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About Michiana

Southwestern Michigan College is located in the heart of Michiana—a region so named for its location, which encompasses Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan.

Our Dowagiac campus is located only minutes from hundreds of inland lakes, rivers and streams, as well as Lake Michigan beaches, all of which provide hours of fishing, boating, and sunbathing fun.

Known as the Grand Old City of southwestern Michigan, Dowagiac is a historical city that has retained its unique character with a picturesque central business district, concerts in the park, summertime festivals, holiday parades, live theatre by the Beckwith Theatre Company and the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival.

Nestled in the heart of Michigan’s “fruit belt,” SMC is less than a 35-minute drive to South Bend/Mishawaka, Indiana, home to the University of Notre Dame and shopping opportunities galore; less than 45 minutes from Kalamazoo, Michigan, a city filled with restaurants, clubs, and musical events such as the annual Blues Fest; and 35 minutes from the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Michigan area with Lake Michigan beaches and quaint waterfront communities.

Chicago is less than a two-hour train ride via Amtrak or the South Shore Line, which takes travelers near the city’s Magnificent Mile downtown.

SMC’s Dowagiac campus has more than six miles of cross country hiking and ski trails. For great outdoor enjoyment, participants also have access to many state and county parks and trail systems in the region for horseback riding, cross country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling and bike riding.


Passenger Trains
  • Amtrak
    Stations located in Dowagiac, Niles and St. Joseph.
  • South Shore Line
    (Provides daily commuter service between South Bend, Indiana and Chicago.)