Traffic and Parking

Parking Lots

Southwest Minnesota State University maintains a total of twelve 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 (unless otherwise indicated by signage) during the academic school year. Visitor passes can be obtained for visitors to campus at either the University Public Safety Office (basement of Founders Hall) or the Information Desk in the lobby of Founder’s 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, BA/PE and SS Lots are the only gravel lots on campus. The following rules apply:
  • RA Lot – Paid permit required beginning Monday 8:00a.m thru Friday 4:30p.m. (includes overnight).
  • SS Lot – Paid permit required class days 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
  • BA/PE – Paid permit required 6:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. daily. No parking 4:30p.m. to 6:00a.m. due to its status as a special event lot.

Street Parking

Parking spaces are available on three of the five streets surrounding the school. All are permit parking only from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.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 24 hours a day.

A snow emergency route is in effect for Birch Street, Mustang Trail, Stadium Drive and State Street North from November 1st to April 1st. This means there is no parking on these streets from 1:00a.m. to 7:00a.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 University Public Safety office at 507-537-7252 or stop in the basement of Founders Hall.

Last Modified: 2/9/17 10:33 AM