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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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2021 Commencement

2021 Commencement

SMSU is hosting a limited, in-person commencement on Saturday, May 8. Learn more about the celebration for the Class of 2021.

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President’s Regional Scholars

President’s Regional Scholars

Meet the recipients of the 2021 President’s Regional Scholars Full-Ride Awards!

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South Dakota Scholarship

South Dakota Scholarship

Calling all South Dakota students! If you are taking at least one dual credit class, you might be eligible for this ADDITIONAL SMSU scholarship. Click here to see if you qualify!

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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 - Bryan Peralta Garces
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


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SMSU Commencement May 8 in R/A Facility

Published: 04-27-2021

Southwest Minnesota State University will hold its 53rd Commencement on Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in the R/A Facility on campus. It is also the 50...

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SMSU Ranked 3rd Nationally as Military Spouse Friendly® School

Published: 04-30-2021

Southwest Minnesota State University has been ranked third nationally as a Military Spouse Friendly® School. Institutions earning the Military...

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SMSU Early Childhood Education Program Ranked No. 1 in State

Published: 04-30-2021

The Southwest Minnesota State University Early Childhood Education Program has been ranked No. 1 in Minnesota by PLEXUSS. PLEXUSS is an education t...

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Ben Nwachukwu

Ben Nwachukwu is SMSU's 'Answer Man'

Published 03-25-2021

If Ben Nwachukwu had a nickname, it would be "The Answer Man." An SMSU alumnus, Nwachukwu works in the IT Department at SMSU, as an Information Tech Specialist 2. The title does little to explain what he does on a daily basis, and how he makes life easier for the entire Mustang Family. "I manage ...

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