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Southwest State University

Overview
Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1963
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 5,606
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $2,541,000
Admissions Address

1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258

Website

http://www.southwestmsu.edu

Admissions E-mail

shearerr@southwestmsu.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.2
Send application by: September 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Richard Shearer
Admissions office telephone: (507) 537-6286
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: September 1
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: No set date
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $20
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: Yes
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
 
https://www.applyweb.com/aw?swsu/ Tuition deposit: $20 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $100 (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 3
Science 3 3
Lab 2 2
Foreign language 2 2
Social studies 3 3
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 17 17

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Required
Admissions interview: Required
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: September 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: September 1
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 74%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 74%
Total applicants: 1,430
Total acceptances: 1,062
Total freshman enrollment: 506
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

 
Male applicants: N/A
Male acceptances: N/A
Male freshman enrollment: N/A
 
Female applicants: N/A
Female acceptances: N/A
Female freshman enrollment: N/A
Out-of-state freshmen: N/A
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 12%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 19%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 66%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 93%
Average high school GPA: 3.2
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 94%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 1%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: N/A
Math: N/A
Combined: N/A

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 N/A N/A
600-699 N/A N/A
500-599 N/A N/A
400-499 N/A N/A
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 92%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 18 – 24

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 1.2% 3.2% 1.7%
24-29 20.9% 18.9% 24.8%
18-23 64.1% 47.8% 47.1%
12-17 13.6% 29.2% 26.2%
6-11 0.2% 0.9% 0.2%
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A

 



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