Lake Erie College

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This article is about the private liberal arts college. For the graduate health science school in Erie, Pennsylvania, see Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Lake Erie College
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Type Private liberal arts college
Established 1856
Endowment ~$31.4 million
President Brian Posler
Academic staff
Undergraduates 783
Postgraduates 253
Location Painesville, Ohio, United States
41°43′00″N 81°15′06″W / 41.71667°N 81.25167°W / 41.71667; -81.25167Coordinates: 41°43′00″N 81°15′06″W / 41.71667°N 81.25167°W / 41.71667; -81.25167
Campus Suburban, 50 acres (20 ha)[1]
Colors           Forest green and white[1]
Athletics NCAA Division IIGLIAC
Nickname Storm
Mascot Stormy the Cyclone[2]
Affiliations Council of Independent Colleges

Lake Erie College is a private liberal arts college founded in 1856 located in Painesville, Ohio, United States, approximately 30 miles (48 km) east of Cleveland. As of the 2015–2016 academic year, the enrollment was approximately 1,250 undergraduate, College Credit Plus, post-baccalaureate and graduate students.

The Civil Aeronautics Authority approved Lake Erie for a civilian pilot program in 1939 and, in 1954, it became the first institution of higher education in the United States to require a term abroad for its students. An equestrian program began at the college in 1955 and majors in equine studies have been part of the academic curriculum ever since, attracting students from across the country and around the world.

Lake Erie created a master of education program in 1972 and a master of business administration program in 1981. The college’s master’s-level physician assistant studies program began in 2014 and has already been extremely successful.


Lake Erie College is approximately 30 miles (48 km) east of downtown Cleveland in downtown Painesville. Students under the age of 22 whose official residence is outside a 50-mile (80 km) radius of the campus are required to live on campus during the academic year.[3]

College Hall, built in 1857, on the campus of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio

Students can rely on their own transportation or the Lake County Laketran bus system that has stops near the campus. Parking one personal vehicle on campus is available upon registering with the college.[4]

Facts and figures[edit]

  • Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2016-2017): $29,960
  • Faculty to Student Ratio: 15:1
  • Average class size: 17
  • Full Time Faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree: 87%

Undergraduate demographics[edit]

  • Caucasian: 77%
  • Minority: 13%
  • Unknown, International or more than two races reported: 10%
  • Female: 49%
  • Male: 51%

Past presidents[edit]

# Name Term of Office
1 Lydia Sessions 1859–1866
2 Anna M. Edwards 1866–1868
3 Mary Evans 1868–1909
4 Vivian Blance Small 1909–1941
5 Helen Dalton Bragdon 1941–1950
6 Alfred T. Hill 1950–1951 (interim)
7 Paul S. Weaver 1951–1976
8 Paul Newland 1976–1977 (interim)
9 Charles E.P. Simmons 1977–1984
10 Marilyn S. Jones 1984–1985 (interim)
11 Edward Q. Moulton 1985–1986
12 Clodus R. Smith 1986–1992
13 Hal Laydon 1992–2005
14 M. Sue Dreitzler 2005–2006 (interim)
15 Michael T. Victor 2006–2015
16 Peter M. Gerhart 2015–2016 (interim)
17 Brian Posler 2016–present


Main article: Lake Erie Storm
Official athletics logo.

Known as the Lake Erie College Storm, the College is a member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).[5] Lake Erie College fields 17 varsity sports teams at the Division II level and joined the GLIAC prior to the start of the 2010-11 academic year. The College will be transitioning to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) in the 2017-2018 academic year. Prior to joining the GLIAC, Lake Erie College was a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) of Division III; LEC had been part of the AMCC through the 2007-08 academic year.[6]

The official nickname of the College’s athletics teams is the Storm. The name was chosen to replace the nickname Unicorns when the College added men’s intercollegiate athletics beginning in 1988. Their mascot is Stormy.The College offers basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, indoor/outdoor track and field, and volleyball for women, and baseball, basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, soccer, indoor/outdoor track and field, and wrestling for men. Fourteen teams participate in the GLIAC currently while men's lacrosse competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. A newly heated rivalry has begun with Ashland University, a two-hour drive away in Ashland, Ohio.


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