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Transfer Student Admissions


Whether you’ve already taken one class or twenty, SMC is happy to accept students who want to transfer from another institution.

SMC accepts credit from most regionally accredited institutions. Learn more about transferring credit to SMC here.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us! 

Steps to Becoming an SMC Student

  • Fill Out the Free Application

    Applying is easy, fast, and free. Fill out the online application here. You should receive a decision letter via email and/or mail in one to two weeks.

    If accepted, the decision letter will contain a link to your Admitted Student Portal, where you’ll find your login credentials for SMC Wired and your SMC email as well as the status of your FAFSA, transcript, and more.

  • Send Us Your Transcripts

    High school transcripts should be sent ATTN: Admissions. College transcripts should be sent ATTN: Records.

    It can take up to two weeks to evaluate your official transcripts. Once your coursework is evaluated, it will be available to view through your Student Dashboard in Wired.

    Learn more about transferring your credits to SMC here.

  • Speak with an Advisor

    Speak with an advisor to see if you need to take any placement tests or pre-requisite courses. Call 269-782-1303 or email askanadvisor@swmich.edu.

  • Register for Classes

    Log in to SMC Wired, click the My SMC Wired tab, then SMC Self Service > Student > Registration > Register for Classes.

    We MUST have your official transcripts before you can register for classes.

  • Pay Your Bill

    The final step to securing your place as an SMC student is paying your bill. Failure to pay by the payment deadline may result in losing your spot in housing and being dropped from your classes. 

    Learn more about billing and payment here.

    Payment Due Dates

    Fall Semester, Housing Students: July 15

    Fall Semester, Other Students: August 1

    Spring Semester: December 1

    Summer Semester: May 1

Other Action Items

  • Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

    The first step to getting most types of financial aid is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, as it determines your financial need, is a major source of federal and state funding, and is required to receive some scholarships. We encourage you to do that early to get a better idea of how much it will cost.

    The FAFSA is available at fafsa.gov beginning October 1 of the year before you plan to attend school. Use SMC’s federal code, 002317, when filling out the FAFSA so that we can receive your information.

    We also offer hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships. Browse and apply for SMC scholarships here.

    Learn more about financial aid here.

  • Apply for Housing

    Housing fills up fast! We recommend applying for housing early to maximize your chances of getting a room. The housing application opens on October 1 of the year before you plan to attend. Apply for housing here.

  • Apply for On-campus Jobs

    If you want to work on campus, browse and apply for student jobs at swmich.peopleadmin.com.

  • Buy Books

    Buy books and course materials at the bookstore on the Dowagiac campus or at shopsouthwestern.com. 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 shopsouthwestern.com. 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 access your SMC email here.

Upcoming Events

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March 13, 2024

Open House

The open house is a great opportunity to tour the residence halls, speak with professors and staff about our academic programs, and learn about the admissions process, financial aid, and campus life.

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March 13, 2024

Open House

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March 20, 2024

Career Fair

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March 21, 2024 - March 24, 2024

Spring Musical

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March 22, 2024 - March 24, 2024

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March 23, 2024 - March 25, 2024

Spring Musical

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March 24, 2024 - March 26, 2024

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March 27, 2024 - August 29, 2024

Registration Opens March 27

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March 27, 2024

FAFSA Completion Workshop


April 13, 2024


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July 18, 2024 - July 19, 2024

Roadrunner Reveal Overnight Camp

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July 21, 2024 - July 26, 2024

Choral Camp

Full College Experience

Student events, three levels of athletics, a thriving student center, clubs and more keep campus alive with activity all-year round. 

Learn more about student life.

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Tuition at SMC is half the cost of most four-year schools. Start here, save thousands, transfer to your school of choice later. 

Learn more about costs here.

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