Welcome to Lake Erie College

Mission Statement

Lake Erie College provides an excellent, inclusive, and highly personalized education grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Guided by hope and care, our students are empowered to lead lives of personal significance and professional success as global citizens.


Lake Erie College will empower students by successfully integrating the following elements into the learning experience:

  • Self-discovery,
  • The development of strong personal attributes,
  • Creative problem solving, and
  • The balance of personal and professional goals with the needs of others.

The College is committed to being mission-driven, fostering strong partnerships and collaboration in the region, service to the community, embracing diversity and inclusion, and helping students successfully reach their academic goals.

About Lake Erie College

For 160 years, Lake Erie College has been educating students for the world after college. We combine a liberal arts education with practical "real-life" experiences. We promote study abroad, offer opportunities for internships both in the U.S. and internationally and, through our curriculum, we address the needs of students who will work in a world that is increasingly interdependent. Our students learn to communicate effectively, think critically and creatively and make informed decisions. The size of the College allows students to develop leadership skills and take an active role in various student organizations and in the development of new student programs.

Lake Erie College emphasizes the individual, not the "masses." Our classes are taught by professors, not graduate students. Classes are small, allowing students and professors to know one another. We can honestly say that everyone "will know your name." Not only will the faculty and majority of the Lake Erie staff recognize you, but we care deeply about the success, development and happiness of our students.


Lake Erie College is accredited by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Lake Erie College also holds accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and The British Horse Society (BHS) and is approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Lake Erie College seeks to be an institution where individuals of all backgrounds feel welcomed. We also strive to ensure that all within the campus community hold themselves accountable for contributing positively to a culture of inclusion and empowerment. We are committed to an institution that respects the breadth of diversity, which includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, age, disability, background, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. With the understanding that diversity must align with inclusiveness, the College seeks to support an environment that is welcoming, supportive, and dignified with regard to programming, support, and services. We recognize that we must have an environment where stakeholders may express opinions, thoughts, or ideas freely and openly, and in such a way, that embraces differences with acceptance and respect as part of our growth and sustainability strategy.

Lake Erie College seeks to emblemize a culture that projects our diversity and inclusion values into the communities that surround us. As part of our mission states that we will provide “an environment that stimulates intellectual curiosity, personal development and community involvement,” we recognize that inclusion should be a campus ideology. Without diversity and inclusion, in its broadest sense, our ability to accomplish our mission fully is hindered. [Developed and Approved by the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force – February 2017]

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