Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac

Dowagiac, MI

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Southwestern Michigan College offers 195-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. 1 high safety campus. 41.9% are women, and 58.1% are men. The average annual total cost of attendance at Southwestern Michigan College is 8849$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $7717 and $15706 per year. 18% of full-time Southwestern Michigan College students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $25,400, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Southwestern Michigan College is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Southwestern Michigan College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$7,367
$30,001 - $48,000$8,503
$48,001 - $75,000$10,191
$75,001 - $110,000$12,937



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5980

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1470 of Southwestern Michigan College undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 57 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Southwestern Michigan College number 59 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Michigan.

Students at Southwestern Michigan College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Does not offer distance education opportunities

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Graduation Rate


Southwestern Michigan College graduation rate is below the national average.

18% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Southwestern Michigan College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Southwestern Michigan College is 15:1, that means that for every 15 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Southwestern Michigan College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Southwestern Michigan College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in not reported location.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 58900 Cherry Grove Rd address in Dowagiac, Michigan.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Southwestern Michigan College with 0.24% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are forcible sex offense, burglary, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Southwestern Michigan College offers 195 programs in total: 105 are for Associate's degree, 57 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, and 33 are less than 1-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 194 universities in Michigan state. Southwestern Michigan College is one of the few institutions in Michigan that offers an Associate's degree program.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Michigan state average data to help you compare.


Southwestern Michigan College provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 1714 students with 51419 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Southwestern Michigan College

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I just graduated from here, and transferred to WMU after. I loved every minute spent here. The staff was always helpful, my professors would always help me when I asked for help, and the campus is beautiful. I will miss my time here, but I will be much better off for my time here. I previously attended another local college, and had a horrible experience. Transferring here made a huge difference in me, and my education.

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My dad was able to go to kvcc out of district for cheaper than I went here in district. However the teachers are really friendly and helpful. The advisors on the other hand weren't so helpful. Nice campus though.

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Very good beginner college. I loved my time there. Most of the teachers were so thoughtful and understanding. One thing I didn't like was the financial aid office and the counselorsthat scheduled classes. They almost made me take a couple extra classes I didn't need. Be careful when you go to them!

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I love smc so much! Great programs offered.

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In 2013 I graduated from the nursing program at SMC. The knowledge base, and emphesis on critical thinking I got from this program really prepared me for NCLEX (I passed after only 75 questions!), and for entering the workforce. I have since gone on to finish my BSN at a four year institution. And, in addition to pursuing my nursing career in the area of critical care, I have now returned to SMC as a part time adjunct instuctor. The Dowagiac campus will always feel like home to me. Register for my nutrition class (HEED 163)!

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Location & Website

Address: 58900 Cherry Grove Rd


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +2697821000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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