Southwest Minnesota State University

2014 Quick Stats
1501 State Street

Marshall, MN 56258

Phone: (507) 537-7021
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Sep. 1
application deadline

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Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Southwest Minnesota State University is a public institution that was founded in 1963. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,388, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 216 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Southwest Minnesota State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,280 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $8,280 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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 has grown into a university of choice with high national rankings, producing scholars who become the leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs of the future. Students and faculty alike come here to engage in the rich "Southwest Experience," which starts with strong academics, fulfilling social opportunities and support from fellow Mustangs. We invite you to visit SMSU and to experience for yourself all that it has to offer.
The mission of Southwest State University is to provide high quality liberal arts, professional, and technical programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Southwest 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.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1963
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $2,798,000


When applying to Southwest Minnesota State University, it's important to note the application deadline is September 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 31. The application fee at Southwest Minnesota State University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.4%
Application deadline September 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Southwest Minnesota State University is 17:1, and the school has 43.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Southwest Minnesota State University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Finance, General; Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General; and Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 22%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 19%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6%
Finance, General 5%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 5%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 4%

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Student Life

Southwest Minnesota State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,388, with a gender distribution of 40.5 percent male students and 59.5 percent female students. At this school, 33 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 67 percent of students live off campus. Southwest Minnesota State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,819
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Southwest Minnesota State University offers a number of student services including women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Southwest Minnesota State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Southwest Minnesota State University, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Southwest Minnesota State University, 70.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,138.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,280 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $8,280 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,146 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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