Where you belong!

Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university located in Marshall, Minnesota. We offer a high-quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare you for a life that is successful both personally and professionally.

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. SMSU truly is where you belong!

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Graduate Studies Information Meetings

Graduate Studies Information Meetings

Mark your calendar!  We will be hosting informational CALL-IN sessions about our graduate programs.

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Commencement 2019

Commencement 2019

The 2019 Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the RA Facility. From your degree check to line-up rooms and everything in between, all the information and critical dates you need to know are posted on the commencement page.

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Find the Program For You

Find the Program For You

SMSU offers 55+ majors, 5 associates and 5 graduate degrees for you to customize your academic career.

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Background - Bruce Saugstad
Bruce Saugstad

Bruce Saugstad

'89 Alum

Computer Science

"My professors prepared me for my career. I met my wife and other life-long friends. As a captain of the football team, I learned leadership qualities, time management, and the value of hard work and persistence."


Marshall, MN


Senior Vice President & General Manager Ice Cream Division, Schwan’s Company

Background - Clare Duwelius
Clare Duwelius

Clare Duwelius

'14 Alum

Master of Business Administration: Leadership

"I feel that the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in Business Administration from SMSU allowed me to chase my dream of finding a sports management career path that has been truly satisfying. I hope to lend guidance and assist with the development of young women and men who also have a vision and belief in their abilities to make a difference in their chosen field, just as I was afforded in my years at SMSU. "


Minneapolis, MN


Assistant General Manager – Minnesota Lynx

Background - Isiah Whitlock
Isiah Whitlock

Isiah Whitlock

'76 Alum

Speech Communications: Theater Arts

"Southwest prepared me. When I went to get my master’s at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, I look back and think the professors at Southwest were just as good as those I’ve met anywhere, and I’m even talking New York. Southwest was a wonderful place for me."


New York, NY


Professional Actor

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Brenna Kramer and Marco Gacke do research at Bluebird Creek

Ghent Bluebird Creek Conservation Club Donates Land to SMSU Foundation for Environmental Classroom

Published: 04-01-2019

Bluebird Creek Conservation Club of Ghent has donated 48 acres of natural prairie land to the SMSU Foundation, to be used as an environmental class...

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Kate Borowske

Kate Borowske: Curiosity is the Key to Learning

Published: 04-16-2019

"The main thing is curiosity. If you don't give life to curiosity, you haven't done your job."  This quote by Edward Robinson gave Kate Borows...

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Campus Compact Winners: Bible, Deaver, Thomas

Published: 04-05-2019

Three individuals have been selected to receive Campus Compact Presidents' Awards at Southwest Minnesota State University. The three, and their awa...

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Michele Knife Sterner

Michele Knife Sterner is Cowan Award Recipient

Published 04-16-2019

Michele Knife Sterner, whose family lineage can be traced to the early years of Southwest Minnesota State University, is the 2019 recipient of the Cowan Award. The award goes to a faculty or staff member who has made great contributions to SMSU and the region. It is named in honor of Catherine Co...

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