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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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Coronavirus COVID-19

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Information for the SMSU campus on the Coronavirus COVID-19.

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Graduate Call-In Sessions

Graduate Call-In Sessions

Interested in grad programs at SMSU? Want to ask questions and hear answers? Join us for one of our call-in sessions. The next is February 26, 4-6pm. Discover what's beyond your bachelor's.


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Memorial Day

May 25, 2020


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Background - Charlie Vang
Charlie Vang

Charlie Vang


"“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.”"


Walnut Grove, MN

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Avianna McFarquhar

Avianna McFarquhar


"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. "


Marshall, MN

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Bryan Peralta Garces

Bryan Peralta Garces


"I am active in the United States Army Reserve and often times I have to miss class. But at SMSU, the professors are flexible with my schedule which allows me to be a full-time student and fulfill my military obligations."


Farmington, MN

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.




SMSU Spring Break Extended; Classes Resume March 30

Published: 03-12-2020

Southwest Minnesota State University will extend its spring break through March 29, with classes resuming March 30, in an effort to limit the sprea...

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Olga Reuvekamp

Applicatins for MARL Class XI Being Accepted

Published: 03-27-2020

The application deadline for Class XI of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program is April 24, and program Executive Director ...

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SMSU Ranked No. 1 in Nation By Military Friendly® School

Published: 02-11-2020

 Southwest Minnesota State University's commitment to veterans and their families has been rewarded with a No. 1 national ranking by Military ...

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Don Stanwick

Director of Dining Services Stanwick Appreciates 'Mustang Spirit'

Published 03-27-2020

Little did Don Stanwick know then, but that first food service job busing tables at Tony's Pizza in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as a 15-yer-old would be a springboard to a career in the industry. His various positions have taken him to every state but Alaska, and to this day, the food industry still...

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