Southwest Minnesota State University: Narrative Description

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1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258-1598
Tel: (507)537-7021
Free: 800-642-0684
Admissions: (507)537-6286
Fax: (507)537-7154
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1963. Setting: 216-acre small town campus. Endowment: $2.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $233,321. Educational spending 2003-04: $3464 per student. Total enrollment: 5,636. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 28% from top quarter, 72% from top half. Full-time: 2,310 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 2,857 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 27 states and territories, 29 other countries, 12% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 10% 25 or older, 53% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other colleges in the Minnesota State College and University System. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, interview, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $4538 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $4538 full-time. Mandatory fees: $756 full-time. College room and board: $4806.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 65 open to all. Major annual events: Red Cross Blood Drive, Fall Fest (Homecoming). Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 984 college housing spaces available; 731 were occupied in 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Southwest State University with 167,888 books, 32,654 microform titles, 695 serials, 4,324 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $966,523. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Marshall (population 11,900) is in the heart of rural, southwestern Minnesota. Air service, bus service and major highways make it accessible to parks, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Duluth and Sioux Falls, S.D. Marshall is a "college town" with restaurants, a shopping mall, churches, 3 movie theaters and a modern downtown area. It is also an expanding commercial center with a large industrial park and is the headquarters for several national agribusinesses and related firms. Marshall has a new, multimillion dollar hospital and health care facility. 5 city parks, a county park and 2 state parks are within a short drive. The community and university combine to offer concerts, theater and art/craft exhibits. Part-time job opportunities are available for students.

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