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SMC Demographics & Diversity

Dowagiac, Michigan

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Low

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at SMC are mostly White with a smaller Black population. The school has low racial diversity. 28% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Southwestern Michigan College students
Race Percent of Students
White 72%
Black 12%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 1%
American Indian / Alaskan 1%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
International 0%
Race Unknown 3%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Medium

There are 46% more female students than male students enrolled at Southwestern Michigan College with a gender ratio of 59% women to 41% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, SMC has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is slightly less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Southwestern Michigan College students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 41%
Women 59%
Enrollment by gender for Southwestern Michigan College students
Gender Number of Students
Men 865
Women 1,265

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

SMC serves a very low number of students outside of Michigan, with 80 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Southwestern Michigan College students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 80%
Out of State 20%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$53,289 per year

60% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Enrollment
2,130
Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 20.2%
Part time Undergrads 43.4%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=172307 IPEDS survey data for Southwestern Michigan College.