#9 Best Public Universities in Minnesota

Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, Minnesota

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Southwest Minnesota State University overview
Location Marshall, Minnesota
Online smsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Southwest Minnesota State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) is a public institution established in 1963, located in the rural town of Marshall, Minnesota, approximately 150 miles from Minneapolis. SMSU offers a broad academic profile with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs; it is particularly recognized for its education and agriculture-related majors. The university fosters a comprehensive learning environment with an open-admission policy, catering to a diverse student body seeking both academic and hands-on training experiences. The campus features a contemporary architectural style with facilities structured to support a residential college experience, including on-campus housing options for students. While SMSU may not be particularly known for its athletic programs, it does provide athletic participation under the team name "Mustangs."

In the most recent statistical year 1,558 prospective students applied, and 1,427 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 326 enrolled in the school.  1,708 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,222 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,840 plus fees of $1,282. Southwest Minnesota State University is ranked 948 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Southwest Minnesota State University is rated within the lower 30% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Southwest Minnesota State University overview
SAT 935/1102
ACT 17/23
Estimated GPA 3.21

Applications Accepted

Southwest Minnesota State University overview
Applications Due Aug 18, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $20

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Southwest Minnesota State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,282
Room and Board $9,258
Budget for Other Expenses$2,614
Total One Year Cost$23,194

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

39% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Southwest Minnesota State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 39%
Education 16%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 8%
Communication 4%
Biology 4%

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