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Blue to Brown Connection Program


Mission Statement

The Blue to Brown Connection Program (B2B) is the product of collaboration between Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) and Minnesota West Community and Technical College (MN West). This partnership provides students a specialized and guided academic experience that upholds the academic rigor and excellence present in Minnesota State Institutions. The mission of the B2B program is to provide a student-centered educational experience where diversity, collaboration, and academic success are fundamental principles and practices.

Blue to Brown Vision

To provide Blue to Brown students the support they need to achieve academic success, knowledge of the benefits of collaboration, and a commitment to diversity in thought and experience.

Blue to Brown Goals stevenmnwest.jpg

  • Foster leadership characteristics
  • Empower students to become engaged learners
  • Develop marketable skills and experiences
  • Utilize diversity as an attribute of strength

About the Program

Participants in the B2B Connection Program receive the best of both institutions! Benefits include saving money on tuition by taking MN West classes on SMSU’s campus, while benefiting from living on the SMSU campus in their very own living and learning community. Students have direct access to clubs, organizations, student activities, support services, tutoring, fitness areas, intramurals (excluding participation in intercollegiate athletics), and much more within walking distance.

Program Requirements

Blue to Brown students must complete 24 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum credits in two semesters and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and a 67% completion rate. Upon successfully completing the program, students are automatically eligible to apply to transfer into SMSU as full-time SMSU students. An important goal of the B2B Connection Program is to provide students the additional academic and social support they need to begin their college experience. Click here for more information on the MN West policy for satisfactory progress standards.

Want to learn more about B2B? 

b2bpicsm.jpgSchedule a visit to the SMSU campus and meet one-on-one with a Blue to Brown representative and tour the SMSU campus.

To schedule a visit, contact the Office of Admissions at 507-537-6286 and request to visit the Blue to Brown Program or contact Erin Kline directly.

Contact Information

Blue to Brown Connection Program                      
1501 State Street
IL 224C
Marshall, MN 56258

Erin Kline
Blue to Brown Connection Coordinator
(o) 507-537-7223
(c) 507-829-5301 

Last Modified: 7/3/19 4:04 PM