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Southwest Minnesota State University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 25th 2019By -  Bhavya Rawal

SMSU or Southwest Minnesota State University received around 2133 applications for fall 2018 semester. Around 60% of the applicants were accepted, 27% of which enrolled with SMSU. There are around more than 55 UG degrees and 2 Majors in PG. International applications are invited for fall and spring semester.

  • Prospective students can apply through the SMSU application portal for both UG and PG courses.
  • The application fee for a student applying for UG studies is $ 20, whereas it is $ 30 for a prospective graduate student.
  • Minimum English language proficiency score requirements for UG and PG courses are the same.


Application PortalSMSU Application Portal
Application FeeUG : $ 20
PG: $ 30
Payment ModeFlywire (recommended for international payments), cheque, money order, credit card
ACT Code2151
SAT Code6703
Intake SeasonsFall and Spring 
Academic CalendersSemester-based 
Financial AidStudent loans, federal grants, state grants, Federal Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans and Federal Work Study Program, Scholarships

SMSU Admission Deadlines

The admission deadlines for international applicants are as follows:

Undergraduate courses
Fall June 15
SpringNov 5
Graduate CoursesRolling

Southwest Minnesota State University International Admissions

With a current international students enrollment of around six percent, the Southwest Minnesota State University welcomes applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to submit additional documents. The details of additional requirements for international applicants are briefed in the sections below:

Admission Requirements for International Student

  • Cover letter (Recommended)
  • Application form
  • Financial statement form provided by the university or financial affidavit of support from sponsor
  • Bank statements
  • Secondary or high school transcripts
  • College transcripts (if applicable)
  • Report of medical history form provided by the university
  • Immunization record form provided by the university
  • English language test results
  • ACT/SAT scores (Recommended)
  • Copy of passport information page
  • International student transfer form (if applicable)

English Language Requirements

International students who want to apply to SMSU are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English by fulfilling either one of the minimum criteria as mentioned below:

English Language TestMinimum Requirements

Note: The minimum ELP score requirements for UG and PG applicants is same.

Visa Requirements for International Applicants

  • Submit a supporting bank letter/ Certification of Finances, a copy of Passport or national ID to obtain Form I-20 from the University.
  • Apply for F-1 Visa
  • Schedule visa interview

Southwest Minnesota State University Undergraduate Admissions

Southwest Minnesota State University offers over 55 undergraduate courses there is a myriad of degree options available to its students. The general undergraduate admission process for a prospective student at SMSU is given below:

How to apply: SMSU application portal

Application Fees: $ 20

Academic requirements:

  • ACT/SAT scores
  • Official high school transcripts or official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Core subject requirements:
  • English: 4 Units
  • Mathematics, Science & Social Science: 3 Units
  • Foreign language: 2 Units
  • Arts: 1 Unit
  • If applicants submit GED, 2 LOR and Personal statement should also be submitted.
  • English language scores for international applicants
  • Supporting Documents: Authorised financial statement, Proof of financial support, copy of passport for international applicants

Southwest Minnesota State University Graduate Admissions

SMSU offers a 2 Masters degree options- MBA and MS. admissions are offered on a rolling basis. The general & specific admission requirements are as follows:

How to apply: SMSU application portal

Application Fees: $ 30

Academic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s in the relevant course
  • Official Transcripts
  • English Proficiency scores for International students
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Immunization form
  • Personal statement of qualifications & career objectives
  • Supporting Documents: Authorised financial statement, Proof of financial support, copy of passport for international applicants, copy of current 120 or visa, if applicable, international form
  • Program-wise requirement:
    • MBA- GPA: 3.0, GMAT (min)-450
    • MS Education- GPA: 3.0
    • MS Physical Education- 2.5

The admissions policy at the university is moderately selective. The scores acquired in high school do not play a decisive role in admissions. Other factors, like LOR, essay, and documents showcasing the applicants capabilities are also given equal importance. The admissions decisions are released as and when the applications are reviewed.

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