Points of Pride

  • Glen Oaks Community College has received full accreditation status since April, 1975 and has received reaffirmation through 2023 from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC has regional accreditation responsibilities for higher education institutions in the central United States.
  • Glen Oaks exceeds the national average in both graduation and transfer rates — 18.3 percent of Glen Oaks students earn an associate degree, compared with the national average of 16.4 percent.
  • Nationally, 46.2 percent of new students to a community college leave post-secondary education without completing a certificate or degree, compared with 34.1 percent at Glen Oaks.
  • The Allied Health Department reported a 100 percent pass rate on the 2014 Medical Assisting Certificate Exam.
  • Glen Oaks has experienced a notable increase in successful completion or transfer over the past five years as defined by the State of Michigan.
  • Glen Oaks has a student chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honorary society for community college students; when adjusted for size of school enrollment, the Glen Oaks Chapter, Alpha Delta Omega, is above the national average in the percentage of students inducted into PTK.
  • The college offers a study abroad trip each year that is open to members of the community as well as our students.
  • Glen Oaks has a student-to-faculty ration of 16:1.
  • In partnership with Michigan Works and the St. Joseph County Department of Human Services, Glen Oaks hosts the St. Joseph County Job Fair each year — recently, 54 employers participated and over 200 job seekers attended.
  • The automotive training program at Glen Oaks Community College has received accreditation by NATEF and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The program has been accredited in the following areas: Maintenance and Light Repair.
  • The TRIO Student Support Services program serves 140 low-income and/or first-generation students and students with documented disabilities each academic year.
  • By completing dual enrollment courses, a number of students have been able to complete their associate degrees from Glen Oaks prior to their high school graduation.
  • The Glen Oaks Nursing education program is a recognized leader in the area for LPN and RN graduates.
  • The Glen Oaks Fitness and Wellness Center is open to members of the community and is free to our students.
  • Our Business Services Department delivers customized training for area companies at the college and on site.
  • Glen Oaks has signed reverse transfer agreements with a number of area schools including Westen Michigan University, Ferris and Grand Valley State University to allow community college students, who have transferred to these four-year institutions, the opportunity to combine credits earned at both institutions to receive their associate degrees.
  • Students can finish their bachelor’s degree right here on this campus through Spring Arbor University and Trine University.
  • Glen Oaks awards $80,000 in Presidential and Dean Scholarships annually to Glen Oaks students.
  • Glen Oaks partners with the MCO (Michigan Colleges Online) which distributes hundreds of online class offerings from member colleges.
  • Glen Oaks annual payroll is nearly $8 million in faculty and staff salaries and wages.