Since Southwest Minnesota State University was established in 1967, the following is a bucket list of "67" things every new Mustang should do their first year at SMSU to make the most out of their college experience!

  1. Follow the Office of Student Success on Twitter (@SMSUSuccess)
  2. Participate in Gold Rush Days August 18th-21st and complete your passport
  3. Receive your official University welcome by attending convocation on Friday, August 19th
  4. Check your SMSU email daily
  5. Read Student Health 101’s Orientation Issue and sign up to receive SH 101 via text message – text “SMSU” to 40691 (standard text message rates may apply)
  6. Sit in the front row of at least one of your classes
  7. Identify at least one faculty or staff member at SMSU you can go to in time of need
  8. Make a new friend and introduce yourself to another student in one of your classes
  9. Stop by the Club & Organization Fair on Wednesday, August 31st from 11am-1pm in the upper SC
  10. Sign up for SMSU Alerts to receive emergency, safety, and weather announcements via text message
  11. Attend Career Services' part-time job fair from 2-4pm on Wednesday, August 31st in the Bellows Academic Quad (inclement weather location - upper SC)
  12. Review the Resource Guide for Mustang Success on the Office of Student Success website and highlight support services that you would benefit from
  13. Attend the 4th annual Mustang Success Night on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30pm in the upper CC
  14. Investigate potential scholarship opportunities on the Financial Aid website
  15. Tailgate at a Mustang football game with friends
  16. Go mini-golfing, ride the go-carts, or play in the arcade at Dickies BBQ
  17. Seek assistance from a tutor in the Academic Commons in IL 224 or stop by to learn about online tutoring options with Smarthinking LTI
  18. Take your picture with our mascot Stanger
  19. Check SMSU Today for the latest news and announcements and make it your homepage
  20. Invite your family members to participate in SMSU Family Weekend on September 16th-18th
  21. Grab some candy at the SMSU Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 1st
  22. Utilize the Speech Center in BA 511 to prep for an upcoming speech and/or presentation
  23. Chance your luck at Residence Life’s annual Casino Night  on Thursday, December 1st
  24. Attend a monthly program put on by your Resident Assistant (RA)
  25. Join an intramural team and take a team photo
  26. Play Frisbee Golf on SMSU’s Frisbee Golf Course
  27. Verify your major or find a career path by taking the FOCUS assessment on the Career Services website
  28. Study at The Coffeehouse and indulge in some Starbucks coffee
  29. Visit a professor during their office hours to discuss your grade and see how you can improve
  30. Go to bed before 10pm at least one night each week
  31. Ride the Marshall Area Transit for free with your SMSU ID
  32. Check out the trails in the ADM & SMSU Environmental Learning Area
  33. Meet with your Academic Advisor 3+ times a semester (not just on Advising Day)
  34. Attend a Student Activities Committee (SAC) event
  35. Check out our Center for Civic Engagement in BA 239 and volunteer five hours in the community
  36. Use your Mustang ID for a discount at a local business
  37. Visit local state parks and discover nature
  38. Attend an event sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  39. Meet with a tutor in the Writing Center  in BA 527 to proofread your paper
  40. Complete a job shadow in an area of interest
  41. Show your school spirit and participate in a Brown & Gold Friday
  42. Attend an SMSU Theatre/Music performance
  43. Achieve perfect class attendance at least one semester
  44. Try a food you’ve never eaten before in the Residential Restaurant
  45. Join at least one on-campus club or organization (more is encouraged)
  46. Go sledding at Independence Park
  47. See a show in the SMSU Planetarium
  48. Take a picture with our SMSU Student Body President and attend a Student Association meeting
  49. Take the initiative and form a study group in one of your classes
  50. Discuss career opportunities/job outlook with a counselor in Career Services in BA 156
  51. Take a selfie with SMSU President – Connie J. Gores (@PrezGores)
  52. Participate in the Nearly Naked Mile during Winter Meltdown Week
  53. Utilize a study room in the McFarland Library
  54. Apply for a student leadership role on campus
  55. Go ice-skating at the Red Baron Arena
  56. Dress up in Hawaiian gear and attend the Mustang basketball games on Hawaiian Night
  57. Eat a panino downtown at Extra Innings – Varsity Pub
  58. Visit the William Whipple Art Gallery and be inspired
  59. Take a picture on spring break wearing SMSU gear
  60. See a movie at the Marshall 6 Theatre
  61. Create an account on and explore available internship opportunities
  62. Expand your taste buds and attend the SMSU International Food Festival
  63. Take a summer class at SMSU to get ahead (or perhaps catch up)
  64. Relieve end of the semester stress and attend a Finish Strong Week activity April 24-30th
  65. Make the Dean’s list at least once your freshman year
  66. Take a joy ride on the bike paths around the City of Marshall
  67. Register for Fall 2017 semester classes
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