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:
highlights checkmark
Southwestern Michigan College serves 2,419 students (57.96% of students are full-time).
highlights checkmark
Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 34%.
highlights checkmark
Southwestern Michigan College is the only community colleges within Cass County, MI.
highlights checkmark
The nearest community college is Brown Mackie College-South Bend (17.36 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 Less than 2 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 100 staff
61 staff
Southwestern Michigan College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,419 teachers has declined by 6% 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 12% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,419 students 1,296 students
Southwestern Michigan College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 1,402 students
815 students
Southwestern Michigan College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,017 students
1,025 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 more than the state average of $5,668. 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 $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,681 $5,694
Southwestern Michigan College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,068 $10,252
Southwestern Michigan College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (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:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • South Bend
    3454 Douglas Rd.
    South BendIN 46635
    17.36 Mi | 405 students
  • South Bend
    17390 Dugdale Dr Ste 100
    South BendIN 46635
    17.57 Mi | 380 students
  • Notre Dame
    Holy Cross College
    Private not-for-profit
    54515 State Road 933 North
    Notre DameIN 46556
    18.03 Mi | 524 students
  • Benton Harbor
    2755 East Napier Avenue
    Benton HarborMI 49022
    18.88 Mi | 4,230 students
  • Elkhart
    881 Parkway Ave
    ElkhartIN 46516
    21.00 Mi | 498 students
Recent Articles
Short Term Commitment – Long Term Benefits: Three Study-Abroad Options for Community College Students
Short Term Commitment – Long Term Benefits: Three Study-Abroad Options for Community College Students
While study abroad has long been considered an option only for students at four-year colleges and universities, there are actually many options for community college students who would like to experience studying in another country.
Why Four Year Community College Degrees May Be Great for California
Recently, a measure passed that allows community colleges in California to offer 4 year degrees. Until now such offerings have been the sole province of other institutions. Now, the game has changed.
Community College Pathways to a Career in Air Traffic Control
Air traffic controllers enjoy secure, interesting work. Earning a degree in ATC at a community college is an excellent first step to securing a job.
Related School Videos

View more school videos

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 84%. 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 0.53, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Lansing Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.