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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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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
    A-
Southwest Minnesota State is a public university located in Marshall, Minnesota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,932 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Southwest Minnesota State acceptance rate is 62%. Popular majors include Business, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education. Graduating 45% of students, Southwest Minnesota State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,100.
About Southwest Minnesota State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Address
1501 State St
Marshall, MN 56258
Website

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
62%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
765-1075
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$14,854/ 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
$4,843/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
85%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.30 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.30 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,932Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,781
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Unique
    38%
  • Fun
    29%
  • Cliquey
    14%
  • Diverse
    10%
  • Studious
    10%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
85%
of students say they don't have Greek life.27 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.36 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    46%
  • Home
    25%
  • Not for me.
    17%
  • Convenient
    13%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
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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This public school has a lot going for it, if you are looking for a solid education, good facilities, and smaller size to create student connections. Like many schools, the quality of education is what you put into it and very affordable. There are some top notch professors here, authors, scientists, etc. and they will spend to help you learn. The facilities for students are very nice and connected to shield students from the weather in the winter. There are a number of non-traditional students at the campus. The school has a nice planetarium, a beautiful performance theater, quality athletic facilities, a nice education center, library, dorms and good science labs. Because it is a state school in a rural area with not as much to do, there is some college partying and some people may not like the location. These were not disappointing or disruptive factors for me.
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This year, I will be starting the Educational Leadership Graduate program at Southwest Minnesota State University. Since the program does not officially start until September 8th, I can only give my first impressions. Upon hearing about the program from my administrator, I was very intrigued. I was not interested in doing an online program and this appeared to be a fabulous fit. It is a cohort that meets closer to my home, we will be meeting on a monthly basis and a few of my coworkers have joined the program. Two professors from the university came to the location and met with potential students, where they outlined the program, offered incentives for early admissions and took the time to hear and answer questions. The only thing that I wish were different was the timeliness of communication about the first class. All in all, I am very anxious to start this journey and look forward to what Southwest has to offer me as I work towards my Master's.
What I like about Southwest Minnesota State University is the small community that is built here over time. It's the same workers in the cafeteria so they become a friend from concessions onto serving food all day. It is small enough for others to recognize that you're an athlete or you are in their class. It really is a great community built here at Southwest Minnesota State University. What I would like to change about Southwest Minnesota State University would be to open more to other colleges. It would be nice to have other college students come and tour or spend an overnight in the dorms because it's not well known in the cities and it's such a small town where there isn't much to do. Getting the school more open to other areas would be nice for the schools' reputation and for the student's sake of meeting others beyond the small town.