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Study at Southwest Minnesota State University

Southwest Minnesota State University is a public four-year university located in Marshall, Minnesota. It is a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. SMSU has a full-time Enrolment of more than 3, 000 students and employs over 145 faculty members. Southwest Minnesota State University has been ranked the No. 1 college nine times by the U. S. News and World Report.

  • Art, Music, Speech Communication, and Theatre Dept.
  • Business and Public Affairs Dept.
  • Education Dept.
  • English Dept.
  • Humanities, Philosophy, and Foreign Language Dept.
  • Mathematics and Computer Science Dept.
  • Rural and Regional Studies Dept.
  • Science Dept.
  • Social Science Dept.
  • Wellness and Human Performance Dept.
The university's athletic teams are nicknamed the Mustangs. They compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conferenc, which is a part of NCAA Division II. The Mustang Rugby Club participates in the Minnesota Rugby Union. They won the Minnesota Division III Championship in 2002.

Profile of Southwest Minnesota State University

Southwest Minnesota State is located in Marshall, MN (a self-contained town). The school is a public institution. The highest degree level offered by Southwest Minnesota State is the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in business and management and education and teaching.

Southwest Minnesota State Selectivity

Southwest Minnesota State does not offer open admission.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Southwest Minnesota State had 6, 073 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

The school offers students meal plans. Southwest Minnesota State values student athletics, and belongs to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"The mission of Southwest Minnesota State University is to provide high quality liberal arts, professional, and technical programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Southwest Minnesota State University is dedicated to excellence in teaching and to preparing students to be life-long learners in a changing global, social, and natural environment. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of people in its service region. This commitment is reflected in the curricula, cultural enrichment programs, cooperative relationships with other regional institutions, and in service and research contributions to both the public and private sectors of the region. "

Southwest Minnesota State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching270education, elementary school teaching, special ed, English teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, art education, physical education teaching, math teaching, . . .
Business and Management198business management, accounting, marketing, management sciences, finance, non-profit management
Liberal Arts38history, sociology, creative writing, political science, English, general studies, Spanish language
Therapy and Counselling28psychology
Security and Law Enforcement19criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and administration
Science19biology, chemistry
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy18health and physical Education
Art Studies16art studies
Family and Social Work15social work, public administration
Computer Science and Engineering11computer science
Media8communication studies, radio and television
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental science
Agricultural Science and Management5agricultural operations
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy

Contact: Southwest Minnesota State

Southwest Minnesota State University

1501 State St

Marshall, MN 56258

General Phone: (507) 537-7021

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