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Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) is actively engaged in applying and monitoring the standards of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  The Assessment Academy Team, the Committee for Institutional Assessment, the Liberal Education Program Committee, the Student Affairs and Academic Affairs faculty and staff, and the Administration collaborate to strategically implement the accreditation standards into SMSU’s operational enterprise.

For more information about the Higher Learning Commission visit their website:

For more information on SMSU's recent reaccreditation process visit:

Campus Security Report

Pursuant to the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act, SMSU monitors criminal activity, publishes this report, and maintains a three - year statistical history for the main campus and at off campus property or facilities owned or leased by SMSU. Download the report here.

Diversity of Enrollment

SMSU’s Fall 2017 degree-seeking undergraduate enrollment was 2,122. The percentage of students of color grew to an all-time high of 13.4%. Over the past five years SMSU’s enrollment of students of color has grown by 20.3% points. International student enrollment was over 6% for Fall 2017. SMSU’s enrollment has been 58% Female and 42% Male consistently over the past five years.

38.3% of SMSU’s Fall 2016 federal cohort were Pell eligible. In addition, 47.2% of the Fall 2016 federal cohort were first generation.

Retention Rates

The Fall 2016 Federal Cohort (full-time/first-time) retention rate dipped from an historic average of 67% to 59.9%. Domestic student retention was 67.3% for the Fall 2016 Federal Cohort. Historically, New Fall Entering Cohorts have averaged a Fall to 1st Spring retention of 87.1%. Fall retention has averaged 67%. The part-time rate was 50%

Retention for Transfer students was 74.2% for the Fall 2016 cohort. Part-time retention for that cohort was 66.7%.

Graduation and Transfer Rates

The Fall 2010 federal cohort had a 50.0% graduation rate. The 4-year transfer out rate was 20.6%. SMSU’s licensure exam passage rate for the Teacher Education programs was 78.5% for the most recent monitoring year.

Persistence data can be found here:

Student Right-To-Know completion information:

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Gainful Employment

Gainful employment pages provide student consumer information and gainful employment disclosures for qualifying certificate programs, including program length, estimated cost of completion, median loan debt, and on-time completion rates.

Net-Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is a tool for students and parents to use to get an estimate of what it may cost to attend Southwest Minnesota State University. The information you receive from the calculator is an estimate of costs and financial aid.

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Click here for more information regarding the Net-Price Calculator and estimating Financial Aid.

Disability Services

SMSU Disability Services provides services, advocacy and accommodations to students with documented disabilities in their academic program or to access university programs, facilities and/or activities upon request. View here information on Disability Services

Web Accessibility Statement

SMSU’s Web Office strives to ensure that the University website meets current accessibility standards.

Last Modified: 3/23/20 4:44 PM