Southwest Minnesota State University

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Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU), located in Marshall, Minnesota, is a four-year university that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. The university is divided into two major colleges: the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences, and the College of Business, Education, and Professional Studies. SMSU is accredited by the North Central Association of College Schools. The university also has additional accreditations through the National Association of Schools of Music, Minnesota Board of Teaching, American Chemical Society and Council on Social Work Education.

In addition to supporting a Center for Rural and Regional Studies, SMSU provides undergraduate education in the liberal arts and professional studies for multiple areas, including Accounting, Agribusiness Management, Anthropology, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Culinology, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Science, Foreign Languages, Global Studies, History, Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Humanities, Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Justice Administration, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Rural and Regional Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Speech Communication, Theatre Arts, Wellness and Human Performance, and Women’s Studies with masters degrees in Business Management, Education, and Special Education; the most popular majors being Business Administration and Education.

Southwest Minnesota State University also offers a reputable MBA program that offers concentrations in marketing, leadership, and the general business administration studies. Onsite or online classes are available to students. Though the graduate school does not currently have a student senate, there is an MBA student organization that students can participate in. The undergraduate and graduate business programs give full access to The Southwest Marketing Advisory Center where actual business research is conducted.

General Information

Admission Office

1501 State Street

Marshall, MN 56258-1598

(507) 537-6286

(800) 642-0684

Fax: (507) 537-7154

Contact: LeAnn Thooft

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1501 State Street

Marshall, MN 56258-1598

(507) 537-7021

Total undergrads: 6,114

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 506

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,600

Graduate enrollment: 388


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: $20

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 72%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 69%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations A,B
Food Science B
Soil Science and Agronomy B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music Management/Merchandising B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Ecology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,B
Business Administration/Management A,B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Marketing Management A,B
Nonprofit Management B
Restaurant/Food Services Management B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Technology B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Speech Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Fire Services Administration B
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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