Southwestern Michigan College: Narrative Description

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58900 Cherry Grove Rd.
Dowagiac, MI 49047-9793
Tel: (269)782-1000; 800-456-8675; Admissions: (269)782-1000; Fax: (269)782-8414; Web Site:

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Michigan Department of Education. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 240-acre rural campus. Endowment: $7 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $3344 per student. Total enrollment: 2,948. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 500 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,077 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 1,871 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 3 states and territories, 19 other countries, 12% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 7% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 43% 25 or older, 43% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for nursing program. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Placement: SAT I or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 9/10.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1919 full-time. State resident tuition: $2210 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $2387 full-time. Mandatory fees: $403 full-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organization: Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual event: Fall Student/Staff Picnic. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, evening police patrols. College housing not available. Fred L. Mathews Library with 38,000 books, 30,375 microform titles, 1,100 serials, 1,750 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $211,137. 355 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed.

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