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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Junior Day

Junior Day

This open house event is the perfect opportunity to learn about everything that SMSU has to offer and begin your success story! Seniors are also welcome to attend.

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The 2018 Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the RA Facility. From your degree check to line-up rooms and everything in between, all the information and critical dates you need to know are posted on the commencement page.

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50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary

SMSU is 50 years old!! Join us in celebrating during the 2017-18 academic year.

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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.




Steve Binder

Alumnus Steve Binder to Give Commencement Address

Published: 04-16-2018

SMSU alumnus Steve Binder will be the speaker at the 2018 Commencement at Southwest Minnesota State University on May 5 at 10 a.m. in the R/A Facil...

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Mu Mu Aye

Mu Mu Aye Earns World Citizen Award

Published: 04-20-2018

SMSU senior Mu Mu Aye recently received a $500 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award through the Minnesota State system. She was one of 20 students in...

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Jessica Bentley

Jessica Bentley Honored with Professional Excellence Award

Published: 04-12-2018

Jessica Bentley, the Assistant Director of Residential Life at Southwest Minnesota State University, has been selected as the university's honoree ...

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Christine Olson is Cowan Award Winner

Published 04-18-2018

Little did Christine Olson know that the seeds of her broader world view were planted as a child growing up in Brazil, and later at the family dinner table in New Jersey. "Dad was raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota, went on to military service and was ultimately involved in world relief efforts ...

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