SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
YOURSUCCESSSTORY Begins at SMSU
YOURSUCCESSSTORY Begins with Your Questions
Choosing a college involves weighing all your options. What is important to you is important to us! We are here to answer your questions about SMSU and we want you to feel good about becoming a Mustang!
SMSU allows me to be involved in so many different things. Itâ€™s exactly the right fit for me. SARAH WASBERG EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ELEMENTARY EDUCATION SLAYTON, MINNESOTA 800.642.0684
SMSUBYTHENUMBERS ESTABLISHED IN 1967
Everyone here really cares for each other. SMSU is my home away from home. LUCAS BADE EXERCISE SCIENCE MINNESOTA CITY, MINNESOTA
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2,700 STUDENTS FROM 31 STATES, 22 COUNTRIES 15:1STUDENT-TO-FACULTY RATIO MORE THAN 55 MAJORS, 5 ASSOCIATES DEGREES, 12 PRE-PROFESSIONAL, AND 4 GRADUATE DEGREES 100+ CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS & LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES 99% OF GRADS ARE EMPLOYED SHORTLY AFTER GRADUATION
87% OF STUDENTS RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID 17 MEN’S & WOMEN’S MUSTANG ATHLETICS 12 NEW & RENOVATED BUILDINGS 216 BEAUTIFUL ACRES OF CAMPUS 14,000 POPULATION OF MARSHALL, MINNESOTA MORE THAN 20,000 ALUMS 100+ PROFESSORS/STAFF WHO ARE ALUMS ACT CODE 2151 SAT CODE 6703 FAFSA CODE 002375 100% LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE SMSU.EDU
SMSUPROGRAMSOFSTUDY BACHELORS’DEGREES Accounting Agribusiness Management Agriculture (BAS) (A.S. or A.A.S. in Agriculture Required) Agricultural Communication & Leadership Agricultural Education Agricultural Solutions Agronomy Applied Computational Mathematics Art •Graphic Design •Studio Arts Art Education Biology Biology Education Business (See Finance & Management) Chemistry Chemistry Education Communication Arts & Literature, English Communication Arts & Literature, Communication Studies Communication Studies Communication Studies •Public Relations Communication Studies: Broadcasting and Digital Media Computer Science Culinology® Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Special Education Educational Studies Elementary Education English •Creative Writing •Literature
WITH MORE THAN 55 MAJORS, 5 ASSOCIATES & 4 GRADUATE DEGREES, YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE YOUR EDUCATION!
Sociology Special Education Teachers for English as a Second Language (TESL) Theatre Arts
Environmental Science •Humanity & Environment MINORSONLY •Natural Science Acting/Directing Exercise Science Adapted Physical Activity •Allied Health Adapted PE/DAPE •Coaching & Human Performance Advertising Design Communications •Corporate Wellness/Exercise Leadership Coaching Finance Criminal Justice •Corporate Finance Design/Technical Theatre •Financial Planning & Investments Economics History Hispanic Studies Hospitality Management Indigenous Nations Dakota Studies •Culinary Management Leadership Studies •Event Planning & Management Nutrition •Hotel Administration Physics Individualized Interdisciplinary Public Administration Justice Administration Reading Law Enforcement Administration (BAS) Religious Studies Management Social Welfare •General Management Spanish •Human Resource Management Women’s Studies •International Management Writing •Supply Chain Management Management (BAS) PRE-PROFESSIONALPROGRAMS Marketing Pre-Chiropractic Marketing (BAS) Pre-Dentistry Mathematics Pre-Engineering Mathematics Education Pre-Law Medical Laboratory Science Pre-Medicine Music Pre-Mortuary Science •Instrumental Performance Pre-Nursing •Management Pre-Occupational Therapy •Music in the Liberal Arts Pre-Optometry •Piano Performance/Pedagogy Pre-Pharmacy •Theory/Composition Pre-Physical Therapy •Vocal Performance Pre-Veterinary Medicine Music Education Nursing (RN to BSN) Must possess an RN Licensure ASSOCIATEDEGREES Philosophy Accounting Physical Education Agribusiness Management •Recreation Business Administration •Sports Management Liberal Arts & Sciences Physical Education: Teaching Marketing Political Science • Indicates emphasis or concentration Professional Writing & Communication * Most programs also offer minors within their field ** See online academic catalog to see variety of disciplines Psychology BAS = Bachelor of Applied Science Secondary Education** Social Work For specific licensure programs and additional information about academic programs visit SMSU.EDU/CATALOG
The professors knew my name by the first week. I knew they would help me reach my full potential. ERIN NELSON MARKETING ST. JOSEPH, MINNESOTA
22 OUTSTANDINGEDUCATION Is the standard at SMSU
TWENTY-TWO STUDENTS MAKE UP AN AVERAGE CLASS SIZE AT SMSU. YOU WONâ€™T GET LOST IN THE SHUFFLE!
Students choose SMSU because of the outstanding education they receive that starts in the classroom and expands to outside opportunities! Through internships and leadership opportunities, from the Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, to the hands on, active learning that takes place inside the classroom, students are prepared to meet the demands of their career field. SMSU also has 50 Academic Clubs to enhance your education and experience!
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Bleed Brown & Gold
The best way to apply to SMSU is to visit campus and apply for FREE! Schedule a visit online at smsu.edu/go/visit or call (800) 642-0684 to get your SMSU Success Story started!
As captain of the volleyball team, I have learned what character really means. The experience has helped me on the court, in the classroom and will be something I carry with me for the rest of my life. SARAH PARKER EXERCISE SCIENCE EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS
MUSTANGMEN Baseball Basketball Cheerleading (Co-ed) Cross Country Football Track & Field Wheelchair Basketball (Co-ed) Wrestling
MUSTANGWOMEN Basketball Cheerleading (Co-ed) Cross Country Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Wheelchair Basketball (Co-ed)
DIVE IN AND CHOOSE FROM MORE THAN 100 CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES. GET INVOLVED, MEET PEOPLE, AND BUILD YOUR SMSU NETWORK!
Don’t ever be afraid to try something new. College is a time of finding who you truly are. Experience everything! TATUM LARSON BIOLOGY CANTON, SOUTH DAKOTA
YOURINVOLVEMENT Makes Your Experience
SMSU is a bustling, thriving campus just waiting for you to plug in to music, theatre, academic organizations, honor societies, intercollegiate athletics, intramural activities, residence hall and government associations, and more. Jumping in and getting involved is what helps you make tons of friends and shapes you into tomorrow’s leader.
HOUSINGINFORMATION HOME AWAY FROM HOME You will never regret living on campus – it’s such an important part of the total college experience! Once you’ve been admitted to SMSU, fill out your housing contract online at www.smsu.edu/campuslife/residencelife.
• F irst Year Experience
•U pper Class
• Apartment Suites
•A partment Style Living
•A ll-Gender Living
• Designed Single
• L iving & Learning
• Double as a Single
WITH 20 CHOICES FOR RESIDENTIAL LIVING, YOU’RE SURE TO FEEL RIGHT AT HOME.
• Honor Suite
EAT YOUR HEART OUT • The Coffee House at SMSU proudly serves Starbucks…as well as scones, yogurt parfaits, sandwiches, salads, and dessert! • Food Court has a wide variety of delicious food offering including: Erbert & Gerbert’s Bistro, grillnation, 2mato, Papa Johns, and Outtakes Quick Cuisine. • Mustang Express Convenience Store offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, coffee, and Papa John’s pizzas! • Residential Restaurant is the all-you-care-toeat buffet. Satisfy your hunger with a variety of healthy and delicious options!
MARSHALL, MINNESOTA, HOME OF THE MUSTANGS, IS RATED THE #2 BEST TOWN FOR MILLENNIALS. (NICHE.COM)
APPLICATIONPROCESS FOR FRESHMEN Top half of graduating class OR 21or higher on the ACT OR a combined verbal/math score of 990 on the SAT (writing portion not required). • Submit application for admission. • Pay a nonrefundable $20 application fee. • Application fee is waived if you apply during your campus visit. • Submit official HS transcript. • Submit ACT/SAT test scores. SMSU allows me to discover new things, but also helps strengthen my interests. This has helped me build my resume for success when I graduate. WILSON EBNER EDUCATION ROSEMOUNT, MINNESOTA
FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS 2.0 cumulative GPA at previous institution(s). • Submit application for admission. • Pay a nonrefundable $20 application fee. • Application fee is waived if you apply during your campus visit. • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/ universities previously attended (if transferring from MnSCU institution, transcript can be pulled internally).
Make your life easy by sending us your information automatically! Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.
FINANCIALAID SCHOLARSHIPS PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP PACKAGE 29+ ACT / 3.0 GPA
VICE PRESIDENTS’ SCHOLARSHIP PACKAGE $8,000 27-28 ACT/3.0 GPA or 29+ ACT/2.5-2.99 GPA DEANS’ SCHOLARSHIP PACKAGE 24-28 ACT/2.8 GPA
LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PACKAGE 22-23 ACT/2.5 GPA
ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP PACKAGE 20-21 ACT/3.0 GPA
WAYS TO SAVE
• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you can. SMSU code: 002375 • Priority Deadline — March 1 • 87% of undergrads enrolled at least ½ time receive some form of financial aid • Of those receiving financial aid last year, the average award was $10,940
For more scholarship opportunities and to apply for SMSU scholarships visit:
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YEARLY TUITION AND FEES AT SMSU ARE $8,326 ALL SMSU STUDENTS RECEIVE INSTATE TUITION! NEARLY $2,000,000 AWARDED IN SCHOLARSHIPS LAST YEAR!
Takes Shape at SMSU
SMSU graduates are highly sought after by employers around the world. Develop your skills, acquire new ones, build connections, and prepare yourself to impact the world! Join the tradition of Mustangs who are making a difference in today’s global workforce!
As a student and athlete I learned how to handle adversity and how to work with a diverse group of people. SMSU prepared me to have the highest level of expectation for myself and others. ERIN LIND ‘01, SPORTS MANAGEMENT COMMISSIONER, NORTHERN SUN INTERCOLLEGIATE CONFERENCE BURNSVILLE, MINNESOTA
OF SMSU 2015 GRADS WERE EMPLOYED SHORTLY AFTER GRADUATION.
BEGINYOURSTORY APPLICATION CHECKLIST FOR FRESHMEN
AFTER ACCEPTANCE TO SMSU
Top half of graduating class OR 21or higher on the ACT OR a combined verbal/math score of 990 on the SAT (writing portion not required).
Submit housing application (priority date: February 1).
ubmit application for admission. S (priority date: March 1).
Submit scholarship application (priority date: March 1).
P ay a nonrefundable $20 application fee (fee is waived if you apply during your campus visit).
Submit FAFSA as soon as possible (priority date: March 1).
Submit official HS transcript.
Connect with SMSU through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
Submit ACT/SAT test scores.
Celebrate your decision to become a Mustang!
QUESTIONS? CONTACT US! Office of Admission
APPLICATION CHECKLIST FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS SAVE THE DATES
Submit application for admission.
March 31 — Transfer Students
P ay a nonrefundable $20 application fee (fee is waived if you apply during your campus visit).
April 3 — 1st Year Scholarship Recipients
April 7, 10, 14 — 1st Year Students
ubmit official transcripts from all colleges/ S universities previously attended (if transferring from Minnesota State institution, transcript can be pulled internally).
Admitted Student Day
November 7 & February 10 - 1st Year Students February 17 - Transfer Students
Gold Rush Days
SMSU is an equal opportunity educator and employer. ADA Accessible. Southwest Minnesota State University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Minnesota Board of Teaching, the Council on Social Work Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
OFFICE OF ADMISSION 1501 STATE STREET, MARSHALL, MN 56258 800.642.0684 • WWW.SMSU.EDU