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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New Student Registration

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Instate Tuition

Instate Tuition

SMSU does NOT charge out-of-state tuition! All students pay the same tuition rate. Take between 12-18 credits and your tuition rate doesn't change, you only pay the 12 credit rate!

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Graduate Studies Open House

Graduate Studies Open House

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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 - Michael Walker
Michael Walker

Michael Walker

'98 Alum

Physical Education: Teaching

"My SMSU professors were committed to my success and went the extra mile to ensure I was taking care of business. Athletic participation in basketball also helped me develop dedication, determination, and drive – qualities that transfer to the workplace."


Minneapolis, MN


Director, Office of Black Male Student Achievement, Minneapolis Public Schools

Background - Andrea Kopfmann
Andrea Kopfmann

Andrea Kopfmann

'07 Alum

Speech Communications: Radio/TV

"I learned to work toward deadlines and honed my organizational and professional skills. Many of my SMSU friends are still a part of my life. I had a blast at SMSU; it really fit my personality."


St. Paul, MN


Director of Campaigns & Partnerships, Give MN

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From left: Justin Guggisberg, and Veteran's Club members Ottena Pfannschmidt, John Irwin and Joseph Schmitt

Veterans Resource Center a Special Place on Campus

Published: 12-18-2018

"Everyone seems to have an idea what a veteran is like or should be, but we don't fit into just one category," said Joseph Schmitt, a U.S. Navy vet...

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Dr. Bill Pavot

Are You Happy? Dr. Bill Pavot Can Explain Why

Published: 12-14-2018

The holiday season seems to buoy the spirits of many. They're just happier, it seems. And if there's someone who can tell you about happiness, it's...

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Emily Daniels

Daniels: Finding Balance Key to College Success

Published: 12-13-2018

 Busy SMSU students often find themselves with a full plate, and managing all the demands is a key to a successful college career. Whether the...

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Lee French

Lee French: A Professor and a Researcher

Published 12-13-2018

"SMSU is a great school that is beneficial to students who don't like large class sizes but enjoy hands-on research opportunities," said Lee French, SMSU Assistant Professor of Agronomy. Although SMSU has played a major role in French's life, he has a diverse background in research and education....

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