Life at Jackson College

Founded in 1928, Jackson College is a dynamic community college that owns 500 acres and sits on a scenic rural site six miles south of the city of Jackson, MichiganEach year, more than 8,000 students enroll at Jackson College.

Mission & Vision

Jackson College is an institution of higher education whose mission is to assist learners in identifying and achieving their educational goals. Jackson College is a world-class institution of higher education where learners succeed and community needs are met. 

Start at Jackson...

The Great Lakes region of the U.S. is home to Jackson College. Located between Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, Jackson, Michigan is a quaint, Midwestern town with beautifully cultivated city parks and a historic downtown area. Bike along the Falling Waters Trail through expansive farmlands or travel just 30 minutes to the Michigan International Speedway for a day of thrilling races or 45 minutes to Ann Arbor and the home of University of Michigan. Take in a show at the famous Michigan Theater or explore the Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History. Less than 15 minutes from campus, Jackson, Michigan is a relaxed and safe environment to start your college experience.


...Go Anywhere

Graduates of American Honors have unlimited options for where they’ll go next. Our network of four-year colleges and universities extends from coast to coast, including institutions such as University of Western Michigan, Purdue University, Ohio State University, and Illinois Institute of Technology. American Honors program graduates have been accepted at University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Indiana University and many other top-tier schools. Learn how the transfer process works through American Honors.


Student Clubs & Organizations

Jackson College offers many ways to get involved and make new friends. Visit the International Student Institute and join the International Student Organization to meet students from around the world.

Participate in collegiate athletics such as basketball, cross-country, or golf, or get involved in Student Government to help advocate for student needs. Take your honors academics to the next level by joining Phi Theta Kappa.


Starting your college career close to home doesn’t mean that living at home is your only option. At Jackson College, both domestic and international applicants have housing options close to campus.

Residence Hall. Live in a secure, fully-furnished apartment-style residence hall with students from around the world. Enjoy the experience of on-campus living by taking part in residence life activities and the convenience of being only steps away from class.

Arrival Services. (For international students.) Students coming from a different country are welcomed warmly with airport pickup, student orientation, and one-on-one advisor meetings.

Apartment. There are many apartment options near campus. Students arrange for apartment housing independently. We recommend that international students first stay in a homestay or residence hall prior to living in apartments.

Academic Pathways & Courses

The following presents an example of the coursework you might take as you pursue an Associate’s Degree through American Honors. Most American Honors programs require that 40% of your credits come from Honors courses.

Individual student curricula will vary based on their intended degree path. For example, if you are interested in the health sciences you would take Biology courses instead of Physics courses to satisfy your science requirements.

Example class schedule

Year 1

2 English

2 Math

2 Science

1 Social Science

1 Honors Leadership Seminar

1 Elective

Year 2

2 Science

2 Social Science

1 English

1 History

1 Honors Transfer Seminar

1 Honors Capstone

1 Elective

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American Honors takes a holistic approach to admissions, which means that we take into account both the competitive and compelling attributes of students to determine if they would be a good fit for the program.

Speak to an admissions officer: 517-588-6008

There is no fee to apply to American Honors.
For details on deadlines, tuition and fees, and application requirements please view the Admissions Details.

Admissions Details

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