Lake Erie College

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391 W. Washington Street

Painesville, OH 44077

Phone: (440) 375-7000
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#106 Overall Score: 34 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Lake Erie College is a private institution that was founded in 1856. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,034, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 270 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Lake Erie College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 106. Its tuition and fees are $27,368 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, is where the best of the past is preserved and the best of the future is yet to come. Academic tradition and a dedicated faculty combine with a nurturing educational environment and academic programs that meet the demands of a changing world. The private liberal arts college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and provides engaged learning through small class sizes. The student-faculty ratio is 16:1, and a majority of its classes are with fewer than 20 students.
Lake Erie College offers three undergraduate (bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of fine arts) and two graduate degrees (M.B.A., M.Ed.). The college offers 37 undergraduate majors, with the top ones being biology, business administration, sport management, criminal justice and psychology. Lake Erie offers three majors in equine studies: equine entrepreneurship, equestrian facility management and equestrian teacher-trainer.
Our corporate partners offer Lake Erie students internships with numerous possibilities. Strong affiliations with globally recognized names such as Parker Hannifin, University Hospitals and First Energy Corporation make it possible for students to interact with CEOs and upper-level executives. Students are provided opportunities to assist with case studies, market analysis and real-world learning experiences.
The College also offers involvement in one of four Learning Communities. These provide an opportunity for students to celebrate academic interests while being active participants in experiential learning.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the International Study program, through which they may choose to spend an entire semester abroad or take part in short study tours. Lake Erie students have explored Costa Rica, various countries in Europe including the Czech Republic, China, and the Galapagos Islands; students are required to complete a course in international studies ahead of their trip.
The College has a strong athletic program. Lake Erie is a member of the GLIAC and has 23 NCAA Division II varsity athletic teams, including men's and women's lacrosse, golf, basketball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, and volleyball. Men's football, baseball and wrestling and women's softball and volleyball are also offered. Co-ed intercollegiate equestrian teams also engage in the sport of Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage.
Lake Erie College serves approximately 1,200 students, with the majority living in on-campus residence halls or nearby college-owned apartments. The college is home to 31 clubs and organizations and offers a variety of co-curricular activities including an honors/scholars program; theatre, dance and music productions; and internationally recognized guest speakers.
Nestled three miles from the shores of Lake Erie, the college features expanses of green space in a rural atmosphere while, at the same time, is close to the diverse urban centers of Cleveland, just 27 minutes west.
The quiet, serene and safe main campus is comprised of 18 buildings, including a state-of-the-art science center that was opened just three years ago. The 86-acre George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, featuring permanent stabling for 98 horses in two barns and multiple riding facilities, is located six miles away from the main campus. Students can bring their own horse or work with college-owned horses.
President Michael T. Victor knows the students by name and has a welcome, open-door policy. He is to be interrupted from any meeting so he can spend a few minutes talking with prospective new students and parents.
Call 1-855-GO STORM or visit to arrange your tour.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1856
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $27,369,420


When applying to Lake Erie College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Lake Erie College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.2%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Lake Erie College is 16:1, and the school has 59.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Lake Erie College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Farm/Farm and Ranch Management; and Sport and Fitness Administration/Management. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 15%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 6%
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management 6%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 5%

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Student Life

Lake Erie College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,034, with a gender distribution of 49.5 percent male students and 50.5 percent female students. At this school, 56 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 44 percent of students live off campus. Lake Erie College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,201
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Lake Erie College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Lake Erie College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Lake Erie College, 84 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Lake Erie College.

Students who have cars on campus 84%
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $27,368 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,336 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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