- 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.
Southwestern Michigan College serves 1,759 students (43% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 20% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 29%.
Quick Stats (2023)
- Enrollment: 1,759 students
- In-state tuition: $5,866
- Out-state tuition: $6,263
- Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
- Minority enrollment: 20%
- Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
The teacher population of 192 teachers has grown by 104% over five years.
Southwestern Michigan College
(MI) Community College Avg.
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
The student population of Southwestern Michigan College has declined by 24% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has decreased from 11:1 over five years.
The Southwestern Michigan College diversity score of 0.35 is less than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has declined by 29% over five years.
Student : Teacher Ratio
# Full-Time Students
# Part-Time Students
# Enrollment Undergraduate
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
# Full-Time Graduate Students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
Total Dormitory Capacity
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
The public in-state tuition of $5,866 is more than the state average of $4,928. 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 $6,848. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
Median Debt for Graduates
Median Debt for Dropouts
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Southwestern Michigan College cost?
Southwestern Michigan College's tuition is approximately $5,866 for In-State students and $6,263 for Out-State students.
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