Requirements and FAQs
SMC was founded on the principle of knowledge for all. We are proud to be an open-access institution, accepting nearly all students who meet admissions requirements.
- Must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
- Must be at least 16 years of age
- Minimum SAT/ACT: None/Not Required
- Minimum GPA: None
Application Fee: Free/None
Essay: Not Required
Letters of Recommendation: Not Required
Application Deadline: None, but apply early for your best chance at scholarships and to give yourself plenty of time to complete the admissions process
Frequently Asked Questions
When Do Classes Begin?
Spring 2024: January 16
Summer 2024: June 3
Fall 2024: September 3
When Should I Buy Books?
You can purchase textbooks any time after registering for classes. We recommend getting your books before classes begin, either by visiting the bookstore or ordering online. You can get them when you come to classes for your first day of classes, but options may be limited.
If you plan to use financial aid to buy books, you will have to wait until financial aid is available in the bookstore.
See the bookstore page for the financial aid book policy and for more information about textbooks.
How Do I Access SMC Wired and My SMC email?
Visit wired.swmich.edu and enter the username and password found in your Admitted Student Portal. Once logged in to SMC Wired, click Email from the top navigation menu. You can sync the email to your phone by following the set up instructions on your phone’s native email app.
If you no longer have your acceptance letter or forgot your password, call First Year Experience for assistance: 269-782-1499.
I can't log in to Wired. What should I do?
For help resetting your password or learning your username, contact First Year Experience at 269-782-1499.
What Payment Plan Options Are Available?
You can set up a payment plan to pay your bill in monthly or bi-monthly (twice a month) payments.
How Do I Get My Student ID?
Visit First Year Experience in the Briegel Building on the Dowagiac campus to have your picture taken. A FYE advisor will print and provide you your ID on the spot.
How Do I View My Schedule?
Log in to SMC Wired and click Student Dashboard. Once in the dashboard, click Registered Credit Hours under the Registration section.
If I have taken classes at SMC in the past, do I need to apply again?
Yes, if you have not taken classes for the last two major semesters (fall, spring).
What do I need to do to register for classes?
To register, you need to:
- Complete the application
- Have your high school send us your official transcripts
- Either provide your SAT/ACT scores or take the Accuplacer assessment exam. Learn more about placement testing here.
- Meet with an advisor at New Student Orientation or by scheduling an appointment.
Please see the Admissions Process page for more details on the admissions process.