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Applying to SMSU

You are about to make your first step toward becoming a student at Southwest Minnesota State University. We are excited you have decided to apply for admission to our university.

Application Priority Deadline: March 1, 2020

  • Instructions for On-Campus Freshmen:

    • Complete application for admission
    • Self-Report your academic credentials (see below)
    • Send us an official high school transcript
    • Submit scores from the ACT (code #2151) or the SAT (code #6703) - Optional
    • Submit $20 non-refundable application fee (Or contact us for a promo code!)
  • Freshman Admission Policy
  • Instructions for On-Campus Transfers:

    • Complete application for admission
    • Submit official transcript(s) from each previously attended non-Minnesota State System college or university. We can electronically pull Minnesota State transcripts
    • Submit $20 Non-refundable application fee (Or contact us for a promo code!)
  • Transfer Admission Policy
  • The SMSU Office of Admission or SMSU Extended Learning Office will contact you on the status of your application

SMSU Admission Policy and Requirements

Student Graduate

We will waive your APPLICATION FEE if you apply while you are visiting campus!

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If you would prefer to apply by mail, you can use the Downloadable Admission Application.

NOTE: Admission application forms request that you provide private information as defined under state and federal law; see the related Data Privacy Notice (Tennessen warning) for an explanation of this request and the policy for use of such information.


Annual Security and Fire Safety Report now available for your review.

Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) is committed to assisting all members of the SMSU community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the University Public Safety website: PDF Icon Annual Security Report

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the University Public Safety Office or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (507)-537-7252.

The report(s) contain information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. They also contain information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by SMSU; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by Southwest Minnesota State University.