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Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university located in Marshall, Minnesota. We offer a high-quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare you for a life that is successful both personally and professionally.

Let your curiosity lead to discovery. Find out what you can learn and who you can be. Connect with a vibrant campus community both in and out of the classroom. Learn to lead, blending your passions with knowledge and skill, giving you the confidence to make a difference at SMSU and beyond.

We invite you to visit SMSU and to discover the possibilities.

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Virtual Campus Experience

See what SMSU is all about by checking out our new Virtual Campus Experience. You’ll hear our faculty, staff, students and alumni talk about their southwest stories. Your next step is coming to campus and seeing it for yourself!

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Mustang Market Day

December 08, 2020


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Background - Erin Richardson
Erin Richardson

Erin Richardson


"I transferred to SMSU because I wanted to be at a smaller school with a more comfortable learning environment. The professors (at SMSU) have been really great and I have had an opportunity for a more personalized education. "


Tracy, MN

Background - Charlie Vang
Charlie Vang

Charlie Vang


"“The professors at SMSU are really dedicated in their work. They really care for you personally and they also have an open-door policy where you can go in and talk to them about class-related work or just about your personal life. As a student I am really appreciative to that support and dedication that they have to my education.”"


Walnut Grove, MN

Background - Avianna McFarquhar
Avianna McFarquhar

Avianna McFarquhar


"My dream is to one day be on Broadway and SMSU is helping me achieve that goal because I have been learning about everything that surrounds Theatre -- not only just acting but sound design, lighting, and costume construction. And I know through hard work I will be able to achieve it one day. "


Marshall, MN

SMSU Today


SMSU Today is the source for University feature stories, news, announcements, and events on campus. Follow @SMSUToday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for information on the go.




Bella Erickson, left, and Carter McLaughlin

Erickson, McLaughlin Help Educate SMSU Students About Election Process

Published: 10-23-2020

SMSU students Bella Erickson and Carter McLaughlin are enthused about student interest in the upcoming presidential election. Erickson, a senior Po...

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Lee Kanten in his Clutch and the Shifters days, second row from top, left.

Lee Kanten ’74 Finds a New Kind of Busy in Retirement

Published: 10-13-2020

Although Lee Kanten's globetrotting days are over, he feels the best of his creative days may still be ahead of him. Kanten, a 1974 alumnus, and hi...

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SMSU Today

SMSU First-Year Student Enrollment Up 17.5 Percent

Published: 09-23-2020

Minnesota State University is excited to welcome 349 new first-year students to campus this fall, an increase of 17.5 percent. It is the largest in...

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From left: Dr. Sonya Vierstraete, Sara Fier, Dr. Kristin Kovar, BC Franson

Faculty Volunteer to Move 'Pod' Desks

Published 10-15-2020

We're all in this together. That's the belief of group of faculty members who are helping SMSU students feel more comfortable in face-to-face classrooms during these COVID-19 times. The group recently volunteered to move larger "pod" desks into several classrooms to accommodate students who are i...

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