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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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Online Degrees

Online Degrees

Earn a degree online from SMSU. Our flexible programs provide the same support, resources, and curriculum as our on-campus programs.

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Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19

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

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Independence Day

July 04, 2020

Fall Semester Classes Begin

August 24, 2020


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Background - Erin Richardson
Erin Richardson

Erin Richardson


"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. "


Tracy, MN

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

Background - Avianna McFarquhar
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

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.




Pam Gladis

Undergraduate Research Journal 'Discovery' Started at SMSU

Published: 07-01-2020

An online undergraduate research journal, "Discovery," has been launched at Southwest Minnesota State University, which will allow undergraduate st...

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Clarene Hightower

Clarence Hightower ’77 Sees Shift in Attitudes Toward Policing, Racial Unity

Published: 06-16-2020

SMSU alumnus Clarence Hightower felt "outrage" when he first viewed the George Floyd video. "I did not understand how one officer could participate...

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SMSU Named Safest College Campus in Minnesota

Published: 04-21-2020

Southwest Minnesota State University has been named the 2020 "Safest College Campus in Minnesota" by b...

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Tony Nubile

Nubile, Physical Plant Employees Help Keep SMSU Running Smoothly

Published 05-29-2020

Facilities Director Tony Nubile had been on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University once before, in 2002, as a member of the Trinity Bible College (Ellendale, N.D.) basketball team. And while it's true he'd like to forget the results of that 98-44 thumping at the hands of the Mustangs ...

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SMSU Coronavirus COVID-19 Campus Information