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Southwest Minnesota State University Online Admission

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Discover a Student-Centered Learning Experience with Southwest Minnesota State University

Take the first step toward achieving your professional goals with an online degree from SMSU. Get started by choosing from our selection of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, education, healthcare, and more, and submit your application today.

Our expert enrollment counselors are ready to help you throughout the admission process. For any questions you may have, please call us at 1-800-201-2944 or email us at

Key Admission Dates

SMSU offers courses through spring, summer, and fall terms. To learn more about application deadlines, contact our enrollment team.

Summer Term 2024May 21, 2024

How to Apply

Complete and submit the application online.

Contact our enrollment team for details on how this fee may be waived.

  • Undergraduate Application Fee: $20
  • Graduate Application Fee: $30

Undergraduate applicants must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from high school
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended if transferring into SMSU
  • Self-reported GPA and/or standardized test scores (ACT or SAT)

Graduate applicants must submit the following:

  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Depending on the graduate program selected, some applicants may be required to submit letters of recommendation, a statement of intent, and more

Speak with our enrollment team to learn more about admissions requirements.

A member of our enrollment team will contact you once your application has been processed.

Please call 1-800-201-2944 or email for more information.

Explore the SMSU Application Process

SMSU’s admission process starts with submitting your application. We are proud to accept students of all backgrounds, including transfer and international students, along with active members of the military and veterans. Our admission requirements differ depending on your academic history. Please call 1-800-201-2944 to learn more or get started by submitting your bachelor’s or master’s application now.

Transfer Admission Process

Whether you’re ready to complete a degree you previously started at a different institution or are interested in transferring old credits to a new program, SMSU encourages you to apply. Transfer credits are accepted through a case-by-case process. Find out if you’re eligible to transfer your hard-earned credits by submitting the following:

Military Admission Process

SMSU proudly accepts the GI Bill™ and VA education benefits from active members of the military and veteran students. Learn more by contacting an enrollment counselor or by visiting our military benefits page.

Military Support

International Admission Process

Additional information and requirements may be necessary for international students. To ensure you’re eligible to learn online with us, please contact our enrollment team to learn more.

Find Your Program

SMSU offers a selection of career-driven bachelor’s and master’s degree programs designed to help you succeed as a leading professional in your desired field. Discover the program that’s right for your career path and get started with us today.

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Financial Aid Options & Support

SMSU offers a variety of solutions to help you invest in your education, including in-state tuition rates to all students, military benefits, financial aid opportunities, and scholarships for qualifying applicants.

Take your next step in financing your education by completing your FAFSA today. Use SMSU’s school code: 002375.

Financial Aid