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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.

Let your curiosity lead to discovery. Find out what you can learn and who you can be. Connect with a vibrant campus community both in and out of the classroom. Learn to lead, blending your passions with knowledge and skill, giving you the confidence to make a difference at SMSU and beyond.

We invite you to visit SMSU and to discover the possibilities.

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Virtual Campus Experience

Virtual Campus Experience

See what SMSU is all about by checking out our new Virtual Campus Experience. You’ll hear our faculty, staff, students and alumni talk about their southwest stories. Your next step is coming to campus and seeing it for yourself!

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Graduate Call-In Sessions

Graduate Call-In Sessions

Want to learn more about SMSU’s graduate programs? Schedule a call-in session today!

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SMSU Mustangs App

SMSU Mustangs App

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SOUTHWEST STORIES

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Background - Erin Richardson
Erin Richardson

Erin Richardson

Senior

"I transferred to SMSU because I wanted to be at a smaller school with a more comfortable learning environment. The professors (at SMSU) have been really great and I have had an opportunity for a more personalized education. "

Hometown

Tracy, MN

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Charlie Vang

Charlie Vang

Junior

"“The professors at SMSU are really dedicated in their work. They really care for you personally and they also have an open-door policy where you can go in and talk to them about class-related work or just about your personal life. As a student I am really appreciative to that support and dedication that they have to my education.”"

Hometown

Walnut Grove, MN

Background - Avianna McFarquhar
Avianna McFarquhar

Avianna McFarquhar

Senior

"My dream is to one day be on Broadway and SMSU is helping me achieve that goal because I have been learning about everything that surrounds Theatre -- not only just acting but sound design, lighting, and costume construction. And I know through hard work I will be able to achieve it one day. "

Hometown

Marshall, MN

SMSU Today

THE SOURCE FOR CAMPUS NEWS & EVENTS!

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.

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LATEST NEWS

Nadine Schmidt

Nadine Schmidt Has Lead in Virtual Concert Play Reading; Play Deals With Minimum Wage Issues

Published: 01-27-2021

Southwest Minnesota State University Theatre Professor Nadine Schmidt will have the lead role in an upcoming virtual concert reading of a play enti...

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SMSU Nursing Program Ranked by Nursing Schools Almanac

Published: 12-15-2020

Southwest Minnesota State University is ranked in the top 100 Best Nursing Programs in the Plains, 2020, by Nursing Schools Almanac. NursingSchools...

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Isatu Shirek

Isatu Shirek Working with Pioneer Public TV to Tell Stories

Published: 12-17-2020

Isatu Shirek has stories to tell. And she's getting that opportunity at Pioneer Public Television in Granite Falls, Minn. Shirek is a sophomore Com...

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MUSTANGS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Dr. Jeff Kolnick

Dr. Jeff Kolnick Inaugural MLK Humanitarian Award Recipient

Published 01-12-2021

Southwest Minnesota State University Professor of History Dr. Jeff Kolnick, a tireless advocate of inclusion, equity and underrepresented populations, is the first recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. The award is presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He will...

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