Southwestern Michigan College is a nationally accredited community college in Southwest Michigan that offers certificate and associate degrees in a variety of fields.
SMC ranks in the top 10 percent nationally for student course success and in the top 12 percent for transfer success. SMC students are eligible to transfer to almost any school in the country.
Employers throughout the community recognize SMC grads as well prepared for employment and specifically ask for SMC students especially in Nursing, Business, IT, and Advanced Technology.
SMC is committed to the student experience and is constantly upgrading its facilities and services to reflect that value. It recently created a Student Service Center to make it easier for students to handle college business, renovated its Niles Campus, and added apartment-style campus housing. More renovations for the Niles Campus are planned, and the Science building on the Dowagiac campus will be completely renovated by the end of 2014.
Southwestern Michigan College is one of only eight community colleges in Michigan with dorms. Each apartment-style suite has four private bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a full kitchen and living area. Each floor has a commons area with large screen TV and laundry. The three student housing buildings are connected by The Backyard, a large grassy area perfect for impromptu volleyball games, cookouts, outdoor movies, and roasting marshmallows around the Fire Pit.
Through partnerships with Ferris State University and Bethel College, students can earn bachelor’s degrees on the Dowagiac campus. The Ferris program is unique in that it allows students to take classes at SMC’s low tuition for three years and only one year at Ferris’ tuition.
Ferris State University bachelor’s degrees at Southwestern Michigan College:
Business Administration Professional Track
Computer Information Systems
Computer Information Technology
Human Resource Management
Bethel College bachelor’s degrees at Southwestern Michigan College:
Other Campus Highlights
The Student Activity Center on the Dowagiac campus houses a state-of-the-art fitness center, café, gymnasium, racquetball courts, endless pools, a rock climbing room, fitness classes, theatre, and game room complete with arcade and video games, Ping-Pong, foosball, and pool tables.
The 240 acre Dowagiac campus features six miles of wooded trails for hiking, running, biking, or cross country skiing.
SMC’s main campus is five minutes outside of Dowagiac, MI. It is about 30 minutes from urban areas such as Kalamazoo and South Bend, IN; 45 minutes from Lake Michigan; and two hours from Chicago.
SMC recognizes the student experience as an important part of college and provides plenty of opportunities for students to have fun and connect with others. Gaming tournaments, student contests, movie nights, trips to Cedar Point and Chicago, intramural sports, and much more are scheduled throughout each semester.
Southwestern Michigan College’s Niles Campus is home to the Welding Technology, Precision Machining Technology, and Mechatronics programs and also offers pre-nursing classes and Associate in Arts and Associate in Applied Science in Business degrees. Recent renovations brought updated commons areas and SCALE-UP science labs to improve student-teacher interactions in the classroom. More renovations are coming soon.
58900 Cherry Grove Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047-9793
Fax: (269) 782-1371
Contact: Jason Smith
Director of Admissions
58900 Cherry Grove Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047-9793
Total undergrads: 2,802
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 765
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,419
College has an application fee: No
Assessment tests in reading, writing, and math administered prior to registration for classes. Students may be exempted based upon ACT/SAT scores. Special requirements for nursing programs.
Business, Management, & Marketing
Computer & Information Sciences
Information Technology Application Development A
Early Childhood Education A
Engineering Technology A
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Emergency Medical Technology C
Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies A,C
Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Automotive Technology A,C
Precision Production Trades
Precision Machining Technology A,C
Public Administration & Services
Social Work A
Security & Protective Services
Fire Science/Firefighting A,C
Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:|
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.