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 seven thousand students are enrolled at SMSU.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores between 907 (25th percentile) to 1087 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and between 18 (25th percentile) to 24 (75th percentile) on the ACT is typical among applicants admitted to Southwest Minnesota State University. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the SMSU average GPA ranges from 2.89 to 3.25 for accepted students. About 60 percent of all students which applied were admitted at Southwest Minnesota State University, and from those that were granted acceptance roughly 21 percent continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SMSU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Southwest Minnesota State University was reported as 64.2% in Fall 2020 with over 2,250 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: 18 - 24
  • SMSU Average GPA: 2.89 - 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 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for SMSU has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 54.2%
  • 2017-2018: 61.6%
  • 2018-2019: 60.3%
  • 2019-2020: 64.2%
  • Projected SMSU Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 57.0%

How Does SMSU Compare?

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The acceptance rate for SMSU is thirteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Dakota State University77.4%
University of Minnesota-Morris56.7%
University of Sioux Falls91.5%
Augustana College66.9%
Gustavus Adolphus College69.2%

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 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SMSU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading457 - 542
Math450 - 545
Total Score907 - 1087
ACT®Score Range
English16 - 23
Math17 - 24
Composite Score18 - 24
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