Baker College fall 2017 classes start a month early

Business News |Jun 30, 2017|2 min read

MUSKEGON, Mich. – The start date for fall 2017 semester at Baker College is Monday, Aug. 28, about a month earlier than in previous years. The college has officially transitioned from a quarter schedule to semesters effective this fall. Enrollment is underway for all on-ground and online courses.


Baker College has day and evening classes for programs in the areas of applied technology, business, education, health science, information technology and social science.


“We have been preparing for the transition to semesters for about two years,” said Lee Coggin, J.D., Baker College of Muskegon president. “A massive amount of time and energy has gone into revamping our processes and curriculum to fit the semester schedule, and we’ve worked diligently to ensure a seamless transition for students.”


The new academic calendar offers two 16-week semesters and a 12-week summer session, versus four quarters.


Coggin identified some of the advantages of a semester schedule.


“Semesters line up more closely with most high school calendars making dual enrollment easier to coordinate,” he said. “An earlier start in the fall also means an earlier graduation in the spring, allowing graduates to enter the job market sooner. And, because most colleges are on a semester schedule, it will be easier to transfer to and from Baker College and for calculating the transferring academic credits.”


Additionally, he noted internships, a requirement of most Baker College programs, can be longer on a semester schedule.


For more information about Baker College career programs, contact Debbie Smith in the admissions office at 231.777.5200 or, or visit


The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science. Baker College has on-ground campuses throughout Michigan and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook,