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Southwest Minnesota State University

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Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university offering a high-quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare you for a life that is successful both personally and professionally. SMSU has grown into a university of choice with high national rankings, producing scholars who become the leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs of the future. Strong academics, fulfilling social activities, rewarding civic engagement projects, and support from fellow Mustangs in a close-knit environment mean you will get the education of a lifetime at a price that won’t take a lifetime to pay for. We invite you to visit SMSU and to see for yourself all that we have to offer.

Key Programs Offered


  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Agriculture
  • Culinology®/Hospitality Management
  • Justice Administration
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Campus Life

Have the time of your life. Living on campus means you can plug into SMSU’s active campus community with more than 100 clubs and organizations to choose from. Have fun, pursue your passions, and make new friends. Learn how to lead with your unique blend of interest and personal skills. Step up, step out, and discover your leadership qualities.

Our Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship houses many innovative enterprises, like the Small Business Development Center and Enactus, our decorated free-enterprise organization. Help protect water quality by assisting in the Redwood River Monitoring Project. Act in a play. Write for the campus newspaper for contribute to the university’s literary journal. It’s safe to say that you’ll find clubs, organizations – and other students – that share your interests.

At a Glance

About Southwest Minnesota State University

  • #1

    Safest Campus in Minnesota

    SMSU has been named the 2020 “Safest College Campus in Minnesota” by

  • 92%

    Of our classes hold fewer than 30 students

  • 100%

    All programs require capstone/ internship experiences

Ranked 7th in the US for Most Affordable for International Students

Southwest Minnesota State University has been ranked No. 7 in the country for its affordable bachelor’s degrees by Best Value Schools. SMSU is the only Minnesota university included in the rankings. 

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