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Adult Admissions

A Decision You Can Feel Good About

You want a better life for yourself and your family. We can help.

We’ve crafted academic programs and support resources to suit the needs of people like you who need to work or manage a family while earning a degree.

With flexible schedules, low tuition, and one-on-one advising, Southwestern Michigan College is a choice you can feel confident making. You can also apply at any time for spring, summer, or fall semesters. For more information or to answer specific questions, contact an adult recruiter.



How to Become a Student

Follow the simple steps below to become an SMC student.

If at any point you’d rather talk to someone, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to help!


Other Action Items

  • Buy Books

    Buy books and course materials at the bookstore on the Dowagiac campus or at Books can be shipped to your home for a small fee, or you can pick them up at either campus at no additional cost. Find the list of books and materials you need on SMC Wired under Student Resources > Bookstore or at You will need your student ID to access course information and to use financial aid for payment.

  • Check Your SMC Email and SMC Wired

    All campus announcements and reminders will be sent to your SMC email or posted to Wired, SMC's online student portal. Checking these frequently is the best way to stay up-to-date with SMC events and your financial aid status. As a reminder, your first bill will be sent to your SMC email.

    Learn how to check your SMC email here.

Next Step Wednesdays

Interested in starting classes, but not sure about your next steps? We're here to help! Every Wednesday, we'll be offering flexible, extended services at both campus locations to help you apply, complete your FAFSA, submit transcripts, and more!

Sign up to let us know you're coming, then stop by when it's convenient for you.


Tuition Assistance For Adult Students

In addition to SMC scholarships, you'll want to be sure to check out the state tuition assistance available to adult students. These include:

Michigan Reconnect
Michigan Works!

Indiana Adult Student Grant
Indiana Workforce Ready Grant

Michigan Reconnect has expanded to include more Michigan residents.

Programs in In-demand Fields

We can get you started in nearly any high-wage, high-demand career with options that fit your schedule. For example, you can complete an AA business degree totally online. You can even complete a four-year degree on our Dowagiac campus through our partnership with Ferris State University.

View all our degree and certificate programs here.

Flexible Courses

Evening, online, and hybrid format class options help you keep a healthy balance between school, work, and family responsibilities. Reach out to an advisor to learn about the class format options available for specific programs.



Low Tuition + Financial Aid

Tuition at SMC is a fraction of the cost of four-year schools. Financial aid makes it even more affordable. Learn more about costs here.


Two Convenient Locations

Southwestern Michigan College has campuses in Dowagiac and Niles, so you can take classes in a location close to you.*

*Programs offered vary by location.

The commons area on the Niles Campus

Other Features

Free Tutoring

Library (Dowagiac Campus)

Payment Plan Options

Free Computer/Technology Support

Free Fitness Center

Free Parking

MI Works! Offices on the Niles Campus

Students studying near the fire place on the Niles Campus

Learn More


Nursing Student

Visual and Performing Arts

School of Business


Nursing Student

Aerial photo of Dowagiac Campus