.edu

Records and Registration is your source for a variety of services and information about your student records at Lake Michigan College.  The staff handles transcript requests, graduation audits, enrollment verification, name and address changes, and a variety of other record keeping activities related to students.

Add, Drop or Withdraw from a Class

Each student is responsible for his or her course schedule and any changes to it, such as adding, dropping, or withdrawing. WaveLink displays all courses for which a student is enrolled. Each student should review their schedule on WaveLink/Navigate after registration and each time a change is made (drop, add, etc.). Any discrepancy should be addressed immediately by making the appropriate change in WaveLink/Navigate. Students requiring assistance may call or text the Records and Registration Department at (269) 927-8107.

Add second and third paragraph here: Exact deadlines for all course changes including registration/adds, drops, withdrawals, and audits are established and published prior to the start of each academic year. Schedule changes made beyond the published add/drop dates require a consultation with an academic advisor and the approval of the appropriate faculty and dean. Approval is based on a good faith determination that the student will be successful in classes added after the regular add/drop period; approval is not guaranteed. All students are responsible for their own semester schedule and any changes made to it.

Course pre-requisites and co-requisites are published in the catalog, the class schedule, and may be viewed online via the course look-up function as well as on the student audit. All pre- and co-requisites are strictly enforced and require specific permission to waive.

Students add coursework to their schedule by enrolling through their WaveLink/Navigate account. Students requiring registration assistance may call or text the Records and Registration Department at (269) 927-8107 or visit the One-Stop Registration area on any LMC campus.

Students adding classes must do so within the published add/drop period for the semester. In general, classes may be added prior to the first scheduled meeting time for each class. Classes for which all pre-requisites have been met may be added online via the student account.

Online (distance learning) classes may be added through 11:59 p.m. the day before the semester begins, as the first meeting is considered to be the first day of the semester.

Open Entry (OE) classes may be added at any time during the semester, except the last two weeks of the semester. Any class added outside of the regular add/drop period, including OE classes, may not be eligible for financial aid funding. The Financial Aid Office will review and approve such requests on a case-by-case basis.

Add and drop periods are listed in the academic calendar, which is viewable in WaveLink.

Students dropping classes must do so within the published drop dates for the class in order to reverse all tuition and fee charges. Open Entry (OE) classes added after the regular add/drop period may drop through the end of the third day after registration. Drops can be completed online via the student account during the published add/drop period; after the end of add/drop, drops must be completed with a drop form, submitted via the student’s LMC email or in person at any campus.

A drop initiated after the published drop dates is considered a withdrawal and all tuition and fees remain on the student account.

Students must initiate the withdrawal process with a withdraw form. The Withdraw form can be found in the Student Services area of any campus or online via the student account. Students are encouraged to speak with their instructor prior to withdrawal to ensure withdrawing is the best course of action; to complete the process, both the financial aid office and an academic advisor must review the student’s financial and academic situation to disclose the ramifications of the withdraw. The withdraw form is submitted to the Records and Registration Department.

A withdrawal does not qualify for a refund of tuition or fees.

During the first 80% of the class, a student may withdraw with a guaranteed “W” grade, without the permission of the instructor, so long as the class is not part of a second-admit program.

During the final 20% of the class, the student must request permission of the instructor to withdraw. The withdrawal is not guaranteed at this point and is granted (or not) solely at the discretion of the instructor. If the withdrawal is not granted, the student will receive the grade earned for the class.

Students may not withdraw past the last day of the class. Withdrawal dates for each semester are listed in the Academic Calendar.

A withdrawal is not considered official until the withdraw form has been submitted. Non-attendance, verbal notice, or conversation with an instructor does not constitute an official withdrawal.

Withdrawals for classes which are part of a second-admit program are issued only at the discretion of the appropriate faculty or program director and are not guaranteed at any point. Program-specific details regarding withdrawal are outlined in the program handbook.


Important Information About Withdrawing

  • Discontinuing attendance in a class does not constitute dropping or withdrawing from a course. Failure to officially drop or withdraw from a course that the student is not attending will result in the grade earned according to grading criteria outlined in the course syllabus. A drop or withdrawal is not official until the student successfully completes and verifies the drop action in WaveLink or completes the appropriate withdrawal form and delivers it, in person, to the One-Stop Registration area on any LMC campus. No student should assume that an instructor has dropped or withdrawn him/her from a course.
  • Requests to add, drop, or withdraw from classes that are mailed, faxed (269-927-8107) or emailed to the College will be honored only if they are postmarked/dated or received by the posted deadline. Mailed, faxed or emailed requests must contain a readable copy of a photo ID which contains the student’s signature, full name, LMC ID number, specific instructions for amending the schedule, and the student’s signature matching the signature on the photo ID. Unsigned requests will not be honored.

To audit is to take an academic course for no credit; audited courses are not calculated in the GPA. Some of the reasons for auditing are personal exploration, enjoyment, gaining insight into a new subject, or skill/knowledge review.

A student wishing to attend a credit course on a no-credit basis may register to audit the course; however, when openings in a class are limited, preference shall be given to students enrolling for credit. Tuition is paid at the same rate as for a credit course, the attendance policy applies, and all pre- and co-requisites must be met.

Audited courses are not eligible for financial aid (including grants, loans, or scholarships) or veteran’s benefits funding, and do not count toward program completion or pre-requisite use.

A student may change from audit to credit and vice versa only during the regular add/drop period.

Students enrolled at another college or university may register for Lake Michigan College classes as Guest students. Guest students are encouraged to complete and submit a MACRAO-approved Michigan Undergraduate Guest Application prior to registration to ensure return transfer of the LMC credit to their home institution. Guest students are afforded all the rights and responsibilities of LMC students, but are not eligible to receive financial aid for courses attended at LMC. All course pre-requisites must be met and documentation provided.

Class Schedule and College Catalog

Find the classes that are right for you!

View the online class schedule to search a comprehensive list of classes by semester. With the online schedule you can:

  • View courses by subject, title, course number, campus, term part, instructor and days/times of the week
  • View catalog entries when you select a subject or course for course descriptions and prerequisites

New students must visit the Benton Harbor, Niles or South Haven campus to meet with an advisor and enroll in classes.

Current Students may enroll in classes through WaveLink/Navigate or in person at the Benton Harbor, Niles or South Haven campus.

Exact deadlines for all course changes are established and published each semester in the Academic Calendar. No course changes may be made after the deadline except when initiated by the instructor because the student has been misplaced and the change is approved by the departmental dean.

Not sure how many contact billing hours your class has? Use the Contact Hour Chart! This searchable chart provides Academic Credit Hour and Contact Billing Hour information for each Lake Michigan College course.

Course Cancellation

Lake Michigan College builds its schedule of courses based on enrollment trends and community needs. If you are affected by course cancellations, you will be notified. Any tuition and fees you have paid for a course that has been canceled by the College will be refunded.

Lake Michigan College publishes a college catalog for each academic year. The current catalog is viewable below.

 

Other Information

Lake Michigan College Official Transcripts

Lake Michigan College has partnered with Parchment®, an electronic transcript exchange company, to improve transcript processing and delivery time. 

Students order and pay for official transcripts through Wavelink. For each transcript order placed, students will receive order confirmations, email updates, and other communications from Parchment regarding order status.

Post 1998 Students
If you attended LMC in 1998 or later, please log in and order through your Wavelink account. Even if you never logged in when you attended LMC, you're in the Wavelink system. All you need to do is set up your account. Those who forgot their user ID or password can get help.

Pre 1998 Students
If you attended LMC prior to 1998, please contact the Records Office for assistance.

Cost
Electronic/Email copy: $7.65
Paper Copy, regular mailing: $10.15
Paper Copy, international mailing: $12.65
Paper Copy, overnight domestic delivery: $32.65
Paper Copy, international priority delivery: $55.15

Send College Transcripts TO Lake Michigan College

Contact any colleges you have previously attended to order your official transcripts. 

Email your transcript 
records@lakemichigancollege.edu

Mail your transcript to:
Records Office 
2755 E. Napier Ave. 
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Questions?
Email the Records and Registration Department or call/text (269) 927-8107 for assistance.

Each academic year, both new and returning Lake Michigan College students need to obtain an LMC Student Identification Card that is valid for that academic year. ID cards are valid from Fall of the academic year through Summer of the following year. For example, a 2015-16 ID card is valid from Fall 2015 to Summer 2016.

Obtaining a Card

A $2.00 fee will appear on your schedule bill at the time of your first registration activity for fall and each subsequent semester except for summer. Visit the Student Services One Stop area of the Benton Harbor, Niles or South Haven campuses during regular business hours with a photo identification (valid driver’s license, passport, or another official identification card).

Card Guidelines

Students must carry their ID cards when on campus and be able to present the card if asked to do so by LMC faculty or staff. Loaning or allowing someone else to use your card is prohibited. If a student's ID card needs to be replaced, a $2.00 replacement fee will be charged.

Card Benefits

LMC Student ID cards allow students to use campus computer labs, check out materials from the LMC library, gain free admission to LMC Red Hawks home athletic events and student productions, and earn a 10% discount on Mendel Center Mainstage tickets. Several local businesses offer discounts to students with valid IDs. Your Student ID card is also used to badge in through Papercut to the Canon multifunction printers/copy machines and selected open lab printers.

Questions about the LMC Student Identification Cards can be directed to the Student Services areas at the Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8128, the South Haven Campus (269) 637-7500, or the Niles Campus at (269) 695-1391.

A graduation application is required for each degree or certificate you wish to earn. There is no charge associated with the graduation application. Once you have applied for graduation, you can also apply to participate in the commencement ceremony. Commencement is held once a year, on the first Sunday of May.

At Lake Michigan College, mid-term grades are recorded shortly before the halfway point of each term length (i.e., 14-week, 7-week, etc.); specific dates are listed in the Academic Calendar on WaveLink. Mid-term grades can show that you’re on the right path to a great term, or they can be an early indicator that you need to step up your academic game.  At LMC, we’re committed to helping students discover and practice better strategies for better grades, providing ongoing support, and helping you develop your own plan for continued success. 

Here’s everything you need to know from helpful tips to potential impact on your student account and available support services.

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