President's Office

President Gores


Greetings and welcome to Southwest Minnesota State University!

Greetings and Welcome to Southwest Minnesota State University


SMSU has been committed to creating a vibrant, high-quality environment since we first opened our doors 50 years ago. We challenge our students to explore new ideas; we encourage our students to dream big and set high goals; and we help our students develop the skills to meet the complex challenges of this century.


What does this mean for our graduates? It means success! Our graduates have the highest employment rates in the Minnesota State system and are accepted to some of the finest graduate schools in the country (99 percent are employed or in graduate school), as reported by the class of 2016; our alumni giving rate is the highest of any public institution in Minnesota; our faculty and staff giving rate is among the highest in the system; and our student-athletes have been recognized by the NCAA with the Civic Engagement Award.


We have been recognized for affordability, value and excellence by a number of organizations in recent years:


         SMSU is ranked 65th nationally by MBA Today for Most Affordable Online MBA Programs for 2018;


         SMSU is ranked 12th, 22nd and 25th in the nation for Best Value for Students from Taiwan, Nepal and Nigeria, respectively, by College Factual;


         SMSU has been ranked fifth among institutions in the state for affordable online degree programs by AC Online;


SMSU was honored as a top college for teacher education in the Online College Database ranking, “Top Colleges in Minnesota Shaping the Next Generation.”


         SMSU was the highest-ranked four-year Minnesota State institution for Best Lifetime Return on Investment by AC Online;


         SMSU is a Military Friendly School and a Yellow Ribbon Business, honors earned for our support of veterans, current military and their families;


         SMSU was one off 12 state institutions to earn the “20-30 Club” designation by The College Database, recognizing SMSU for having an annual tuition rate below $20,000 and new graduates who earn more than 30,000 annually.


How do we do this? We focus our efforts on three themes: academic excellence and distinctiveness; student learning and success; and meaningful partnerships and engagement. We transform the lives of our students and enhance their educational experiences.


I invite you to explore our academic programs; learn more about how our students are making a difference at the University and in the community; read about the exciting accomplishments of our students, faculty and alumni; and discover why SMSU is “Where You Belong.”


Warm Regards,



Dr. Connie J Gores


Founders Hall 207

Phone: (507) 537-6272

Fax: (507) 537-6241


Executive Administrative Assistant
Chris Anderson
Founders Hall, 209
Phone: (507) 537-6272
Fax: (507) 537-6241

Mailing Address
President’s Office
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258-1598

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