University Parking Facilities

SMSU Public Safety
Founders Hall Lower Level, 537-7252

Parking Lots:

Southwest Minnesota State University maintains nine paved and two gravel parking lots for students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Permits are required in these lots from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. in all lots during the academic school year. Parking spaces designated “Specific Reserved”, “General Reserved”, “Visitor Parking” and “Handicap” require the appropriate parking permits 24-hours per day every day of the week.

Visitor passes can be obtained for visitors to campus at either the University Public Safety Office (FH Lower Level) or the Information Desk in the lobby of Founders Hall.

Parking spaces are divided into three categories: regular, general reserved and specific reserved. General reserved are reserved spots by color for any places with that color. Specific reserved are reserved by color and number and are for that spot only.

Regular permits and general and specific reserved may park in any other unmarked spot. Handicap stalls are available in each lot also.

The RA Lot has both a paved and a gravel section. Both sections are continuous and therefore fall under the same parking enforcement regulations.

There is no parking in either of the sections of the RA Lot between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. seven days per week.

Street Parking:

Parking spaces are available on four of the six streets surrounding the school. All are permit parking only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of Birch Street which is two hour parking. Visitor permits are also valid for these spots.

Wefald Drive is 10 minute parking only, 24 hours a day.

McLaughlin Drive allows you to park without a permit except from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. year around.

A snow emergency route is in effect for Birch Street and Mustang Trail from November 1st to April 1st. This means there is no parking on these streets from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on these days, and during a snow emergency (generally 3” or more) vehicles will be towed from Birch Street only.

Any questions or concerns regarding parking may be directed to the SMSU Public Safety Office at 537-7252 or stop in the lower level of Founders Hall.

Last Modified: 3/1/17 4:51 PM