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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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Join Us for Mustang Days!

Join Us for Mustang Days!

Come visit us! This open house event is the perfect opportunity to discover why SMSU is Where You Belong!

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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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The Mustang Promise

The Mustang Promise

SMSU sets itself apart from other colleges with our Mustang Promise. We’re so confident in the relevance, quality, and value of our students’ education that we guarantee they will find a job within six months of graduation.

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EVENTS

Mustang Days (Oct 17-18)

October 17, 2019

Mustang Days (Oct 17-18)

October 18, 2019

SMSU VB vs. BSU

October 18, 2019

SMSU VB vs. UMC

October 19, 2019

SMSU SUCCESS STORIES

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Background - Kayleigh Karppinen
Kayleigh Karppinen

Kayleigh Karppinen

'08 Alum

Sociology

"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."

Location

Minnetonka, MN

Occupation

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."

Location

St. Paul, MN

Occupation

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."

Location

Minneapolis, MN

Occupation

Director, Office of Black Male Student Achievement, Minneapolis Public Schools

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

Mike Bjerkesett

Bjerkesett Gifts $1.5 Million to SMSU Foundation

Published: 10-09-2019

The late Mike Bjerkesett, a pioneer of handicap accessible housing and a 1971 Charter Class alumnus of Southwest Minnesota State University, has gi...

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The Homecoming parade will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 12

SMSU ‘Mustangs Unite’ Homecoming at SMSU Oct. 7-13

Published: 09-27-2019

Mustang alumni will converge on Marshall for Homecoming 2019 at Southwest Minnesota State University, which will be held Oct. 7-13 with a theme of ...

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Cheryl Glaeser, MARL Class VII

Cheryl Glaeser, MARL Class VII, Helping Rural Leaders Find Their Voice

Published: 10-13-2019

Note: This is part of a series of articles about Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) alumni leading up to the 20th anniversary o...

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MUSTANGS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

GMW Wayne Mitzner Has Seen Much of SMSU's History

Published 09-17-2019

Wayne Mitzner was in a retrospective mood. "You know, it just goes by so fast," said the SMSU General Maintenance Worker (GMW), who retired on Sept. 17 after 39 years and 8 months at Southwest Minnesota State University. That's just about 77 percent of the life of the institution. "I always said ...

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