Southwest Minnesota State University

1501 State St, Marshall, MN 56258-5468
Tel: (800)*-642-0684
Public | 6,781 students
Southwest Minnesota State University Photo #1 - Students show their mustang pride during a home football game in our new Regional Event Center.
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Southwest Minnesota State University Photo #1 - Students show their mustang pride during a home football game in our new Regional Event Center.
Southwest Minnesota State University Photo #2 - Within the past 7 years, SMSU has invested over $130 million in new building and renovations. Pictured here you can see our Student Center on the left, and our 5 story library in the distance.
Southwest Minnesota State University Photo #3 - There are several options for on-campus living at SMSU. From our Residence Halls, Living and Learning Communities, Sweetland Hall, and the Foundation Residence Apartments, there is sure to be an option that best fits your lifestyle.
Southwest Minnesota State University Photo #4 - Sweetland Hall is our newest living option, and is available for freshman and upperclassmen. The rooms are more spacious, there is a sink in your room, and it is suite style with 2 neighboring rooms sharing 1 bathroom.
Southwest Minnesota State University Photo #5 - Sweetland Hall, which opened in the fall of 2009, is our newest option for on-campus living. Pictured is the main lobby of Sweetland Hall.
Southwest Minnesota State University Photo #6 - Pictured is the lobby for the Foundation Residence Apartments. This living option is reserved for upperclassmen, and is completely apartment style.
Southwest Minnesota State University Photo #7 - Students enjoy the refreshing fall weather as they take a walk past our new Regional Event Center.
Southwest Minnesota State University Photo #8 - Even though SMSU is completely connected through hallways, skywalks, and tunnels, students are still able to enjoy the weather by taking advantage of our several courtyards on campus.
Southwest Minnesota State University Photo #9 - The Fitness Center is one of several amenities SMSU students can use for free with their Student ID.
Southwest Minnesota State University Photo #10 - Students enjoy the Homecoming parade which cuts through downtown Marshall, MN.
Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university offering a high quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare you for a life that is successful both personally and professionally. SMSU offers four master's programs in addition to its 43 undergraduate programs. Our campus, located in Marshall, MN, has completely inter-connected academic buildings, covers 216 acres, and has seen over $130 million spent on campus enhancements over the past 7 years. If you are looking for a campus that offers small class sizes (average 27!), big opportunities (99% placement!), for a minimal cost (all students receive in-state tuition!), then contact us and find out why SMSU is where you belong!

School Overview:

Southwest Minnesota State University
CountyLyon County, MN
Title IV EligibleYes
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level4 or more years
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
143 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment6,781 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
2,505 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
4,276 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
6,359 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
422 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted70%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)440-525450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)420-540460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)410-500440-570
ACT English (25-75%)17-2319-25
ACT Math (25-75%)18-2418-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)19-2420-25

School Notes:

  • The Southwest Minnesota State University provides high quality liberal arts, professional, and technical programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Southwest Minnesota State University is dedicated to excellence in teaching and to preparing students to be life-long learners in a changing global, social, and natural environment. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of people in its service region. This commitment is reflected in the curricula, cultural enrichment programs, cooperative relationships with other regional institutions, and in service and research contributions to both the public and private sectors of the region.
  • Outstanding facilities include the SMSU Library, Planetarium, Student Center and Conference Centers, and the Recreation/Athletic Facility, which features a fieldhouse with seating for 4,0000, al multi-purpose room, and a weight-training and fitness room.
  • The campus of Southwest Minnesota State University is located in Marshall, Minnesota (population 13,446), a growth center in the 19-county, southwestern Minnesota area with a regional population of approximately 250,000. Students enjoy the comforts of a medium sized city, with many amentiies found in larger areas.  Marshall has positioned itself for growth over the next few years with the addition of the Southwest Amateur Sports Center and the Minnesota Emergency Response and Industrial Training center construction and expansion. 

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