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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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Mustang Family Weekend

Mustang Family Weekend

Join in the fun on the weekend of September 20-22, 2019 when parents, siblings, grandparents, and family members come to SMSU to have fun with their student and experience campus with them.

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2019 Homecoming!

2019 Homecoming!

The time-honored tradition of “Homecoming” continues to be a favorite event for many SMSU Alumni. Cheer on the Mustangs, reminisce with old friends, revisit old hangouts, renew past connections or make new ones with other alumni.

Mustangs Unite Here

Mustang Saturdays

Mustang Saturdays

Can’t get here during the week? Check out our Mustang Saturdays and find one that works in your weekend schedule. Did you know you can get a free ticket to an SMSU Football game? Find out how!

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Family Weekend (Sep. 20-22)

September 20, 2019

RHA's Family Weekend Event

September 21, 2019

Chemistry Club Reaction Show

September 21, 2019

Family Weekend - Alumni Exhibit

September 21, 2019


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Background - Kayleigh Karppinen
Kayleigh Karppinen

Kayleigh Karppinen

'08 Alum


"Graduating from SMSU means that I have a face to go with the names of most of my classmates. I also learned that leaving a good impression on others can have a long-lasting impact."


Minnetonka, MN


Human Resource Generalist, Opportunity Partners

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

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

SMSU Today


SMSU Today is the source for University feature stories, news, announcements, and events on campus. Follow @SMSUToday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for information on the go.




President Jayasuriya

President Jayasuriya Addresses University Community

Published: 08-23-2019

With an underlying theme of Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" weaved throughout, SMSU President Kumara Jayasuriya laid out his vision and plans for SMSU ...

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SMSU Ranked 7th Nationally for Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees

Published: 08-28-2019

Southwest Minnesota State University has been ranked No. 7 in the country for its affordable bachelor's degrees by Best Value Schools. SMSU is the ...

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Brooke Struwe

Internship Helps Brooke Struwe Find Her Passion

Published: 08-05-2019

Brooke Struwe, senior Communications Studies major from Estelline, S.D., is gaining real-world experience at her internship this summer with the Un...

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Val Dallenbach

Val Dallenbach Helps Keep Students Healthy

Published 08-28-2019

Val Dallenbach, Director of Student Health Services at SMSU, said the start of each semester is usually very busy. "Sports physicals primarily," she said. "It's economical - $20 - and the students have 30 days to pay." Her office is located in Bellows Academic 158. The hours are Monday through Fr...

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