Southwestern Michigan College

58900 Cherry Grove Rd
Dowagiac, MI 49047-9793
Tel: (269)782-1000
  • 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 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 LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty94 staff100 staff
Southwestern Michigan College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

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 0.50. The school's diversity has grown by 13% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,567 students3,505 students
Southwestern Michigan College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio27:135:1
Southwestern Michigan College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,236 students1,591 students
Southwestern Michigan College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,331 students1,914 students
Southwestern Michigan College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Southwestern Michigan College Enrollment Breakdown MI All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Southwestern Michigan College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Southwestern Michigan College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Southwestern Michigan College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Southwestern Michigan College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Southwestern Michigan College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Southwestern Michigan College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Southwestern Michigan College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Southwestern Michigan College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
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.0.340.50
Southwestern Michigan College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Southwestern Michigan College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,700$31,100
Southwestern Michigan College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Southwestern Michigan College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,263$7,110
Southwestern Michigan College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid89%89%
Southwestern Michigan College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$13,600
Southwestern Michigan College Median debt for students who have completed (2010-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,000
Southwestern Michigan College Median debt for students who have not completed (2010-2015)
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.

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Did You Know?
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 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 0.50, 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.