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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
    C+
  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 2,056 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Southwest Minnesota State acceptance rate is 54%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education. Graduating 50% of students, Southwest Minnesota State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,300.
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
54%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
765-1075
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$14,824/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,376/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,594/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,691/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,199/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,375/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
28:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.28 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.28 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,056Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
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  • Unique
    37%
  • Fun
    32%
  • Cliquey
    16%
  • Studious
    11%
  • Diverse
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
84%
of students say they don't have Greek life.25 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.34 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 22 responses
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  • Friendly
    50%
  • Home
    27%
  • Not for me.
    18%
  • Convenient
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
50%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
78%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses
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Southwest Minnesota State University Reviews

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A harsh but truthful review... My best friend goes here and I've heard nothing but bad things from about it. The professors are rude, and she was even encouraged to drop out by one of them.
The students are either hooked on marijuana because of the depressing town or hooking up with each other for something to do. The campus safety precautions are terrible, which she found out for herself after a classmate assaulted her. They didn't expel him, just put him in a neighboring dorm!
The scholarships are basically nonexistent. There is only one good dorm on campus, and it's hard to get into. I could go on. I'm glad I decided not to go here when I had the chance.
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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.
Southwest Minnesota State University is a really great school. There is a good ratio of professors to students, so you feel like you can get some extra help from the professors if you need it. The professors are very nice as well (at least the ones I've had). They welcome questions, and help you to the best of their ability. The layout of the school is really nice and simple, as there are multiple ways to get to most places. It was a bit intimidating at first, but I quickly got used to the way the school is laid out. As for the classes, they are pretty good. There is a wide range of subjects that are offered, so odds are that you will find the types of classes you are looking for. During the time between classes, you can sit in one of the many comfortable couches and chairs in various parts of the school. The food is good too, if you're wondering about that. Just beware of the Freshman 15 if you eat from the buffet!