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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.

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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 - Erin Lind
Erin Lind

Erin Lind

'01 Alum

Sports Management

"It’s not about what I learned in Accounting 101 or Sports Law, although I enjoyed my experience in the classroom. It’s the experiences I had that taught me how to handle adversity, how to manage my success and failures, and how to communicate with diverse groups. My experiences taught me to have the highest level of expectation for myself and others."


Burnsville, MN


NSIC Commissioner

Background - Isiah Whitlock
Isiah Whitlock

Isiah Whitlock

'76 Alum

Speech Communications: Theatre 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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SMSU Hosts Inaugural Agronomy Field Day

Published: 07-18-2019

The inaugural Agronomy Field Day on Thursday, July 18 was an opportunity to learn more about the "outdoor classroom" that gives Southwest Minnesota...

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Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya, SMSU's 10th permanent president

Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya is 10th SMSU President

Published: 06-30-2019

Southwest Minnesota State University's 10th permanent president, Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya, comes to the institution with a steadfast commitment to pub...

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Ashley Anderson

Agricultural Education Major Ashley Anderson One of Six to Earn MAELC Internship

Published: 07-17-2019

Ashley Anderson, a senior Agriculture Education major from Glenwood, Minn., is using her summer to gain hands-on experience in the classroom while ...

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Doug Simon

Simon One of Seven Selected for Army Fellowship

Published 06-21-2019

    "In the game of life, there are so many trophies to win and there are not enough people out there to win them, " Political Science Professor Doug Simon tells SMSU students. Although this lesson is important for students, it remains applicable for Simon's life, as well. He was r...

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