Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU)

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SMSU can be found in Marshall, MN, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Over six thousand students are enrolled at SMSU.

Many students at this school scored between 19 (25th percentile) to 24 (75th percentile) on the ACT. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the SMSU average GPA ranges from 2.98 to 3.25 for accepted students. About 70 percent of all students which applied were admitted at Southwest Minnesota State University, and from those that were granted acceptance roughly 33 percent continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SMSU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Southwest Minnesota State University was reported as 65.5% in Fall 2013 with over 2,080 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SMSU ACT Scores: 19 - 24
  • SMSU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.25

How Hard Is It to Get into Southwest Minnesota State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Southwest Minnesota State University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for SMSU has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 65.0%
  • 2010-2011: 73.2%
  • 2011-2012: 80.2%
  • 2012-2013: 70.4%
  • 2013-2014: 65.5%
  • Projected SMSU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 70.2%

How Does SMSU Compare?

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The acceptance rate for SMSU is eighteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Dakota State University83.0%
University of Minnesota-Morris57.6%
University of Sioux Falls96.9%
Augustana College68.1%
Gustavus Adolphus College63.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Recommended
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SMSU (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English17 - 23
Math18 - 24
Composite Score19 - 24
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