Students & Families


SMSU Parent & Family Drive

Each year, Southwest Minnesota State University reaches out to family members of current and past Mustang students.  We call this the Parent & Family Drive. The purpose of the Parent & Family Drive is to share information about upcoming events here at SMSU and the importance of supporting our Southwest Fund.

Quick Facts about SMSU graduates:

  1. 99% of recent SMSU graduates are employed! This is the highest rate for graduates of all the Minnesota State public universities.
  2. SMSU ranked #1 for lifetime return on investment among the Minnesota State public universities. What does this mean? SMSU alumni have high earnings in comparison to the affordable amount they pay to attend SMSU.

These are two key reasons why SMSU is a great place for students to earn their degree!  




Our annual SMSU Parent & Family Drive raises critical financial support for the Southwest Fund. With a broad impact on campus, the Southwest Fund has likely directly benefited your student or graduate in some way.

Here are important areas the Southwest Fund impacts:

  • Student Scholarships—the SMSU Foundation awards around $1 million in scholarships every year. The Southwest Fund alone provides $80,000 in leadership and other student scholarships.

  • Academic Programs—the Southwest Fund helps build programs and strengthen departments all across campus, including major projects like the SMSU Undergraduate Research Conference. This innovative student research exhibition involves hundreds of students each school year.

  • Special Grants Program—a unique funding source for SMSU faculty and staff that provides grants for projects that enhance the student experience at SMSU. Funded exclusively through the Southwest Fund, over $225,000 has been awarded through this program.

  • Equipment & Technology—from lab and classroom enhancements, to technology upgrades, the Southwest Fund supports capital improvements to modernize the environment in which SMSU students learn and equip them for the workforce.

Gifts from parent and family members like you ensures the Southwest Fund has a major impact on campus—year after year. 
The needs are greater today than ever.

Please make your investment in SMSU students by donating to the Southwest Fund