Facts at a Glance

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Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a private, dynamic and progressive institution of higher education offering 33 undergraduate majors and three master's degrees in business administration, education and physician assistant studies. This co-educational institution, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,100 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies program and its international learning opportunities. More...

Our Mission

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.

Accreditation / Professional Memberships:

Lake Erie College is accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents, and the Higher Learning Commission who grants us membership in the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Lake Erie College also holds accreditation from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), and Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC); and has been granted provisional accreditation status by Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). More...

Campus Location:

The College is located in Painesville, Ohio, 30 miles east of Cleveland. The historic campus is comprised of 52 acres and 18 buildings.

The George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, located 5 miles south of campus in Concord Twp., is comprised of 54 acres, barns that accommodate up to 95 horses and a 700 seat arena.


Approximately 1,200

Campus Profile:

A coeducational, residential, four-year comprehensive college
Student-Faculty ratio is 14:1
Average class size is 15
63% Residential, 37% Commuter
41 full-time Faculty - 83% hold terminal degrees in their area of study
45% women, 55% men
69% from Ohio, 26% representing 26 other states and 5% representing 13 foreign countries
77% Caucasian, 15% Minority, 8% Unknown, International, or more than two races reported

Federal Right to Know:

The Student Right to Know Act requires an institution that participates in any student financial assistance program under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) to disclose information about graduation rates to current and prospective students. In addition to academic success rates, Lake Erie College complies with the other reporting requirements for the Federal Right to Know. This information can be found below:

  • National Center for Education Statistics – College Navigator
  • Academic Success Rates – For Lake Erie College, please click the following link and search under Division II Academic Success Rates for the cohort year you wish to view. ASR Search


The College has four residence halls on campus and six apartment buildings within walking distance that accommodate approximately 530 students. Residential staff is available in all buildings. All residence halls have lounge areas and laundry facilities. Rooms are designed to accommodate two students, data ports for Internet access and cable. Students living on campus participate in one of three campus meal plans. Other facilities include a fitness center, fields, cafeteria and dining. More...

Student Support:

Lake Erie College offers tutoring services through our Academic Learning Center including writing and math labs, academic and career guidance with the Offices of Academic Advising and Career Services, and special needs accommodations for all students with Student Support Services. For more information on any of these, please see the appropriate offices.

Special Programs:

Learning Communities
Study Abroad, International Study/Internships

Admissions Criteria:

Minimum GPA is 2.5 in college preparatory courses. ACT and/or SAT scores are required.

Tuition and Fees


Full-time undergraduate students may be eligible for many different scholarships, including merit-based scholarships, an entrepreneurship scholarship and a humanities legacy scholarship. For more information see Financial Aid


35 undergraduate majors, 28 minors

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Science
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Master of Science in Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)   


Lake Erie College is an NCAA Division II school, offers 17 varsity sports and competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), the East Coast Conference (ECC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). More...

Men's Sports:

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field and Wrestling

Women's Sports:

Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
Intercollegiate and Intramural Clubs and Sports:

Cheerleading, Dance, Baseball, Equestrian, Football, Soccer, Softball, Frisbee, and Volleyball

Mascot: Stormy

Nickname: Storm

Colors: Forest green and white

Campus Visit:

Learn more about the place you will call home. An on-campus visit is the best way to discover all that Lake Erie College has to offer. To arrange your visit, please call 440.296.1856 or 800.533.4996. Visit our website at lec.edu/admissions.