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All the best resources in a small campus atmosphere.

The perfect place to prepare for your career.

Baker College of Muskegon is in West Michigan just east of US-31, only minutes away from the beautiful scenery and sugar-sand beaches of Lake Michigan. One of four Baker campuses that offers student housing, our campus is small and friendly, yet it's also part of the Baker College system—Michigan's largest, fastest-growing career college system and one of the largest independent colleges in the nation. So you'll have the best of all worlds—small class sizes, professional instructors with years of experience in the subjects they teach, and state-of-the-art equipment, facilities, and resources.

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Campus Life at Baker College

Campus Life

All the best resources in a small campus atmosphere.

The perfect place to prepare for your career.

Baker College of Muskegon is in West Michigan just east of US-31, only minutes away from the beautiful scenery and sugar-sand beaches of Lake Michigan. One of four Baker campuses that offers student housing, our campus is small and friendly, yet it's also part of the Baker College system—Michigan's largest, fastest-growing career college system and one of the largest independent colleges in the nation. So you'll have the best of all worlds—small class sizes, professional instructors with years of experience in the subjects they teach, and state-of-the-art equipment, facilities, and resources.

Message from the President

Welcome to Baker College of Muskegon, Fremont, and the Culinary Institute of Michigan—where we've been preparing students for rewarding and challenging careers for over 100 years!

Our beautiful main campus is located just a few blocks east of US-31 and only a few miles from Muskegon Lake and the beautiful beaches and sand dunes of Lake Michigan. Just five miles from our main campus is the three-story Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM), where students learn and develop their skills in state-of-the-art kitchens and laboratories. COURSES, our student-run restaurant, and The Sweet Spot pastry and coffee shop are open to the public. Our Fremont extension site is a brief 30-minute drive to southern Newaygo County, making it a convenient location for many students to take classes and receive support services. 

More than 100 years ago, Baker College began with a simple mission: to prepare its graduates to be successful in challenging and rewarding careers. A century later, that mission is as relevant and meaningful as it has ever been. The technology has changed, but the need for talent development remains strong throughout the state, region, and nation.

Business and government leaders everywhere are asking the same question: where can find the talent to make our organizations and businesses successful and dynamic? At Baker College, we believe YOU are the answer to that question. We want to be your partner in developing your talent and skills, so you are ready to step into a competitive career field and add value to all that you do. 

As your partner, we are able to make you several important commitments. First, we commit to providing you the best facilities and equipment anywhere for your education. Our world-class Culinary Institute of Michigan and recently-opened Health Science Center illustrate the College’s willingness to invest in the equipment and classroom facilities that you need to develop your talent.

Next, we commit to providing you dedicated, knowledgeable faculty to guide and facilitate your learning. Baker College faculty not only have the degree credentials to attest to their expertise, but they have real world experience that allows them to know exactly what employers require in order to be successful. Their expertise guides the development of classroom curriculum to ensure it is relevant and engaging.

Finally, we commit to providing every graduate life-time employment assistance. Our experienced Career Services department has developed relationships with industry leaders around the state and region to make sure we can assist you when you are ready to put your newly-developed talent to work.

At Baker College, we consider it a privilege to partner with talented, motivated students who are seeking to prepare themselves for challenging and rewarding careers. If you are looking for a committed, experienced partner to assist in your talent development, I hope you will consider Baker College.

Lee Coggin, J.D.
President, Baker College of Muskegon
lee.coggin@baker.edu

About Muskegon

Once home to lumber barons, steamships, and paper mills the community of Muskegon has so much to offer. You can explore the past at Muskegon museums and historic sites, tour a lighthouse, or spend some time enjoying the city's first-rate arts venues—the Muskegon Museum of Art, the West Michigan Symphony, Civic Theater, and others.    
 
When it's time to enjoy the out-of-doors, a walk along the dunes of Lake Michigan is beautiful any time of year. Summer brings swimming, fishing, and boating on the big lake or on any of Muskegon's three inland lakes—Muskegon Lake, Bear Lake, and Mona Lake. You can also  take advantage of the area's state parks and recreation areas to camp, hike, kayak, bicycle, cross-country ski, snowshoe, or even learn to luge. 

Places to Explore

  • Michigan’s Adventure Theme Park
  • Muskegon County Museum
  • White Lake Area
  • Frauenthal Theater for the Performing Arts
  • Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
  • Muskegon State Park
  • P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

Community Events

  • Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
  • Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant

Links to Area Attractions

Our Campus

Baker College of Muskegon offers a small college atmosphere with all the facilities, amenities, and resources that are the hallmarks of a high quality learning environment. 

On our campus, you'll find classrooms and labs, along with our library and Learning Connection, where easy access to computers, library and information resources, and free tutoring are available seven days a week. When you're ready to spend time relaxing between classes, the Student Center and the West End Café are two inviting places where you can meet with friends or get something good to eat, whether you live on campus or commute. 

Free Services

As a Baker College student, the following resources are always available to you and are always free. 

  • Tutoring
  • Study skills assistance
  • Library and Writing Center
  • Computer labs
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking
  • Baker College shuttle
  • Campus safety 24/7
  • Lifetime Employment Assistance for every Baker College graduate

The BRIC

With a computer lab, study rooms, café, TV, SiriusXM®; satellite radio, recreation area, and fitness center, the BRIC (Baker Recreation and Information Center) is a great place to study or relax.

Daily: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
(Break Hours will vary.)

The WEFC

The WEFC (West End Fitness Center) has cardio and strength training equipment as well as yoga balls, medicine balls, bands, and fitness DVDs. 

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
(Break hours will vary.)

Campus Information Booklets

The Baker College of Muskegon Informational Booklet (458 KB) lists all campus offices, office hours, phone numbers, and explains important campus policies and procedures. 

The Baker College Student Handbook (27.4 MB) includes important details you need to know as a student at Baker College, including codes of conduct, financial information, policies and procedures, and more. 

The Culinary Institute of Michigan 

The Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM) is located in downtown Muskegon, about five miles west of the main campus. You'll learn in a world-class facility, built specifically for the study of the culinary arts, with state-of-the-art classrooms and labs that facilitate the open kitchen, European-style of training and cooking. Our facility also includes a high-end, in-house restaurant and a retail shop. Both deepen learning through hands-on experience. 

As a CIM student, you also have access to all Baker College amenities—from the libraries and computer labs to campus-wide wireless connectivity, free tutoring, and more. Students who choose to enroll at our Muskegon campus also have the option of living in an on-campus or nearby, off-site residence.

Campus Dining

Whether you're looking for a meal or a snack, there's a place nearby.

The Quarterline Grill

Student Center - Main campus
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

The West End Café

Near Starks Hall - Main campus 
Monday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Closed

COURSES

Culinary Institute of Michigan
Lunch - Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner - Thursday - Saturday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Sweet Spot

Culinary Institute of Michigan
Monday - Saturday: 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Student Organizations

Getting involved with activities outside of the classroom not only makes college more fun, it also helps you prepare for your career. Participation—whether it's in an intramural team, a study group, or a volunteer program—will build relationships, develop new skills and experience, and improve your ability to plan and manage your time.

Consider joining one of the student organizations here on the Muskegon campus:

Organization Information
Academic Programming Team for Residence Hall Students Dedicated to helping Residence Life students thrive in their academic areas by constructing programs which encourage academic success for housing students.
ACF West Michigan Lakeshore Student Chefs Is committed to the education of its members, their professional growth and serving the community.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD Student Chapter) Organization of pre-service teachers to promote professional development and leadership in the field of education.
Baker College Computer Organization Provides a medium of cooperation and communication for students working in or working towards the computer and technology fields.
Business Professionals of America The mission is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.
Community Service Programming Team Plans programs focused on giving back to the Muskegon community on a variety of different levels. Possible programs will range from helping out Muskegon area organizations to collecting food for the Baker College food bank to organizing campus blood drives.
Early Childhood Education Club Helps its members enhance professional development by providing opportunities to learn about the Early Childhood Education field.
Food and Beverage Club The intended purpose is for those that want to explore different cuisines and beverages of the world. Promotes education, experience, regionality, culture and history.
Gay/Straight Alliance Encourages a welcoming and safe environment for all students through education, networking and support services.
Interior and Architectural Design Society Creates a network of people in the Architecture and Interior Design fields and to keep abreast of cutting edge design research and business trends and gain experience outside of the classroom.
Intramural Sports To provide a positive and competitive atmosphere for all Baker students, faculty, and staff.
Organization of Human Service Fosters excellence in student academic achievement, facilitate excellence in the delivery of human services through support and volunteerism and support the ethical conduct of all persons in the human service program or field.
Residence Hall Association (RHA) The goal of RHA is to positively impact the residential life experience of the housing students at Baker College of Muskegon through programming initiatives.
Rotaract: sponsored by the Muskegon Rotary and the Montague / Whitehall Rotary A service club for young men and women with the goal to address their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.
Students For Life Works to promote an atmosphere that is affirming of human life at every stage.
Surgical Technology Student Chapter Promotes the professional career of Surgical Technology through teamwork, exploration and education.
Youth Leadership Group (Toastmasters) Provides a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skill, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

For more information, contact Mike Helsen in Student Services at (231) 777-5206.

New clubs and service organizations are always welcome. If you have an idea for a group that you'd like to see on campus, we can help you get it started. Just complete a Student Organization Request Form

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Program Finder

Start today and discover the program that is right for you.

FAQ's

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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