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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B+
Southwest Minnesota State is a public university located in Marshall, Minnesota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,811 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Southwest Minnesota State acceptance rate is 60%. Popular majors include Business, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Psychology. Graduating 50% of students, Southwest Minnesota State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,100.
1501 State St
Marshall, MN 56258
About Southwest Minnesota State...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Southwest Minnesota State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Southwest Minnesota State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
60%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
910-1090
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$14,658/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,585/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.31 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.31 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    13%
  • On Campus
    81%
  • Online
    5%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,811Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,881
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
42%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
  • Unique
    42%
  • Fun
    32%
  • Cliquey
    16%
  • Studious
    11%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.28 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.37 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
  • Friendly
    48%
  • Home
    24%
  • Not for me.
    16%
  • Convenient
    12%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
50%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
78%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses
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SMSU isn’t extraordinary. The professors are passionate and willing to meet with you outside of class. They helped me stay caught up with my athletic schedule. There’s nothing to do in Marshall, and the weather sucks. Most days are cold and have a wind chill that drops the temp another 10 degrees. The campus is small and easy to navigate in the winter, as it’s all connected. Besides intramurals, there isn’t much to be involved in. Dorm life is alright. Sweetland Hall is amazing, built in 2009 and has suite-style living. Res life has just some events, but word isn’t spread well, so nothing is attended. I didn’t know anyone on my floor beside my roommate. There is only one dining hall with average food, and you can’t use your meal swipes for other people if they are eating with you. Athletic events are attended regularly, but most of the teams are no good.
Overall, SMSU is a good place to be if you want a simple education and college experience.
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Southwest Minnesota State University is a large scale school with a small-town feel. The school has lots of great employees. The school offers student employment. It has affordable learning!
The student:teacher ratio is great! The weather can be brutal at times, but the campus itself is all interconnected.