Southwestern Michigan College

58900 Cherry Grove Rd
Dowagiac, MI 49047
Tel: (269)782-1000
2,419 students
Public institution
The mission of Southwestern Michigan College is to be the college of first choice for students who have a choice, the college that provides the programs and services to meet the needs of students with limited choices, and the college that serves our community.
School Highlights:
Southwestern Michigan College serves 2,419 students (58% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 23%.
Southwestern Michigan College is the only community colleges within Cass County, MI.
The nearest community college is Brown Mackie College-South Bend (17.4 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 100 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Southwestern Michigan College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 100 staff
59 staff
Southwestern Michigan College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,419 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has decreased from 25:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.22 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,419 students
1,282 students
Southwestern Michigan College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 24:1
Southwestern Michigan College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
1,402 students
810 students
Southwestern Michigan College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,017 students
1,017 students
Southwestern Michigan College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Southwestern Michigan College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Southwestern Michigan College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Southwestern Michigan College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Southwestern Michigan College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Southwestern Michigan College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Southwestern Michigan College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Southwestern Michigan College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Southwestern Michigan College Unknown (2006-2013)
Southwestern Michigan College Ethnicity Breakdown Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.22 0.53
Southwestern Michigan College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,681 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,068 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,681 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,068 $10,294
Southwestern Michigan College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Total Dormitory Capacity 260 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 90%
Southwestern Michigan College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

We offer small class sizes, ensuring you will receive significant personalized attention from your instructors. We have campuses conveniently located in Dowagiac and Niles - close to home and work. We also have academic support services that offer assistance every step of the way from the time you apply for admission to SMC to the completion of your degree and beyond. We have high quality transfer courses and curricula for students who wish to pursue their first two years of a four-year degree at SMC before transferring to a four-year college or university. Plus, SMC is committed to offering the highest quality academic experience at less than half the cost of most four-year colleges and universities. Southwestern Michigan College offers two-year transfer programs (Associate in Arts and Associate in Sciences degrees) and professional technical programs. In addition, students can now complete a bachelor's degree in one of six areas right on our campuses. Southwestern Michigan College offers many scholarships, including generous awards for academically talented students in the most recent high school class. Southwestern Michigan College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools:

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  • South Bend Brown Mackie College-South Bend
    Private for-profit
    3454 Douglas Rd.
    South Bend, IN 46635
    17.4  Mi  |  405  students
  • South Bend ITT Technical Institute-South Bend
    Private for-profit
    17390 Dugdale Dr Ste 100
    South Bend, IN 46635
    17.6  Mi  |  380  students
  • Notre Dame Holy Cross College
    Private not-for-profit
    54515 State Road 933 North
    Notre Dame, IN 46556
    18  Mi  |  524  students
  • Benton Harbor Lake Michigan College
    2755 East Napier Avenue
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    18.9  Mi  |  4230  students
  • Elkhart Harrison College-Elkhart
    881 Parkway Ave
    Elkhart, IN 46516
    21  Mi  |  498  students
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Did You Know?
For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,508 per year for in-state students and $5,995 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,883 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 81%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.38, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Lansing Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.