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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.

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Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19

Information for the SMSU campus on the Coronavirus COVID-19.

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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


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Last year's parade included a bit of snow.

Homecoming 2020 at SMSU Features Theme ‘Mustangs Come Together — Six Feet Apart’

Published: 09-10-2020

  Homecoming 2020 at Southwest Minnesota State University will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, with a theme of "Mustangs Come Together — S...

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Faith Johnson

Faith Johnson Brings Experience to RN to BSN Program

Published: 09-22-2020

An experienced nurse and teacher is the newest face within the RN to BSN program. Faith Johnson joins the faculty on a fixed-term basis, replacing ...

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SMSU Ranked 26th Nationally for Best Early Childhood Education Program

Published: 08-25-2020

Southwest Minnesota State University is ranked 26th in the nation for Best Early Childhood Education Program for 2020 by Fifty schools w...

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Jessica Bentley

Mustangs Making a Difference: Jessica Bentley

Published 09-15-2020

Residence Life at SMSU has changed during these COVID-19 times. Much of the credit for implementing the necessary adjustments goes to Jessica Bentley. Bentley came to SMSU in 2002 and wears many hats in her current role of Assistant Director of Residential Life. "It's changed over the years," she...

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SMSU Coronavirus COVID-19 Campus Information