Southwest Minnesota State University was established in 1963 as Southwest Minnesota State College (SMSC). The institute admitted its first batch of students on September 19, 1967 and was renamed Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) on July 1, 2003. Today, the school grown into a reputed university with high national rankings, producing leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. As a public, four-year university, SMSU offers high quality education in liberal arts and professions to prepare students for a successful personal and professional life. The university is located in Marshall, Minnesota and its main campus covers an area of over 200 acres.