• 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 2,141 students (43% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the state community college average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 30% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 33%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,141 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,866
  • Out-state tuition: $6,263
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 30%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 192 teachers has grown by 68% over five years.
Southwestern Michigan College
(MI) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
192 staff
224 staff
This chart display total faculty of Southwestern Michigan College and community college average number of faculty in MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Southwestern Michigan College has declined by 16% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five years.
The Southwestern Michigan College diversity score of 0.49 is less than the state average of 0.52. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,141 students
3,456 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Southwestern Michigan College and community college average number of enrollment of MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
15:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Southwestern Michigan College and community college average student staff ratio of MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
910 students
1,325 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,231 students
2,131 students
This chart display the total number of Part-Time students enrollment of Southwestern Michigan College and average number of community college Part-Time students enrollment of MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Southwestern Michigan College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of MI.
Total Dormitory Capacity
390 students
186 students
This chart display the dormitory capacity of Southwestern Michigan College and the community college average dormitory capacity of MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
n/a
This chart display the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan students in Southwestern Michigan College and the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
4%
5%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Southwestern Michigan College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Black
11%
14%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Southwestern Michigan College and the percentage of Black community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% White
70%
67%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Southwestern Michigan College and the percentage of White community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Two or more races
4%
4%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Southwestern Michigan College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
This chart display the percentage of Non Resident students in Southwestern Michigan College and the percentage of Non Resident community college students in MI by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
% Unknown races
9%
7%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Southwestern Michigan College.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in MI.
Diversity Score
0.49
0.52
This chart display the diversity score of Southwestern Michigan College and the community college average diversity score of MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
College Completion Rate
28%
19%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of Southwestern Michigan College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of MI by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$28,700
$30,700
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Southwestern Michigan College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of MI by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,866 is more than the state average of $4,914. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,263 is less than the state average of $6,836. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,866
$4,914
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Southwestern Michigan College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,263
$6,836
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Southwestern Michigan College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
89%
87%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Southwestern Michigan College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in MI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$11,409
$11,637
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Southwestern Michigan College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in MI by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Southwestern Michigan College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in MI by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,141 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,866
  • Out-state tuition: $6,263
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 30%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,914 per year for in-state students and $6,836 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,103 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 89%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity score of 0.52, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Finlandia University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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