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About Southwest Minnesota State University

Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university offering a high quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare you for a life that is successful both personally and professionally. SMSU has grown into a university of choice with high national rankings, producing scholars who become the leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs of the future.

Strong academics, fulfilling social activities, rewarding civic engagement projects, and support from fellow Mustangs in a close-knit environment mean you will get the education of a lifetime at a price that won’t take a lifetime to pay for. We invite you to visit SMSU and to see for yourself all that we have to offer.


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We're proud of our athletes' frequent successes as well as their Citizenship Awards and high GPAs (over 3.0). SMSU student-athletes have earned CoSIDA Academic All-America(R) honors 23 times in school history, 12 since 2009! SMSU has won 52 NSIC team, one NCAA national runner-up, three NCAA regional, and three NIWBT national championships. Four athletes have won individual national championships!



Southwest Minnesota State University is located in Marshall, Minnesota, a friendly growing community of 14,000+. Marshall, named one of America's Best Small Cities, is an easy drive from the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Sioux Falls SD and Fargo ND. Marshall is also the proud home of Schwan's Company, Ralco Nutrition, Action TrackChair, along with major employers USBank, Archer Daniels Midland, and Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center. Amenities in Marshall include 10 city parks and a state park just 10 minutes away. Over 40 miles of trails allow for year-round exploration of the city and the region on foot or on bike. A thriving downtown and a variety of local and chain restaurants make Marshall an ideal place to grow and thrive.

Students and faculty alike come to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall to explore and enjoy the abundant opportunities for learning, living, and leadership. It’s the perfect place to DISCOVER, ENGAGE, LEAD—whatever your interests are!

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