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Free Application Month

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

October is College Knowledge Month and a statewide effort that encourages prospective students to take a significant step toward college by providing the preparation, opportunity, and support needed to apply. Southwest Minnesota State University is waiving the application fee for the month of October.

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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.

High school counselors and college admission staff can help a student make these arrangements. Eligibility information and the fee waiver form are available at


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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, Speech Communications: Theatre Arts '76