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Southwest Minnesota State University

1501 State St, Marshall, MN

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SMSU, a public institution, offers a variety of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Marshall, Minnesota, it offers a rural setting for students to study in. Nearly six thousand students enroll at SMSU per year.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs SMSU offers:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Most students at SMSU scored within the range of 19 - 24 on the ACT. SMSU accepts approximately 80% of applicants annually. Of those applicants accepted, nearly 35% enrolled. More information on admissions can be found at smsu.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $8,500 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should use the school's tuition calculator to identify their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing may be available for students that would like to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $4,600 for the year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Southwest Minnesota State University offers a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)

Students who would like to see more about Southwest Minnesota State University can visit their website at www.smsu.edu.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the candidates Southwest Minnesota State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Southwest Minnesota State University is around 7,300 students. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 6% enrolling as graduate students and 94% as undergraduate students.

$14,800

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $20 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $7,900 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • Part time students pay in the range of $230 to $280 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid94%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships88%$4,321
Receiving Student Loans74%$7,503
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Southwest Minnesota State University may provide services including:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

Southwest Minnesota State University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 43%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years22%
Graduating in 5 Years18%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1986)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2015)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2015)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Southwest Minnesota State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
  • Basketball (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
  • Football (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Southwest Minnesota State University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Natural Resources and Conservation

    Personal and Culinary Services

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences

    Psychology

    Public Administration and Social Services

    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Security and Protective Services

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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    ACCEPTANCE RATE
    64.03%

    FINANCIAL AID RATE
    94%

    STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
    28:1

    FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
    $4,701