Aerial photo of Dowagiac Campus

Points of Pride

Academics

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  • Seven bachelor's degree programs are offered at SMC through Ferris State University. Two agricultural certificate programs are available through Michigan State University.
  • SMC’s graduation and transfer rates are higher than state and national averages compared to other two-year colleges.
  • College-level course success for SMC students is consistently in the top quartile (25%) of all public two-year colleges nationwide. 
  • SMC offers five separate honors programs for students. The flagship Honors Program challenges high-achieving students with rigorous curriculum and encourages them to be actively engaged outside the classroom. They take part in undergraduate research and experiences typical of university students, such as presenting research on new ways to filter water at the American Chemical Society’s national conference in Orlando. 

College Life

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  • The “total college life experience” is one of the hallmarks of SMC. Here, students can have the experience of a small, private college at half the cost of a state university.
  • SMC is one of only a few two-year colleges in Michigan with on-campus housing. We serve 390 students in three apartment-style residence halls, adjacent to the state-of-the-art Student Activity Center on the Dowagiac campus. 
  • SMC students have exceptional opportunities for out-of-class engagement. Examples include performing on Broadway with Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown; touring the Land of Lincoln around Springfield, IL; visiting the International ArtPrize in Grand Rapids; attending GenCon in Indianapolis; and participating in the Midwest Psychological Association’s annual meeting in Chicago. 

Facilities

The Student Activity Center

  • The main campus in Dowagiac consists of 13 buildings spread across 240 beautifully landscaped acres. The Niles Campus, which provides flexible programs at an additional convenient and modern location, received a complete renovation in 2014.
  • Over the last 10 years, SMC has invested over $54 million in facilities. Most recently, construction was completed on a $9.6 million renovation and expansion of the Nursing and Health Education Building.

Cost

  • Annual tuition at SMC is half the cost of most four-year universities.
  • Ninety-two percent of first-time college students receive federal, state, or local financial aid at SMC.
  • In the 2018-19 academic year, SMC awarded approximately $800,000 in scholarship funds to its students.