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IPEDS ID: 175078
OPE ID: 00237500
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Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St, Marshall, Minnesota 56258-5468
General information:  (507) 537-7678
Website:  www.smsu.edu
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Two but less than 4 years certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  Town: Remote
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  7,276 (6,868 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  28 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or lessView note
Due to Dual Enrollment (non-degree seeking), SMSU's undergraduate headcount figure is inflated by high school students taking college credit that never set foot on campus. Instead of using that figure (6,600+), a more accurate figure would be a figure regarding degree-seeking undergraduates (2,300) and would reflect a rate nearer 5%. SMSU has historically been a very welcoming and accessible campus for students with disabilities and takes pride in our service in this regard.
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty98125
Instructional98125
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$8,074$8,074$8,074$8,3263.1%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,224$7,146$7,352$7,5723.0%
Other$2,938$3,156$3,156$3,1560.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,224$7,146$7,352$7,5723.0%
Other$2,938$3,156$3,156$3,1560.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$2,938$3,156$3,156$3,1560.0%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$19,436$19,576$19,782$20,2542.4%
Off Campus$19,436$19,576$19,782$20,2542.4%
Off Campus with Family$12,212$12,430$12,430$12,6822.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Tuition$6,862
Fees$770
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid144294%————
Grant or scholarship aid41288%$1,780,401$4,321
Federal grants16736%$722,475$4,326
Pell grants16635%$686,111$4,133
Other federal grants5812%$36,364$627
State/local government grant or scholarships18139%$427,706$2,363
Institutional grants or scholarships35075%$630,220$1,801
Student loan aid34774%$2,603,492$7,503
Federal student loans34473%$1,931,271$5,614
Other student loans8318%$672,221$8,099
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,78527%$8,391,999$4,701
Pell grants86613%$3,337,992$3,854
Federal student loans1,55423%$10,140,265$6,525
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$14,202$14,551$14,838
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$11,075$10,952$11,382
$30,001 – $48,000$11,126$11,708$11,142
$48,001 – $75,000$14,298$14,017$13,877
$75,001 – $110,000$17,192$17,181$17,591
$110,001 and more$18,028$17,861$18,383
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment7,276
Undergraduate enrollment6,868
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment262
Graduate enrollment408
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 30%
Part-time: 70%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 86%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 91%
25 and over: 7%
Age unknown: 1%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 74%
Out-of-state: 23%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 3%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 62%
Part-time: 38%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 10%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 85%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 15%
Enrolled in some distance education: 15%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 69%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $20
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants2,0139851,028
Percent admitted64%62%66%
Percent admitted who enrolled35%34%35%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT92%
ACT39388%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading370540
SAT Math380530
SAT Writing325540
ACT Composite1924
ACT English1723
ACT Math1824
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 68%
Part-time students: 50%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 11 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 39%
Transfer-out rate: 39%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 22%
6-year: 43%
8-year: 45%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 22%
6-year: 39%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 36%
Female: 42%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 25%
Asian: 50%
Black or African American: 25%
Hispanic/Latino: 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 41%
Two or more races: 22%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 29%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations119--
Agronomy and Crop Science-3--
Category total122--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-12--
Category total-12--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting121--
Business Administration and Management, General08057-
Finance, General-11--
Hospitality Administration/Management, General-13--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-27--
Category total115257-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Radio and Television-6--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-7--
Category total-13--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science-14--
Category total-14--
Education
Art Teacher Education-1--
Biology Teacher Education-0--
Chemistry Teacher Education-1--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-28--
Education, General-2121-
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism---3
Elementary Education and Teaching-21--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-0--
Health Teacher Education-0--
Mathematics Teacher Education-5--
Music Teacher Education-0--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-320-
Spanish Language Teacher Education-0--
Special Education and Teaching, General-212-
Speech Teacher Education-4--
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-0--
Category total-671533
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-11--
General Literature-0--
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing-4--
Category total-15--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature-0--
Category total-0--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-1--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-2--
Category total-3--
History
History, General-10--
Category total-10--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-23--
Fire Services Administration-0--
Category total-23--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies14---
Category total14---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-4--
Category total-4--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-2--
Category total-2--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-7--
Category total-7--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-22--
Kinesiology and Exercise Science-25--
Category total-47--
Personal and Culinary Services
Culinary Science/Culinology-9--
Category total-9--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy-3--
Category total-3--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-5--
Category total-5--
Psychology
Psychology, General-30--
Category total-30--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-0--
Social Work-25--
Category total-25--
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-9--
Sociology-14--
Category total-23--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General-16--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-3--
Music, General-2--
Category total-21--
Grand total165072103
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 28
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 5
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 4
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,666
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,322
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,536
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Part-time students: 0%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined8263
Baseball39
Basketball1517
Football117
Golf9
Soccer31
Softball18
Tennis12
Volleyball15
Wrestling36
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1972 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels6/11/2015 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1986 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations244
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations244
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible10
Rape3
Fondling0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault100
Burglary214
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible10
Rape3
Fondling0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault100
Burglary212
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate6.6%7.5%8.9%
Number in default636874
Number in repayment945897829
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)