Southwestern Michigan College

  • 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 31%.
  • Southwestern Michigan College is the only community colleges within Cass County, MI.
  • The nearest community college to Southwestern Michigan College is Lake Michigan College (18.0 miles away).

Top Placements

Southwestern Michigan College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Michigan for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 94 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Southwestern Michigan College(MI) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty94 staff100 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Southwestern Michigan College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Southwestern Michigan College diversity score of 0.34 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has grown by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,567 students3,505 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio27:135:1
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# Full-Time Students1,236 students1,591 students
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# Part-Time Students1,331 students1,914 students
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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
390288
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
3%
3%
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% Black
5%
14%
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% White
81%
69%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
5%
8%
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Diversity Score0.340.50
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College Completion Rate
20%
14%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,700$30,600
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.

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,866 is more than the state average of $5,223. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,263 is less than the state average of $7,110. The out-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,866$5,223
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,263$7,110
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 2015-16 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid89%89%
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 2015-16 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$12,011
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 2014-15 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 2014-15 school year data.
Source: 2016 (or 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

  • The nearest community college to Southwestern Michigan College is Lake Michigan College (18.0 miles away).
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    Benton Harbor MI  49022
    (269)927-8100
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    South Bend IN  46635
    (574)237-0774
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  • Holy Cross College
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    (574)239-8377
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  • 8,149 students | 22.50 Mi220 Dean Johnson Blvd
    South Bend IN  46601
    (574)289-7001
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  • 9,489 students | 27.60 Mi6767 West O Ave
    Kalamazoo MI  49003
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For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,223 per year for in-state students and $7,110 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,115 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 71%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity score of 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Henry Ford Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.