Southwestern Michigan College

58900 Cherry Grove Rd
Dowagiac, MI 49047-9793
Tel: (269)782-1000
2,567 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 2,567 students (48% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 30%.
Southwestern Michigan College is the only community colleges within Cass County, MI.
The nearest community college is Lake Michigan College (18.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 94 teachers has declined by 17% over five years.
Southwestern Michigan College (MI) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years Four or more years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 94 staff 94 staff
Southwestern Michigan College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 2,567 has declined by 15% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has decreased from 28:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.34 is less than the state average of 0.48. The school's diversity has grown by 13% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,567 students 3,372 students
Southwestern Michigan College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 27:1 35:1
Southwestern Michigan College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 1,236 students 1,530 students
Southwestern Michigan College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 1,331 students 1,825 students
Southwestern Michigan College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Southwestern Michigan College Enrollment Breakdown MI All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
390 288
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Southwestern Michigan College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2014)
% Asian
1%
2%
Southwestern Michigan College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
3%
3%
Southwestern Michigan College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
5%
14%
Southwestern Michigan College Black (2006-2014)
% White
81%
70%
Southwestern Michigan College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
3%
2%
Southwestern Michigan College More (2010-2014)
% Non Resident races
1%
1%
Southwestern Michigan College Non Resident (2006-2014)
% Unknown races
5%
7%
Southwestern Michigan College Ethnicity Breakdown MI All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.34 0.48
Southwestern Michigan College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $5,409 is more than the state average of $4,352. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,781 is less than the state average of $5,856. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,409 $4,352
Southwestern Michigan College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,781 $5,856
Southwestern Michigan College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 89% 89%
Southwestern Michigan College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (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.

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Did You Know?
For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,352 per year for in-state students and $5,856 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $7,740 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 76%. 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 0.48, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Henry Ford Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.