Southwestern Michigan College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,123
4.94% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$9,094
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
2.71%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
1,807
43.8% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
32.1%
153 Graduates

About

Southwestern Michigan College is a higher education institution located in Cass County, MI. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Southwestern Michigan College were General Studies (80 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (39 degrees), and General Business (22 degrees).

In 2022, 313 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Southwestern Michigan College. 59.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (229 degrees), 10.9 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (21 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Southwestern Michigan College is $4,123, which is $−3,989 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Southwestern Michigan College is $4,123, which is $−3,989 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,094.

In 2022, 60% of undergraduate students attending Southwestern Michigan College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 15% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$4,123
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Southwestern Michigan College was $4,123. The cost of tuition at Southwestern Michigan College is $−3,989 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$9,094
2022 Value
0.645%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Southwestern Michigan College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,094. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Southwestern Michigan College grew by 0.645%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,100
Room and Board
$1,722
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Southwestern Michigan College was of $8,100 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,722. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

60%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
15%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

60% of undergraduate students at Southwestern Michigan College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 13.2% with respect to 2021, when 53% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.71%
2019 Default Rate
12
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Southwestern Michigan College was 2.71%, which represents 12 out of the 443 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Southwestern Michigan College had a total enrollment of 1,807 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Southwestern Michigan College is 791 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,016. This means that 43.8% of students enrolled at Southwestern Michigan College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Southwestern Michigan College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 70.2% White, 11.6% Black or African American, 6.75% Two or More Races, 2.1% Hispanic or Latino, 0.996% Asian, 0.885% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.221% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Southwestern Michigan College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (37%), followed by White Male (28.1%) and Black or African American Male (9.48%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

43.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Southwestern Michigan College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,807 students. The full-time enrollment at Southwestern Michigan College is 791 and the part-time enrollment is 1,016. This means that 43.8% of students enrolled at Southwestern Michigan College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

60%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Southwestern Michigan College was 60%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Southwestern Michigan College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,268 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    210 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    122 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Southwestern Michigan College is 70.2% White, 11.6% Black or African American, 6.75% Two or More Races, 2.1% Hispanic or Latino, 0.996% Asian, 0.885% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.221% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2022, 57 more women than men received degrees from Southwestern Michigan College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Southwestern Michigan College is white (229 degrees awarded). There were 10.9 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (21 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Southwestern Michigan College is General Studies (80 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (39 degrees) and General Business (22 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Southwestern Michigan College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Construction (12 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (23 degrees), and Precision Production (12 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Southwestern Michigan College are Elementary & middle school teachers (138,952 people), Other managers (135,861 people), Graphic designers (94,584 people), Postsecondary teachers (69,785 people), and Software developers (63,793 people).

The most specialized majors at Southwestern Michigan College in 2022 are Construction (12 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (23 degrees), Precision Production (12 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (83 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (20 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Southwestern Michigan College are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Skincare specialists, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Southwestern Michigan College are Construction (12 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (23 degrees), Precision Production (12 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (83 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (20 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Southwestern Michigan College are Elementary & secondary schools (291,798 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (162,631 people), Construction (154,342 people), Computer Systems Design (129,569 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (77,958 people).

The most specialized majors at Southwestern Michigan College are Construction (12 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (23 degrees), Precision Production (12 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (83 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (20 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Southwestern Michigan College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 80 degrees awarded
  2. 39 degrees awarded
  3. 22 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Southwestern Michigan College was General Studies with 80 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

128
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
185
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 128 degrees were awarded to men at Southwestern Michigan College, which is 0.692 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (185).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 26 degrees were awarded to men at Southwestern Michigan College in General Studies, which is 0.481 times less than the 54 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 54 degrees were awarded to men at Southwestern Michigan College in General Studies, which is 2.08 times more than the 26 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

21%
100% Completion Time
29%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 21% of students graduating from Southwestern Michigan College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 29% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 32% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (38.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Southwestern Michigan College is Female and White (38.1% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    229 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    21 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    16 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Southwestern Michigan College is white (229 degrees awarded). There were 10.9 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (21 degrees).

7.99% of degree recipients (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    141 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    88 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    12 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Southwestern Michigan College is white female (141 degrees awarded). There were 1.6 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (88 degrees).

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Operations

Southwestern Michigan College has an endowment valued at nearly $13.8M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−4.69%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Southwestern Michigan College had a total salary expenditure of 27.7M. Southwestern Michigan College employs 23 Professors, 11 Assistant professors and 10 Associate professors. Most academics at Southwestern Michigan College are Female Professor (13), Male Professor (10), and Male Associate professor (6).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southwestern Michigan College are: Management, with 24 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 20 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 14 employees.

Endowment

$13.8M
2022 Endowment
11.5%
decline from 2021

Southwestern Michigan College has an endowment valued at about $13.8M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Southwestern Michigan College declined 11.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $8.56M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$10.7M
2022 Salaries
6.55%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Southwestern Michigan College paid a median of $10.7M in salaries, which represents 38.7% of their overall expenditure ($27.7M) and a 6.55% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.88M
Instructional Salaries
44
Number of Employees

In 2022, Southwestern Michigan College paid a total of $2.88M to 44 employees working as instructors, which represents 26.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
23 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
24 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Southwestern Michigan College were Professor with 23 employees, Assistant professor with 11 employees, and Associate professor with 10 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southwestern Michigan College were Management with 24 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 20 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 14 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Southwestern Michigan College was Female Professor with 13 employees, Male Professor with 10 employees, and Male Associate professor with 6 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Southwestern Michigan College.

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