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No essays or letters of recommendation are required. Just click “Apply Now” and fill out the simple form. 

You’ll receive an admissions decision via email and/or 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.



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  • 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.

    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.

  • Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

    Southwestern Michigan College is committed to diversity and providing an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the unique value and perspective of each person.

    The College is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, education, all of its programs, and use of its facilities for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, pregnancy, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran's status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information in all programs, activities, services, employment, and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment that is unrelated to the person's ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person's ability to participate in educational programs, courses, services, or activities offered by the College.

    The College complies with all state and federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination including, but not limited to, the Elliott Larson Civil Rights Act, Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and with all requirements and regulations of the U.S. Department of Education.

    The College does not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation.

    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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