1. Office of Admission
  2. First-Time Freshmen

First-Time Freshmen| Take the World by Storm

Welcome to one of the most significant decisions you will make for your future. 

Actually, relax. Lake Erie College has been admitting students since 1856 and we have spent years perfecting the practice. Don’t let test scores, transcripts and essays keep you up at night. Our admission staff will guide you through the process, answer your questions and evaluate your application based on your academics, extracurricular activities and community involvement. 

A quick word about that essay: wow us! Let us know who you are and what you believe in. We love to hear what 8-year old you wanted to be when you grew up. Did you win the science fair as a thirteen-year-old or the spelling bee as a first-grader? Tell us! Show us why LEC is the destination for you!

Application Process for First-Year Students

Here is what you’ll need:


Essay (500 words)

  • Essay is optional for admission but is required for placement and registration. Applicants are encouraged to submit the essay at the time of application.

Freshmen Merit Scholarships

Get rewarded for your academic performance where it counts! Our current merit scholarships for incoming Freshmen are listed below...

A Guide for the Available Merit Awards and Basic Criteria Required

The Fine Print

You are expected to be enrolled in a college preparatory course of study in secondary school in order to have a solid academic foundation to begin college-level coursework. The cumulative grade point average in the core academic classes should be no lower than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

This course of study should include:

  • 4 years of English

  • 3 years of math

  • 3 years of natural science (2 with lab component)

  • 3 years of history and/or social studies

  • 2 years of foreign language

Student Confirmation Deposit Guideline - May 1

  • All admitted first-time freshmen wishing to reserve a seat in the freshman class must submit a $200 new student enrollment deposit.

  • You are encouraged to submit your deposit as soon as you are certain of LEC as your college choice; room assignments and roommate preferences are based on date priority. Additional deposit information and the Confirmation of Enrollment form will arrive with the acceptance package.

  • The enrollment deposit is fully refundable up until May 1.

Lake Erie College abides by the National Candidates Reply Date of May 1, but we will continue to honor confirmation deposits for all students on a space-available basis up to the first day of fall classes.