Whether you enter through our Cherry Grove or Daily Road entrances, we welcome you to the Dowagiac campus of Southwestern Michigan.
The Dowagiac campus was founded in 1964 and is ranked among the top colleges nationally for student success. Our Dowagiac campus features a Student Activity Center and three residential halls. We offer intramural sports and fine and performing arts activities.
The Alumni Plaza, located in the center of the Dowagiac campus, is dedicated to the past, present, and future friends of the college. This elevated circular plaza with surrounding seating is a gather place for student and a site for outdoor performers.
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 the message of choice.
The Barbara Wood Building, a/k/a the Information Technology Center, on the Dowagiac campus is home to the School of Business, Computing Services, Ferris State University, the Computing Services Help Desk and the Beak Squad.
The Student Activity Center (SAC) is the hub for all student activities on campus. In the SAC you will find the Zollar Café, where you can hang out with friends over a cup of coffee or smoothie; connect with friends on your laptop; a fitness center with the latest exercise equipment; a full-court gym; racquetball courts; pool tables and game room; resistance pools; movie/event theatre; and the Canyon Rock Climbing Room. The best part is admission to the SAC and all of the activities are FREE – all you need is your student ID card.
The SAC also has several outdoor venues which include 6 miles of wooded trails, soccer, softball and flag football fields.
The Dale A. Lyons Building is home to visual and performing arts including an art gallery and theatre.
The SMC Bookstore Annex is adjacent to the Dale A. Lyons Building and is home to the SMC Bookstore, Alumni Welcome Center and SMC History Gallery.
The David C. Briegel Building is home to the Student Service Center (SSC) where students can find all the help they need from applying for admission to the college to registering for classes. And, if you're hungry, the Birdfeeder is located on the first floor of the Briegel Building.
The Foster W. Daugherty Building is home to the communications, humanities and social science, education and criminal justice programs. Faculty offices are designed to foster student-faculty interaction. Even the furniture facilitates student-faculty interaction, cooperative learning and creative problem-solving.
Anyone is free to use the resources within the Fred L. Mathews Library at Southwestern Michigan College. A library card is free of charge to all SMC students and staff as well as any resident of the college's district. MichiCard holders may also use the library services. The Library is also home to the Learning Center where students have access to library services, tutoring and writing assistance, learning-style assessments, career planning, test-taking tips, and access to computers and printers.
Located on the northeast side of the Dowagiac campus, the Kairis Building houses our automotive tech and construction trades programs. High-tech classrooms allow students to learn using the latest emerging technology.
Each of our three student housing buildings, McKenzie Hall, Jerdon Hall and White Hall, have apartment-style suites which feature four private bedrooms, a full kitchen, living area and two bathrooms in each suite. There is secured keycard entry into the private free parking lots for each building, suite and individual bedroom. Each suite has cable and Wi-Fi service and an on-site laundry. 24/7 on-campus security is provided.
In Summer 2017 SMC broke ground on a $9.6 million renovation of its nursing and health service facilities. The renovation will expand the current nursing facilities to over 29,000 square feet, more than doubling its current size and creating much needed space for new classrooms and upgraded technology.
Each of our three student housing buildings, McKenzie Hall, Jerdon Hall and White Hall, has 130 beds configured into four bedroom suites with a limited number of two bedroom suites in a three-story building. All suites are fully furnished. Shared bedroom suites are more like traditional dorm rooms; they sleep two people to a room and are designed to lower the cost of living on campus. Only 24 beds in this option are available.
Each of our three student housing buildings, McKenzie Hall, Jerdon Hall and White Hall, are all connected by "The Backyard", a spacious grassy area perfect for cookouts, volleyball, roasting marshmallows around the Fire Pit, or an outdoor movie with your people.
The O'Leary Building is dedicated to STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math). In addition to physics, chemistry, biology and anatomy— which support our outstanding nursing program — and math and engineering transfer programs, we also host our agricultural technology partnership with Michigan State University in this building. Offices have been replaced with student-faculty collaboration areas.
Student-faculty collaboration areas and SCALE-UP labs. SCALE-UP stands for Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs. Collaborative learning environments designed through a National Science Foundation grant facilitate the hands-on, student-centered approach to science instruction that SMC uses. These labs can be used for chemistry, biology and physics while simultaneously serving as classrooms.
The Niles campus just off the M-60 bypass has a variety of day and evening, academic, occupational and continuing education classes.
Many of the convenient services of our main campus such as the Student Service Center and Learning Center to make your college experience easy are also available at the Niles campus.
The 14,000-square-foot Harry T. Gast M-TEC building, which houses the college’s Michigan Technical Education Center, is adjacent to the Main Building at the Niles campus of SMC.
The college offers a number of Advanced Technology programs at its M-TEC facility including robotics, welding, and industrial technology.
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