Applying to Southwestern Michigan College is easy, fast, and free! 

No essays or letters of recommendation are required. Just click “Apply Now”, fill out the simple form, and you’ll be done in about 10 minutes. 

You’ll receive an admissions decision by mail in one to two weeks.

You will need to complete some post-admission steps like sending us your transcripts. You can find the full process for becoming a SMC student here.



  • Admission Policy

    Southwestern Michigan College is an equal opportunity, equal access college with an open-door admission policy. You are eligible for admission if:

    • You have a high school diploma, GED or have completed a home school program.
    • You are still in high school and have the written permission of your high school principal or guidance counselor to attend classes at SMC. Students ages 14-15 must also have the written permission of a parent or guardian. Students under the age of 14 are not permitted to take classes at SMC.
    • You are a citizen of another country and you meet all U.S. laws and SMC requirements pertaining to college attendance by non-immigrants.

    Final admissions decisions rest with the college. Admission to SMC does not necessarily guarantee admission to a specific program of study.

    Applicants to Southwestern Michigan College are considered potential students and must abide by the Code of Student Conduct. 

    Applicants with a criminal record will be subject to the college’s Criminal Background Check procedure.

  • Notice of Non-discrimination

    Southwestern Michigan College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to the person listed below. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit the Office for Civil Rights website for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

    For inquiries related to Title IX please contact the Director of Security and Conduct (for students) or the Director of Human Resources (for employees). For inquiries related to the Equal Opportunity Policy and/or Title VI, Section 504 or the ADA please contact the Chief of Staff.

    Director of Security and Conduct
    David C. Briegel Building, Room 2104
    58900 Cherry Grove Rd.
    Dowagiac, MI 49047

    Director of Human Resources
    David C. Briegel Building, Room 2106
    58900 Cherry Grove Rd.
    Dowagiac, MI 49047

    Chief of Staff
    David C. Briegel Building, Room 2104
    58900 Cherry Grove Rd.
    Dowagiac, MI 49047

Admissions Process

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Select your student type to learn how to become an SMC student.


Transfer Students

Adult Students

Dual-enrolled students

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International Students

Students tour the residence halls