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Spring New Student Orientation

December 20
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Dowagiac Campus

Your life as an SMC Roadrunner is about to begin!

All students starting at SMC in January are expected to attend a New Student Orientation session.

Attend a New Student Orientation session to register for classes, learn about campus resources and how to succeed in your program, meet key staff including your program dean and finish up last-minute business.

Parents are welcome—we’ll have special sessions for them too!

Check in at the Student Activity Center. For your convenience, please use the Dailey Road parking lot.


8-10 a.m.


Plan to arrive at 8 a.m. if you need to complete placement tests. If you do not need to complete placement tests, you can come later, but you may still wish to come early to take care of other business or to tour campus and find your classrooms.

Testing (optional)

The need for placement tests is determined by your SAT/ACT score. Ask your advisor if you need to complete placement tests. Placement tests take approximately two hours to complete. We strongly encourage students to complete placement tests before orientation day. You cannot register for classes until you complete placement tests or demonstrate proficiency though sufficient SAT/ACT scores.

Student Service Info Tables

Chat with staff from various departments and learn about on-campus resources, student life and more. Get your student ID or have your Wired password reset.

Tour Campus

Take a tour to see campus and locate your classrooms. Tours will leave every 30 minutes.

10-10:30 a.m.

Welcome Presentation

Attend for a warm welcome to campus. Get a quick overview of life at SMC, including an intro to various departments and words from our student leaders.

10:30-11 a.m.

Academic Overview

At the end of the welcome presentation, you'll be guided to the session for your major where you'll learn more about your program from your program faculty or dean.

11 a.m.-12 p.m.


Register for classes and learn about degree requirements, course sequencing and how to self-register in future semesters. You'll receive your schedule and bill at the end of the session.

Parent Session

Parents will learn all about student services, including student life, The Learning Lab, security and more.

12-12:30 p.m.


12:30-1:30 p.m.


Campus services will be open so that you can take care of any remaining business before you leave.

RSVPs for orientation have closed.



(269) 782-1499

Southwestern Michigan College

58900 Cherry Grove Road

Dowagiac, MI 49047

IMPORTANT: Since both orientation sessions take place after the payment due date, your payment will be due at the time of registration. Please come prepared to pay in full or to set up a payment plan. Payment plans require a 10% down payment and a $35 processing fee. Learn more about billing and payment at swmich.edu/business-office.