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Discover our beautiful 240-acre Dowagiac campus and the renovated Niles Campus, both conveniently located in the heart of Southwest Michigan.
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Southwestern Michigan College’s main campus is in Dowagiac, Michigan. It features 13 buildings spread across 240 beautifully landscaped acres. The campus is an easy five-minute drive from the quaint town of Dowagiac, where many local fine dining and fast food options await. In the local area, students can enjoy all the adventures Michigan’s four seasons provide, from skiing and ice skating in the winter to hiking, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking in the summer. Lake Michigan’s sandy beaches are only 35 minutes away, and the bustling city of Mishawaka, Indiana is only 30 minutes away. Kalamazoo, MI is also easy driving distance, and Chicago and Grand Rapids are about two hours away, making for a nice day trip.
Alumni Plaza, located in the center of the Dowagiac campus, is dedicated to past, present, and future students and friends of the college. This elevated circular plaza with surrounding seating is a gathering place for students and a site for outdoor performances.
Friends and alumni can help support the college while also commemorating their or a loved one's involvement with SMC by purchasing a clay paver or limestone band engraved with their message of choice.
Alumni Welcome Center and History Gallery
Adjacent to the Lyons Building is the Alumni Welcome Center and History Gallery. Past students and visitors to campus are invited to stop by to browse the history gallery and for a welcome to campus.
Contact the Director of Development to set up a tour of the history gallery.
Barbara A. Wood Building
The Wood Building is home to business and IT classes. It features collaborative student spaces with comfortable seating for studying and working with other students on group projects. Business and IT faculty offices are conveniently located so students can quickly visit them and get assistance as needed.
IT labs are equipped with 3D printers, virtual reality sets, and drones, and classrooms feature a modern look and new technology.
The Wood Building also contains the Ferris State University at SMC office, the Office of Information Technology, and the Help Desk.
The Bookstore is adjacent to the Lyons Building. Students may purchase textbooks, SMC apparel and regalia, school supplies, and other quick-grab items like snacks and chapstick.
Charles O. Zollar Building/Student Activity Center
The Student Activity Center (SAC) is the hub for student life. It features a fully-equipped fitness center and free fitness classes; a gym; racquetball courts; pool, ping pong, and foosball tables; a video gaming room; resistance pools; a movie/event theatre; and The Canyon rock climbing room with a 35-foot rock wall and 12-foot bouldering wall.
The Zollar Café in the SAC sells coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, breakfast items, and more.
The SAC also has several outdoor venues, including 6 miles of wooded trails and soccer, softball, and flag foot ball fields.
Admission to the SAC is free for all students.
Dale A. Lyons Building
The Lyons Building is home to the visual and performing arts. It features Mac labs, ceramics and art studios, individual music practice rooms, an art gallery and a theatre.
David C. Briegel Building
The Briegel Building houses most student services, so it should be your first stop if you need any help. On the first floor are the Office of First Year Experience, admissions office, financial aid, records, testing center, Academic Advising and Resource Center, information desk, and the business office. The second floor contains classrooms and administrative offices.
The Birdfeeder cafeteria on the first floor sells pizza, sandwiches, salads, and more.
Foster W. Daugherty
The Daugherty Building is home to the communications, humanities, social science, and criminal justice programs. The Daugherty Building reopened in 2016 after a multi-million dollar renovation, which included redesigning the commons areas to encourage more student-faculty interaction.
Fred L. Mathews Library and Conference Center
The Mathews Library has thousands of books, movies, and CDs available for checkout, and a reference librarian is always on hand to help you locate the resources you need.
Quiet study rooms provide a place to study in silence, and a number of collaboration areas serve as places to complete group work.
A computer lab provides access to the internet and printers.
The library also houses the Carole A. Tate Teaching and Learning Center, where students can get free tutoring and writing assistance.
Conference rooms are used as classrooms and for student and community events.
Jan & A.C. Kairis Building
Renovated in 2010, the Kairis Building is designated for construction and automotive classes. It features an automotive lab and a construction lab where students get hands-on training working on real projects.
SMC has three residence hall buildings: Keith H. McKenzie Hall, Thomas F. Jerdon Hall, and William M. White Hall.
Each of the halls feature apartment-style suites with private bedrooms, a full kitchen, living room, and two or four bathroom in each suite. The halls also include secured keycard entry into buildings, suites, and bedrooms; free private parking lots; cable and Wi-Fi; 24/7 on-campus security; on-site laundry; commons areas with fireplaces and large-screen TVs; and programming designed to build community and help students succeed.
Nursing and Health Education Building
The Nursing and Health Education Building opened for classes in January 2019 after a $9.6 million expansion and renovation.
At over 29,000 square feet, the building features eight classrooms, two eight-bed skills labs, a four-bed simulation lab, debriefing rooms, and dedicated medical assisting and CNA classrooms.
The building is equipped with the latest health instruction technology, including advanced simulation mannequins capable of emulating real-life medical conditions such as high blood pressure, throwing up, going into cardiac arrest, bleeding, and giving birth.
William P. D. O'Leary Building
The O’Leary Building reopened in 2015 after a multi-million-dollar renovation. The redesigned space is now home to science, technology, engineering and math classes and features sleek labs and classrooms, student-faculty interaction areas and SCALE-UP labs, which promote student-centered active learning.
The Niles Campus, conveniently located at the intersection of US 12 and M-60, offers a variety of day, evening, and online-hybrid classes for occupational, transfer, and continuing education programs.
The Niles Campus has recently been renovated with a modern look, fitness center, and gaming room.
Many of the services offered on the main campus are also offered on the Niles Campus, including the Student Service Center, Testing Center and Teaching and Learning Center.
Harry T. Gast Building
The 14,000-square-foot Gast Building adjacent to the main building on the Niles Campus is home to the robotics and welding programs.