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Free App Month 2023

Apply for Free in November

Fall is a great time to explore Southwest Minnesota State University!

October is College Knowledge Month but if you ran out of time to apply, you're in luck! You can now apply for free through the month of November! We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity and get one step closer to becoming a Mustang! Make sure you use the Promo Code: FREENOV

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Application fees will be waived throughout the year for low-income students at any institutions or campuses that are part of the Minnesota State system.


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Isiah Whitlock

Southwest prepared me. When I went to get my master’s at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, I look back and think the professors at Southwest were just as good as those I’ve met anywhere, and I’m even talking New York. Southwest was a wonderful place for me.

Isiah Whitlock