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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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Hawaiian Night Open House

Hawaiian Night Open House

Come visit SMSU where it's always sunny and 72 degrees inside our interconnected campus! Beat the cold and plan to attend SMSU's next open house event. Hawaiian Night is the perfect opportunity to learn about everything that SMSU.

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Graduate Program Call-In Sessions

Graduate Program Call-In Sessions

Mark your calendar!  We will be hosting informational CALL-IN sessions. Find out when and rsvp today!


Mustang Promise

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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Student Recital

December 11, 2019

Instrumental Masterclass

December 11, 2019

Holiday Bacchanal

December 12, 2019


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Background - Kayleigh Karppinen
Kayleigh Karppinen

Kayleigh Karppinen

'08 Alum


"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."


Minnetonka, MN


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."


St. Paul, MN


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."


Minneapolis, MN


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

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.




Molly Wiste, Middle School Art Teacher of the Year

Alumna Molly Wiste is Middle School Art Teacher of the Year

Published: 11-26-2019

Art is a subject that can be intimidating to some. Molly Wiste will have none of it. "We are all creative beings, and we were all meant to create s...

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SMSU Ranked 6th Nationally in ‘30 Lowest Out-of-State Tuition Colleges and Universities’

Published: 11-21-2019

Southwest Minnesota State University is ranked 6th nationally in the "30 Lowest Out-of-State Tuition Colleges and Universities" for 2020 by Online-...

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President Kumara Jayasuriya

New Scholarship Program Announced by SMSU

Published: 11-07-2019

A new scholarship program created for high school students in southwest Minnesota has been announced by Southwest Minnesota State University. The P...

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Marianne Zarzana

Marianne Zarzana Prepares for New Chapter

Published 12-10-2019

"The plan was to stay at SMSU for three years," said Marianne Zarzana. The three turned into 30. And before you knew it, she is looking at retirement, and planning a major move with her husband, Jim, to South Bend, Indiana. "What kept us here? That's complicated, but I could not be more grateful....

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