Southwest Minnesota State University

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 enrollment 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.

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Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St
Marshall , MN 56258-5468
General Phone: (507) 537-7021

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Southwest Minnesota State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching205education, special ed, elementary school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, art education, English teaching, health teaching, math teaching, music teaching, ...
Business and Management184business management, non-profit management, accounting, finance, management sciences, marketing
Liberal Arts54Spanish language, English, creative writing, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy30health and physical education
Media22communication studies, radio and television
Family and Social Work20public administration, social work
Therapy and Counseling17psychology
Science17biology, chemistry
Security and Law Enforcement13criminal justice and safety
Art Studies13art studies
Computer Science and Engineering13computer science
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental science
Agricultural Science and Management6agricultural operations
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Hospitality1restaurant and food services management

Number of programs and degrees for Southwest Minnesota State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44340
Master's degree1693
Associate's degree41

Southwest Minnesota State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southwest Minnesota State had a total enrollment of 6,073 students (3,673 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 94%
Graduate 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 76%
Black 2%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 41%
18-19 21%
20-21 13%
22-24 10%
25-29 6%
30-34 2%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)13%
South Dakota6%

Southwest Minnesota State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 14 %

Southwest Minnesota State Room and Board (2007)

Southwest Minnesota State offers campus housing for 1,010 of its 3,673 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Marshall, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 15 meals per week.

Southwest Minnesota State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1924
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrecommended
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT84%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Southwest Minnesota State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,696
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 6,696
Room and board $ 5,984
Room charge $ 3,484
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,500
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,746

Financial Aid:
Southwest Minnesota State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 237500)

Southwest Minnesota State Faculty

Southwest Minnesota State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1510
Non-tenured and not on tenure track711

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year22$87,14714$76,465
Associate professoracademic year23$69,32917$66,379
Assistant professoracademic year20$61,40320$57,468
Instructoracademic year1*2*
All faculty totalacademic year66$72,44553$64,688

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southwest Minnesota State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Basketball Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Baseball Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports96473

Southwest Minnesota State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Restaurant/Food Services Management

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Radio and Television

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Southwest Minnesota State Highlights

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What Sets Southwest Minnesota State Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 7%Southwest Minnesota State % of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 11%Southwest Minnesota State Number of degree programs
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Top 13%Southwest Minnesota State Number of students
% of degrees in business and management
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Top 15%Southwest Minnesota State % of degrees in business and management

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checked Offers distance learning
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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