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Enjoy new and in southwest Minnesota. renovated facilities in a thriving city Bunk on campus with a variety of housing options, and learning communities.

living and

Get to know rage people who will challenge and encou

you.

Travel outside the ing and having fun! U.S. with other students while learn Engage in active learning with liberal arts twist. excellent career preparation with a See all of the program opportunities we have to offer! Experience all the advantages am. of a competitive NCAA Division II progr Join the bustling mix of student r! clubs and organizations. Become a leade No sticker shock here – you can afford to attend Southwest with

little or no debt!

Whether a first-time student or a transfer student, applying is easy. See what happens to SMSU alums college! after graduation – there is life after Southwest Schedule a visit and you’ll see why is where you belong!

SMSU is awesome! I love the size of campus, the professors, the students, and everything that SMSU has to offer. There is never a dull moment on campus!”


There are so many reasons you belong at SMSU. Our professors will ask you about your dreams and care enough to help you pursue them. We’ll help you become one of the many students who will develop leadership skills. We will make sure you’re comfortable by saving you a seat on the couch next to the fireplace. And we’ll make sure your SMSU degree will take you anywhere you want to go! SMSU offers a broad-based curriculum with strong education, business, and liberal arts programs. You can also choose unique majors like Agronomy, Environmental Science, or Culinology® (combination of culinary arts plus food science), or minors like Hispanic Studies or Women’s Studies.

Did you know you can wear flip-flops year-round on campus? (No kidding! Interconnected walkways keep SMSU climate-controlled and connected 24/7/365.) You belong here because SMSU’s 3,500 students are active, participating in over 100 clubs, organizations, and other leadership activities; and because the ’Stangs (AKA the Mustangs) rock! Our teams are putting Southwest on everyone’s map.

You want a comfortable fit with the college you choose. SMSU provides that, but offers much more. You’ll be challenged in ways that make you sharper intellectually. When you graduate, you’ll

My initial experience at SMSU

be better prepared for a career and confident in your abilities.

exceeded my expectations by far.

It won’t take you long to agree: SMSU is where you belong!

I expected the transition into college to be tough and long, but the faculty and friends I met at school made it fun and easy.

iversity, Minnesota State Un c university is a four-year publi founded in 1963, d a highreer preparation an offering excellent ca education. quality liberal arts

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is on a 216–acre campus located in Marshall, Minnesota (population over 13,000), just blocks away from a downtown with cozy cafés and shops. A 22-acre site on the northwest corner of campus offers a wooded nature sanctuary. We’re close enough to the Twin Cities, Sioux Falls, St. Cloud, and Fargo for road trips and summer internships, but far enough away to allow you to remain focused on your studies.

students are highly involved in co-curricular activities. Our Student Center is a busy gathering spot where many of our clubs and organizations are based. Visualize a whole community in one expansive building, with banners hanging from street lamps, a food court, a convenience store, large comfy sofas, overstuffed chairs, and

With our new facilities, there’s a sense

even a TV lounge! Who wouldn’t want to hang here?

that we’re coming into our own. Visitors to campus are pleasantly surprised.”

Face-lift, schmace-lift – we’re talking full-body makeover on the SMSU campus. Construction and improvements totaling more than $130 million have been completed over the past few years. Let us count the ways: a great student center, our spacious library with a bird’s-eye view of campus, the Regional Event Center, home of the Mustang football and soccer teams, an awesome fitness facility, new science labs, and the newly renovated Culinology® and Hospitality Laboratories. Relax in the Alumni Plaza, an outdoor, green gathering place. Utilize our computer labs or jump on our campus–wide wireless internet. Then chill with your friends in the residence halls and apartments!

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HO US ING OP TIO NS LIV ING OPT ION S • All-Gender Living • Apartment-Style Living • First Year Experience • Upper Class • Living & Learning - Culinology® - Fine Arts - Mustang Traditions - Access, Opportunity & Success SER VIC ES & AME NIT IES OFF ERE D • Air Conditioning* • Cable TV • Elevators* • Equipment Checkout • Guest Rooms for Family Visits • High-Speed & Wireless Internet • Kitchenettes • Laundry Facilities • Phone Jack • Vending … and more! Res Halls rock! National research shows that students who live on campus are more involved in campus activities, more likely to maintain higher GPAs, more likely to complete their degrees, and are more satisfied with their education!

ROO M T YPE S • Accessible • Apartment Suites • Double • Designed Single • Double as a Single • Honor Suites

Learning and Living Communities are co-residential communities that share an academic or a special interest – one part learning and three parts fun. For example, students in the Culinology® House have in common their

* Foundation Residence Apartments & Sweetland Hall

interest in the art of cooking. Those in the Access, Opportunity & Success Community are first-generation college students. The Mustang Traditions group energizes the student spirit club, Mustang Maniacs.

There is always someone to hang out with and talk to. Some of my best friends now are the ones that

granate? Pita, pizza, or pome a tia siden l Dining, Jav the Food Court, Re Take your pick at s. ed ne r le to suit you al plans are flexib City, and more. Me

lived with me my freshman year.”

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With a student-faculty ratio of 17:1 and small classes (average number: 22), you’ll know your professors. When you need recommendations for grad school or referrals for jobs, you’ll have plenty of professors to ask!

Here’s a telling story about our faculty from a student named Meagan: “I told the professor of my biomechanics class that I wasn’t sure what to major in, but I knew what I wanted to do. He said, ‘Give me a couple of days and then come back,’ and so I did.” “When I returned to his office,” Meagan continues, “he told me, ‘Here’s what you could major in to achieve your goal.’ That kind of personal attention is how I know I’m getting a quality education.” You too will receive encouragement like this. And by the way, not a single teaching assistant, grad assistant, or teaching aid leads a class. You get the real deal at SMSU.

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In the spring, you’ll attend a one-day registration to help select your fall classes. In August, during Mustang Gold Rush Days, you’ll make friends instantly and experience college. During your first semester, you’ll be assigned a faculty or academic advisor depending on your choice of major. They’ll help you select courses you need to map out the road to completing your degree. Faculty and advisors are not the only ones on your side at Southwest. Staff members at the Academic Commons offer resources for improving time management, note-taking, and study skills. The SMSU Writing Center, Speech Center, and Math Center provide assistance with assignments. Academic and Diversity Resources staff help improve your reading, reasoning, and study skills.

I LOVE the small class sizes. The professors at

The Office of Retention strives to engage and enhance your overall experience at

SMSU know your name, your major, your

Southwest. Who needs Facebook when you have friends like these!?

hometown...and they genuinely care about you. Small classes allow for personal attention and one-on-one contact to help you succeed.”

Career Services helps stud ents from day one through graduation as the y explore majors, researc h job markets, write resumes, and prepare for intervie ws. WWW.SMSU.EDU


Ever heard a college student complain about the difficulty of setting up a study-abroad semester for their junior

Choosing to participate in the

or senior year? We say: Why wait to travel until then?

Global Studies trip was one of the best decisions I’ve made at SMSU. You’re able to learn about a different culture in the classroom setting and then you actually get to see it first-hand.”

in/France cluster: The World 13-credit Spa h) •4 classes (3 credits eac rature Lite to •Introduction •Humanities •Modern World •French language class r •Global Studies Semina ) in May to dit cre (1 el •2.5 weeks of trav Spain and France s in the States include The States Shorter trip y trip focusing on a 1-credit New York Cit el during spring Artist Theatre, with trav break.

Traveling outside the U.S. for understanding and knowledge only makes sense. What better way to go than with 25 other SMSU students plus several experienced faculty members? And it’s all organized for you!

You’ll take one or more courses together. One of the courses will be a Seminar course team-taught by the instructors sponsoring the trip and will focus exclusively on the travel location. Trips last anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks, and are scheduled for breaks during the winter or spring, and also during May. Students who participate in Global Studies programs develop deep friendships that last a lifetime!

I took an 11-day trip to Belize. I was nervous, but it was a learning experience I will never forget.”

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degrees Over 40 undergraduate students master’s programs draw

and a trio of ntry, and world. from all over the state, cou

Liberal Education Program (LEP) courses provide students with a solid foundation in key academic areas of reading comprehension, critical thinking, reasoning, writing, and speaking. A comprehensive, diverse group of classes focuses on these skills early in your college career.

In all classes, we emphasize experiential and active learning instead of memorization and long periods of sitting in a seat. Don’t get us wrong, our professors can lecture with the best – but when they do lecture, you’ll be inspired, not bored.

Active learning includes projects like surveying Southwest students for a Business Statistics class and comparing the results with students’ responses from overseas. You can mix your own radio show for a Broadcasting class, or assess regional water quality to create a presentation on rain gardens for your Environmental Studies class.

You won’t believe the amazing Undergraduate Research Conference that has become an annual signature event at Southwest, giving students a chance to showcase their research and other projects. With keynote speakers, student presentations to large crowds of 300+, and research posters and student artwork displayed in every nook and cranny – you’ll never see so many SMSU students dressed up at once! This celebration of our students’ intellectual achievements continues to grow every year, and it is because of experiences like this that 97% of our grads are hired each year!

I feel privileged that I will graduate having received a well-rounded liberal arts education. I know that because of my experience at Southwest, I will have an advantage over other graduates as I enter the real world.”

include the Commonly selected majors cation, sciences, psychology, edu speech communication, justice administration. finance, management, and WWW.SMSU.EDU


Dr. Brett Gaul at Prior to enrollment at SMSU, contact 41 for Honors Program application Brett.Gaul@smsu.edu or call 507.537.71 your www.smsu.edu/go/honors to fill out materials. You can now go online to

Entering students are eligible if they have a sound high school record and high ACT scores. Students already enrolled at SMSU may apply if they have earned a

application!

3.3 GPA.

You’ll flourish as an Honors student by studying with a group

The Honors program allows

of motivated, like-minded peers. In place of the Liberal Education Program (LEP)

me to create my own

requirements, Honors students design their own course of study in the liberal arts.

program to help better prepare me for the future.

Each student’s program must include three courses from a selected list of Honors courses and a senior-level interdisciplinary seminar. Students may also elect to enroll in an Honors project designed by the student and his/her major advisor. All students are required to complete an hour-long senior dialogue with selected faculty members.

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It will look great on my resume and it has been an excellent experience”


r) BA CH EL OR ’S DE GR EE S (4- yeaFinance Accounting Agribusiness Management Agronomy Art Education Art •Graphic Design •Studio Arts Biology Biology Education ent) Business – (See Finance & Managem Chemistry Chemistry Education Communication Arts & Literature/Secondary Education •Literature/English •Speech Communication Computer Science Culinology® Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Environmental Science •Geology •Humanity & Environment •Natural Science Exercise Science

MINORS ONLY

•Corporate Finance •Financial Planning & Investments History Hospitality Management Individualized Interdisciplinary Justice Administration ) Law Enforcement Administration (BAS Literature Literature/Creative Writing Management •Human Resource Management •International Management •Management Management (BAS) Marketing Marketing (BAS) Mathematics Mathematics Education Medical Laboratory Science (Fall 2012)

Music Education Philosophy Physical Education •Recreation •Sports Management Physical Education: Teaching Political Science on Professional Writing & Communicati Psychology es) Secondary Education – (See Disciplin Social Work Sociology Speech Communication tions Speech Communication: Public Rela ision Telev & io Rad on: icati Speech Commun Arts tre Thea on: icati mun Com Speech Theatre Arts

Music •Music in the Liberal Arts •Instrumental Performance •Vocal Performance •Piano Performance/Pedagogy •Theory/Composition •Management

PR E-P RO FE SS ION AL

Adapted Physical Activity Adapted PE/DAPE Advertising Design Communications Anthropology Coaching Criminal Justice Economics French Geography Geology Hispanic Studies Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies Leadership Studies Physics Pre-Law Public Relations Social Welfare Special Education Women’s Studies Writing

General Science: Grades 5-8 Social Studies: Grades 5-12

Most programs also offer minors within their field.

For specific licensure programs, see the academic catalog online at www.smsu.edu.

Pre-Chiropractic Pre-Dentistry Pre-Engineering Pre-Medicine Pre-Ministry Pre-Mortuary Science Pre-Nursing Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Veterinary Medicine

AS SO CIA TE DE GR EE S

Accounting (2- yea r) Agribusiness Management Business Administration Marketing

LIC EN SU RE S

• Indicates emphasis or concentrati on BAS = Bachelor of Applied Science

Go to www.smsu.edu/Catalog to view curriculum and more information about the academ ic programs.

MAST ER’S DEGR EES Master of Business Administration •General •Leadership •Marketing Master of Science: Education •English •ESL •Math •Sports Leadership •Teaching, Learning & Leadership Graduate Certificate: •Autism Licensure Option: •ESL •Reading Master of Science: Special Education Licensure Options: •Developmental Disabilities (DD) •Early Childhood Special Ed (ECSE) •Emotional Behaviors Disorder (EBD) •Learning Disabilities (LD) * Licensure only options also available

DISTA NCE LEAR NING Bachelor of Science •Early Childhood Education • Management Bachelor of Applied Science • Management (BAS) • Marketing (BAS) WWW.SMSU.EDU


SMSU athletic teams have had tremendous success competing not only in conference and regional play, but on a national level as well. During the 2010-11 academic year, three Mustang teams qualified for the postseason national tournaments , including the volleyball team, which hosted the 2010 NCAA region tournament for the first time in program history. Over the past three seasons,

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16 teams have qualified for regional or national tournaments. Impressed? SMSU student-athletes not only succeed on the field of play, but thrive off the field as well. Mustang student-athletes excelled in the classroom and also provided several community service projects. Some of our athletes enjoy reading to local elementary students and are part of the “Mustang Mail” program, a pen-pal program with local students, while others volunteer to rake leaves for elderly citizens in the Marshall community. The NCAA has also honored SMSU athletics in the past three years for producing the top civic engagement programs in the NSIC. The annual Ag Bowl was created to

NCAA Division II, (NSIC) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

MEN ’S Baseball Basketball Cheerleading (Co-ed) Football Wheelchair Basketball (Co-ed) Wrestling

bring together agriculture, higher education, and the community of southwest Minnesota, while Smokefest is an annual BBQ competition that features teams from all over the upper Midwest. SMSU is proud that it is located in southwest Minnesota, a region where agriculture provides the foundation for the economy. 800.642.0684

WOM EN’ S Basketball Cheerleading (Co-ed) Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Volleyball Wheelchair Basketball (Co-ed)

A record crowd of 3,689 fans attended Southwest’s NCAA men’s basketball regional championship victory in March ’09!


I like the fact that with my student ID, I get into all sporting events for free! Being a student athlete, I appreciate how the student body supports SMSU Athletics.”

INT RA MU RA L AT HL ET ICS 3 on 3 Basketball 5 on 5 Basketball Flag Football Frisbee Golf Kickball Raquetball Sand Volleyball Soccer Softball Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Basketball

CLUB ATHL ETICS Bowling Club Dance Team Powerhockey Club Rugby Club Shotokan Karate Club Show Stoppers (hip-hop dance & step team) Tae Kwon Do Club Track & Field Club University Sportsman’s Association

The coaches and facilities are first-class, our faculty and resources are accessible. SMSU will provide all students with a great collegiate experience.”

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Need a life coach? Join the Society for Leadership and Success! Students help each other identify academic and life challenges, set goals, and achieve their dreams.

There are two ways SMSU is different than high school. #1: no offense high school teachers, but college classes at Southwest are more rigorous across the board. You’re going to study harder – and work smarter – than you ever have before. #2: there’s a big, intensively active community on the SMSU campus. We’re talking over 100 clubs, organizations, and leadership activities, people! Our students know that when they get involved, they’re happier (and tend to manage their time better, too). You’ll make more friends, generate networking connections for a lifetime, and develop your skills in people-reading, pleading (fundraisers, you know?), and leading!

OU T AN D AB OU T

ng, & biking • Visit area parks for camping, hiki shall 6 Theatre • Check out the newly remodeled Mar -hour of Marshall • Golf at seven courses within a half a • Go ice skating at Schwan’s Ice Aren ting & fishing • Visit Shooter’s Sporting Clays for hun music events • Attend SMSU sporting, theatre, & on campus • Enjoy comedians, bands, & movies r • Go tubing down the Redwood Rive at the Mustang Zone pool • Rent movies and games or play ment at local venues • Attend concerts & various entertain Library for a change • Study at the Marshall Lyon County of pace ...and many more! 800.642.0684

So many doors were opened up for me once I started getting involved. The clubs and organizations are so easy to join and they provide a great opportunity to try new things!”


AC AD EM IC OR GA NIZ AT ION S Accounting Club Agribusiness/Agronomy Club Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre) Art Club Biology Club Chemistry Club Criminal Justice Club Culinology® Club (EMSP) Education Minnesota Student Program English Club ) Environmental Awareness Club (EAC E) (FAC rs Family and Child Educato Forensics Graphic Design Club History Club Honors Club Le Club Francais Marketing Club Math & Computer Science Club Model United Nations Club ) National Broadcasting Society (NBS Club hy Philosop Pi Kappa Delta (Speech) Political Science Association Post-Secondary Ag Student (PAS) Psi Chi (Psychology Honors) Psychology Club Radio/TV Club ent Society of Human Resources Managem Club y Sociolog Spanish Club ) Student Hospitality Organization (SHO ess Succ emic Acad for Student Mentors Student Social Work Association Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) P) Wellness and Human Performance (WH ery Gall William Whipple

ST UD EN T- RU N BU SI NE SS EN TI TI ES

taining student These groups are self-sus services to the r offe t tha ns atio niz orga SU. SM by ed serv communities

Graphic Art Southwest Association of (SAGA) visory Center Southwest Marketing Ad (SMAC)

SPEC IAL INTE REST GROU PS BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) Black Student Union (BSU) Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) Campus Greens Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship Club Latino College Democrats Club College Republicans Club Colleges Against Cancer Delta Epsilon Chi Chapter Distributive Educational Clubs of America Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Alliance (GLBTA) Habitat for Humanity Hmong Student Organization International Student Organization (ISO) Lion’s Club Muslim Student Association (IM) Mustang Anime Otaku Club Mustang Game Club Mustang Maniacs Club Mustang Martial Arts (MMA) Mustang Men Against Sexual Violence (MMASV) Nepalese Student Association Newman Club (Catholic) Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO) Oyate (Native American Club) Shine On Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (STAND) Southwest Investment Group Management Association (SIGMA) Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) United Global Leaders Yearning for Success (UGLYS) Veteran’s Association Women on the Move

BROA DCAS T MEDI A KSSU Radio KSSU Television

STUD ENT PUBL ICATI ONS The Spur (student newspaper) Perceptions (literary magazine)

Go to www.smsu.edu/CampusLife/StudentActivities to find the most up to date club & organization information!

STUDENT ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE Club Entertainment Concert Contemporary Music Films & Videos Lively Arts Novelty Variety Public Relations Issues Recreation & Travel Society of Leadership & Success Special Events

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on (RHA) Residence Hall Associati SA) SU (SM on ati oci Ass Student • Senate • Judicial Council • Public Relations • SAFAC

CAMPUS MINISTRY The Southwest Minnesota State Campus Religious Center (CRC) staff invites the SMSU community to deepen the spiritual dimension of their lives through worship, community service, retreats, and other programs. The CRC is staffed by both Catholic and Lutheran ministers. Students participate in liturgy planning, music ministry, special programs, and events.

MU SIC AN D TH E AR T S

Bella Vocé SMSU/Community Concert Choir Concert Band Drama Club Southwest Minnesota Jazz Ensemble Orchestra Mainstage Plays Symphonic Band Men’s Glee Club Theatre Club Musicals Black Box productions Mustang Pep Band Rough Riders Drumline to just kick back Sometimes you need TV, play tch the big game on with friends and wa leyball. a game of sand vol cards, or start up WWW.SMSU.EDU


There are several advantages to the financial

l Aid The SMSU Financia r. rch 1st of each yea priority date is Ma n now! tio ca cial Aid Appli Submit your Finan

aid program at SMSU. First, there is no out-of-state tuition. Whether you’re from Minnesota, Missouri, or California, everyone’s tuition is the same. Second, banded tuition allows you to take 18-credit hours at a 12-credit price. Because of this great bargain, many students are able to add an extra major, minor, or coaching certification. Third, A whopping 76% of our students receive an average financial aid package of over $10,700 in the form of grants, scholarships, work study, and loans.

ES TI MA TE D CO ST S 20 11 -20 12 *$6,679

TU ITI ON FE ES RO OM & BO AR D

$1,065 **$6,944

T O TA L

$14,688

ter * Based on 12-18 credits per semes room in ** Based on 15 meals and double traditional housing

es in policies, rsity reserves the right to make chang * Southwest Minnesota State Unive es are made, SMSU at any time. If and when such chang requirements, fees, and programs be affected. may students and other individuals who will provide reasonable notice to expenses nal (perso year per costs pate additional Students and parents should antici will be ies approximately $1,000). These costs averaging $2,748, and books & suppl aid. budget for purposes of determining calculated into your financial aid ts to take between 12 tuition. This tuition allows studen SMSU offers its students banded n option fits well flat tuition rate. The Banded Tuitio one pay and term per s credit 18 and every opportunity to rsity relative to offering students with the philosophy of the Unive . finish their degree in a four-year period

At first, the process of aplying for financial aid seemed overwhelming. But the financial aid office gave me simple step-by-step instructions and was very helpful.”

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SMSU’s admission guidelines are the most important factors in the admission process, but every applicant is also carefully considered on a holistic level. Give it a shot!

AD MI SS ION RE QU IRE ME NT S FRE SHM AN ADM ISS ION PRO CES S • Completed Application • $20 Non-refundable Application

Fee • Official High School Transcript(s) • ACT or SAT Test Scores FRE SHM AN REQ UIR EME NT S • Rank in the upper half of graduating class • Score a composite of 21 or above on the ACT or 990 on the SAT TRA NSF ER ADM ISS ION PRO CES S • Complete Application • $20 Non-refundable Application

Applying is easy! If you are a U.S. citizen or domestic student, you can apply online in about 15 minutes. Just go to our website, click on “Admission,” and you’re on your way to becoming a ‘Stang! (Remember to send us your ACT/SAT scores and your high school transcripts as soon as possible.)

Students transferring from other colleges can use our website (see Admissions, then Transfer) to see how your courses will transfer into Southwest. Using the u.Select, you can search by school or course. Also, Minnesota's public colleges and universities have established a

Fee • Official transcripts from each institution previously attended (transcripts from MnSCU institutions are not required due to E-transcripts) TRA NSF ER REQ UIR EME NT S • Students wishing to transfer from an accredited community college, technical college, or college/university must present a minimum grade poin t average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. • Students who have earned less than 24 semester credits from an accredite d community college, technical college, or college/university with a minimu m grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be considered for admissio n but are required to submit qualifying high school documentation.

state-wide plan to help students transfer in their general education courses. Completion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MTC) at one institution enables a student to earn SMSU’s general education (called Liberal Education Plan at Southwest). Check out

After a tour at Southwest and a meeting

www.MNtransfer.org to learn more about MTC!

with one of the professors, I really liked what I saw and applied right on the spot. I enjoyed the atmosphere that SMSU offers

h are not a recent hig If you have a GED, al student, are an internation school graduate, or for further Office of Admission please contact the 00-642-0684. information at 1-8

and I knew it was the place for me!”

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SMSU alumni work in companies and agencies like US Bancorp, The Schwan Food Company, UniPro Foodservice, Best Buy Corporation, Daktronics, Mayo Clinic, Avera, Sanford and Cargill.

EY NO W WH ER E AR EschooTH ls have recently The following graduate accepted SMSU students:

Arizona State University Boston College Creighton University Drexel University Kansas State University Northwestern Health Sciences University Northwestern University Purdue University Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville University of British Columbia University of Detroit University of Massachusetts at Amherst University of Minnesota University of Nevada – Las Vegas University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Southern Mississippi University of Washington Washington University in St. Louis Western Kentucky University William Mitchell College of Law

When I attended Southwest, we worked in small groups for many of my classes. That’s what I do now almost every day at work. To tackle projects, we get into groups of specialization.”

“Attending SMSU is more than getting a good classSeveral young SMSU alums sat around a conference table

room education. The life

on campus recently to reminisce. One said, “I was involved in SIFE (Students in

lessons and experience I

Free Enterprise) and it just made my whole college experience.” Another recalled,

gained while attending

“I loved the way the small classes helped me get to know my professors.”

SMSU prepared me for my career and is the foundation

These alums now work for several

for my involvement in my

corporations as a credit-risk assessor, a leadership developer, a

community and future

manager of talent and community development, and as a marketer.

education.” They all agreed that SMSU prepared them to meet their employers’ needs for great verbal and communication skills, a strong work ethic, teamwork skills, motivation and initiative, and interpersonal skills. They all value their continuing friendships with other alums.

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When you visit SMSU, take some time to tour the area. There are 10 lakes within 25 miles of Marshall!

My visit made my decision. I What captures students’ attention when they visit

COME SEE F OR YOUR SELF S P E C I A L V I S I T DAY S October 20 & 21, 2011 Mustang Days November 19, 2011 A Day at SMSU Day Experience SMSU February 4, 2012 (Hawaiian Night) March 24, 2012 Spring Get Away MUSTA NG SATUR DAY S • December 3, 2011 • September 10, 2011 • January 14, 2012 2011 24, er • Septemb • January 21, 2012 • October 8, 2011 • February 18, 2012 • October 15, 2011 • March 10, 2012 • October 22, 2011 2011 5, er • Novemb SCHED ULE A WEEKD AY VISIT Just call one week in advance between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or go to our website and select Admissions, then Visit Scheduler. Let us know if you would like any special appointments with faculty, financial aid staff, or coaches.

wasn’t really sure what SMSU

Southwest? Sometimes it’s the way a professor or coach impresses

had to offer, but after my visit,

them. Sometimes it’s the cool walkways that connect the buildings.

I knew it was where I belong!”

It might be the way the friendly admission staff makes them comfortable. For some, it’s the size of campus. With 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SMSU is large enough to be a thriving university, yet small enough to feel like it is… where you belong!

Do it your way – com e for a Special Visit Day or a Mustang Satur day – or come by yourse lf or with your fam ily! Did you know you can apply for FREE when you visit camp us? Southwest Minnesota State University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Minnesota Board of Teaching, the American Chemical Society, the Council on Social Work Education, and The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Southwest Minnesota State University is an equal opportunity educator and employer. ADA Accessible.


AB OU T SM SU

y, founded Southwest Minnesota State Universit y offering ersit univ ic publ -year four in 1963, is a quality excellent career preparation and a high for ents stud are liberal arts education. We prep and y nall perso successful lives, both professionally.

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teach all Over 200 full and part-time faculty tants. assis hing classes at Southwest – no teac six ty Nine 17:1. is ratio The student-faculty ents. stud 50 than less have es percent of class

Southwest Minnesota State University

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Our NCAA Division II teams are mem bers of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conferen ce. Men’s programs include football, basketba ll, wrestling, and baseball. Women’s programs inclu de volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, and golf. Numerous intramural prog rams are offered for men’s, women’s, and co-ed sports.

CA MP US The 216-acre campus includes a natu re center on the western edge. Our 12 new and renovated buildings are interconnected, allowing most of the campus to be a constant temperatu re of 72 degrees. SMSU is a national leader in accessibility!

FA CIL ITI ES Over $130 million has been invested in facilities recently, including the Student Cent er, Conference Center, the renovated SMS U library, the Regional Event Center, the Foun dation Residence Apartments, a new 252-bed residence hall, among other enhancements.

ST UD EN T S Southwest Minnesota State Universit y welcomes and respects students of all faiths, back grounds, and cultures. Southwest enrolls 3,50 0 full-time undergraduate and graduate students.

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