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Southwest Minnesota State University Overview

Southwest Minnesota State University is a public institution situated in Marshall, Minnesota. The surrounding location of Marshall is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is Southwest Minnesota State University Known For?

497 Undergraduate Awards
$19,977 Avg Cost After Aid
62% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Southwest Minnesota State University is 5%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at Southwest Minnesota State University.
  • In 2017-2018, 46% of the faculty were full-time.

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Southwest Minnesota State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
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#5 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
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#13 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#110 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Southwest Minnesota State University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#84 Highest Paid Criminal Justice & Corrections Graduates College Factual
#121 Highest Paid General Psychology Graduates College Factual

Where Is Southwest Minnesota State University?

Location of Southwest Minnesota State University

Contact details for Southwest Minnesota State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1501 State St, Marshall, MN 56258-5468
Phone: 507-537-7678
Website: www.smsu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SMSUToday
Twitter: https://twitter.com/smsutoday

How Do I Get Into Southwest Minnesota State University?

You can apply to Southwest Minnesota State University online at: www.smsu.edu/admission/applyonline.cfm

Admission Requirements for Southwest Minnesota State University

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript recommended
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Southwest Minnesota State University?

62% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
Southwest Minnesota State University has an acceptance rate of 62%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 60%, and the acceptance rate for women is 63%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to Southwest Minnesota State University submitted their SAT scores.Southwest Minnesota State University received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 23. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 18 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Southwest Minnesota State University  ( 16 to 23 )
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ACT Math Scores for Southwest Minnesota State University  ( 18 to 25 )
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ACT Composite Scores for Southwest Minnesota State University  ( 18 to 24 )
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Can I Afford Southwest Minnesota State University?

$19,977 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
4.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Southwest Minnesota State University is $19,977. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Southwest Minnesota State University, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $6,985 a year. That adds up to $27,940 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Southwest Minnesota State University is 4.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Southwest Minnesota State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,662 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,636 undergraduate students at Southwest Minnesota State University, with 1,662 being full-time and 4,974 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Southwest Minnesota State University

There are also 422 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,662 full-time undergraduates at Southwest Minnesota State University, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Southwest Minnesota State University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Southwest Minnesota State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Southwest Minnesota State University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 38
Black or African American 99
Hispanic or Latino 90
White 1,240
International Students 97
Other Races/Ethnicities 98

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at Southwest Minnesota State University. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 27 countries are represented at Southwest Minnesota State University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nepal, Taiwan, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Southwest Minnesota State University

471 Took All Classes Online
1,414 Took At Least One Class Online
4.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,414 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Southwest Minnesota State University has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Southwest Minnesota State University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southwest Minnesota State University was 4.1%. This is the #1,731 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Southwest Minnesota State University regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Southwest Minnesota State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
General Education 0 0 5 0 129 134
Business Administration & Management 0 0 52 0 73 125
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 57 0 0 57
Health & Physical Education 0 0 56 0 0 56
Nursing 0 0 49 0 0 49
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2 0 13 0 17 32
Marketing 0 0 20 0 0 20
General Psychology 0 0 18 0 0 18
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 17 0 0 17
General Biology 0 0 16 0 0 16
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 15 0 0 15
Computer Science 0 0 15 0 0 15
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 14 0 0 14
Social Work 0 0 14 0 0 14
Special Education 0 0 11 0 2 13
Accounting 0 0 12 0 0 12
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 12 0 0 12
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 11 0 0 0 11
Educational Administration 0 0 0 10 0 10
Culinary Arts 0 0 9 0 0 9
Sociology 0 0 9 0 0 9
History 0 0 7 0 0 7
Plant Sciences 0 0 6 0 0 6
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 6 0 0 6
Political Science & Government 0 0 6 0 0 6
Hospitality Management 0 0 5 0 0 5
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 5 0 0 5
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 5 0 0 5
General English Literature 0 0 4 0 0 4
Writing Studies 0 0 4 0 0 4
Music 0 0 4 0 0 4
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 3 0 0 3
Philosophy 0 0 3 0 0 3
Chemistry 0 0 3 0 0 3
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 3 0 0 3
Mathematics 0 0 2 0 0 2
Agricultural Public Services 0 0 1 0 0 1
Teaching English or French 0 0 1 0 0 1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 1 0 0 1
Applied Mathematics 0 0 1 0 0 1
General Agriculture 0 0 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Protection 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2 11 484 10 221 728

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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