Southwestern Michigan College

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School Overview

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.

Student Housing

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.

Bachelor’s Degrees

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:

Accountancy/Public Accounting

Business Administration

Business Administration Professional Track

Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Technology

Criminal Justice

Human Resource Management

Bethel College bachelor’s degrees at Southwestern Michigan College:

Organizational Management

Human Services

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.

Niles Campus

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.

General Information

Admission Office

58900 Cherry Grove Road

Dowagiac, MI 49047-9793

(269) 782-1413

(800) 456-8675

Fax: (269) 782-1371

Contact: Jason Smith

Director of Admissions
Main Address

58900 Cherry Grove Road

Dowagiac, MI 49047-9793

(269) 782-1000

Total undergrads: 2,802

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 765

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,419


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Commuter campus, Residential

Degrees offered:
Associate, Certificates

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Admissions Policies/Requirements

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.

College Majors

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A
Office Assistant/Specialist C
Business Administration/Management A
Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship C

Computer & Information Sciences

Information Technology Application Development A
Information Technology Networking A
Information Technology Support A
Information Technology Help Desk C


Early Childhood Education A
Elementary Education C

Engineering Technologies

Engineering Technology A
Mechatronics/Robotics and Automation Technology A,C
Occupational technology A,C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Emergency Medical Technology C
Medical Assistance A,C
Health Information Technology A
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical C
Phlebotomy C
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) C
Electrocardiogram (ECG) Technician C
Home Health Aide C
Medical First Responsder C
Paramedic A,C
Pharmacy Technician C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A,C
Professional Communication A
Graphic Design Technology A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Automotive Technology A,C
Industrial Technolgoy A

Precision Production Trades

Precision Machining Technology A,C
Welding Technology C
Construction Trades Green Technology A,C

Public Administration & Services

Social Work A

Security & Protective Services

Fire Science/Firefighting A,C
Criminal Justice A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    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.

Southwestern Michigan College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (269) 782-1000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 58900 Cherry Grove Rd, Dowagiac, MI 49047-9793
Setting: Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,141
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 2,141 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $6,554
Out-of-state Tuition: $6,999
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 89%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,560

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Southwestern Michigan College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southwestern Michigan College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 34
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 23
Construction Trades 11
Education 2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 23
Health Professions and Related Programs 55
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Precision Production 2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Visual and Performing Arts 1
Grand total 1928

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Southwestern Michigan College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,554
Out-of-state $6,999
Books and supplies $1,722

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 362 89%
Grant or scholarship aid 347 85% $5,560
Student loan aid 138 34% $5,220

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,074 50% $4,642
Federal student loans 448 21% $5,012

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Southwestern Michigan College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Southwestern Michigan College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Southwestern Michigan College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,141
Undergraduate enrollment 2,141
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Southwestern Michigan College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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.

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