Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, MN 56258
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Southwest Minnesota State University is one of the twelve public 4-year colleges in Minnesota. The campus is located in Marshall town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 7,154 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 332 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 199 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 60%). Every year 45% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Southwest Minnesota State University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $7,496, and fees were $1,114. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $7,496 and $1,114 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students7,154
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate60%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 3 22


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1972 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
06/11/2015 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
ACT18 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Recommended
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $20
Graduates $30

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$243/credit
In State Students$243/credit
Out of State Students$243/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$432/credit
In State Students$432/credit
Out of State Students$432/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $10,935 $10,935 $10,935
ADN 70 $17,010 $17,010 $17,010
BSN 125 $30,375 $30,375 $30,375
FNP 50 $21,600 $21,600 $21,600
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 85% of Southwest Minnesota State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 38% $4,176
Other Federal Grant 16% $542
State Grant & Scholarships 40% $2,510
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 64% $1,904
Federal Student Loans 63% $5,523
Private Loans 19% $7,723


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$11,434
$30,001 to $48,000$12,016
$48,001 to $75,000$14,078
$75,001 to $110,000$16,872
Over $110,000$18,782

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Minnesota state board of nursing.
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St
Marshall, MN 56258

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