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

SMSU Today


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Marcy Olson

50th Anniversary Book Wins CASE Award

Published: 12-03-2018

Southwest Minnesota State University's 50th anniversary coffee table book, The Southwest Story, as told by the Mustang Family, has been recognized ...

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Some of SMSU's American Sign Lasnguage Club members

Got an Interest? There's a Club or Organization You Can Join

Published: 11-26-2018

     "My favorite part of belonging to our club is being a part of a community that has the same interest as I do. We are like ...

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Dr. Stephen Kingsbury

Competition Being Held to Create Alma Mater at SMSU

Published: 11-13-2018

A competition to create an SMSU Alma Mater will be held in the coming months, and is open to everyone — especially those with ties to SMSU. "...

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Cassie Williams

Cassie Williams Embraces Her Busy Life Both On, Off Campus

Published 10-31-2018

"I am a mother, wife, and educator who is determined to pursue my passion for writing in the midst of living a multifaceted life," is the way Cassie J. Williams describes herself and her work as a wife, mother, poet and SMSU Academic Support Specialist. Although busy, she passionately pursue...

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