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Attention 9th and 10th-grade students!  Do you want to get a head start on college and in life by earning substantial credit for FREE, while you’re still in high school?  You can by applying to be a part of the Berrien County 5th Year Early/Middle College program! Tuition, books, and fees are provided at no cost to students and families.  

How does it work?  Basically, you will earn substantial college credit up to an associate degree or a career certificate by taking college classes during your 11th and 12th grades of high school.  You will then attend college full-time during “grade 13” in your 5th year of high school.

Are you interested in learning more about the 5th Year Early/Middle College? Check out one of our upcoming information nights or visit your school counselor’s office!

Information Sessions:

December 2

Information Session
Lake Michigan College, 
Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor
6 p.m.

December 4

Information Session
Southwestern Michigan College
Niles Campus
6 p.m.

December 10

Information Session
Berrien RESA
6 p.m.

The application deadline is January 31, 2020.  Only 10th grade students may apply.  Don’t delay!  There are a number of components to the application, including taking the AccuPlacer exam offered through Lake Michigan College and Southwestern Michigan College along with collecting a number of letters of recommendation.

For more information, please visit the Berrien County 5th Year Early/Middle College website. 

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Contact Information


Early/Middle College Consultant 
Melissa Springsteen 
(269) 471-7725, ext. 1304

Students and their families may also contact their local high school counselor/guidance office.