Lake Erie College
|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Location||Painesville, Ohio, United States
|Campus||Suburban, 50 acres (20 ha)|
|Colors||Forest green and white|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – GLIAC|
|Mascot||Stormy the Cyclone|
|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.
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.
Facts and figures
- 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%
- Caucasian: 77%
- Minority: 13%
- Unknown, International or more than two races reported: 10%
- Female: 49%
- Male: 51%
|#||Name||Term of Office|
|2||Anna M. Edwards||1866–1868|
|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|
|14||M. Sue Dreitzler||2005–2006 (interim)|
|15||Michael T. Victor||2006–2015|
|16||Peter M. Gerhart||2015–2016 (interim)|
Known as the Lake Erie College Storm, the College is a member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). 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.
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.