Southwest Minnesota State University

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School Overview

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.

Southwest Minnesota State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (507) 537-7678
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1501 State St, Marshall, MN 56258-5468
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 7,058
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 45%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,603 (79% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,874
Out-of-state Tuition: $8,874
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,585

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Southwest Minnesota State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 14
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 251
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 4173
English Language and Literature/Letters 4
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 2
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Personal and Culinary Services 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 2
Social Sciences 2
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Grand total 44574

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Southwest Minnesota State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,874
Out-of-state $8,874
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,190
Out-of-state $8,190

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 328 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 317 94% $5,585
Student loan aid 238 70% $7,324

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,555 23% $5,641
Federal student loans 1,179 18% $6,328

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Southwest Minnesota State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Southwest Minnesota State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,245 999 1,246
Percent admitted 100% 65% 64%
Percent admitted who enrolled 13% 14% 13%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Southwest Minnesota State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 7,058
Undergraduate enrollment 6,636
Graduate enrollment 422

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Southwest Minnesota State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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