South Dakota

South Dakota is a state in the Midwestern United States. It became a state in 1882, and is the 5th least populous state. South Dakota is named after the local Lakota and Dakota Native American tribes.  The Missouri River runs splits the state into two areas, commonly referred to as “West River,” and “East River.” South Dakota is nicknamed the “Mount Rushmore State” due to the national monument of the same name that was built in Keystone, South Dakota in the early 20th century. Besides being home to several national monuments and memorials, South Dakota has several great universities.

Dakota State University

Dakota State University is a public university located in Madison, South Dakota. DSU was founded in 1881 and today enrolls about 3,000 students annually. The university has an excellent student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, allowing professors to give each and every student the individual attention he or she needs to succeed academically. DSU has a variety of programs at the graduate and undergraduate level, with a number of specialized certificate programs. The university is science-focused, and the majority of all of its graduate programs are science degrees with several specific focuses like educational technology or health informatics. DSU works hard to assure students will reach their full potential. They have a comprehensive honors program, on-campus tutoring, freshmen seminars, and a variety of student resources like disability, veteran, and diversity services. Interested in finding out more about this school? Go to

South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is a public land-grant university, the largest in the state, located in Brookings, South Dakota. Students at SDSU can choose from nearly 200 different fields of student and earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Hands-on learning experiences inside the classroom, as well as opportunities like internships and study abroad programs ensure that each student will be prepared to enter his or her specific field ready to shine. 95% of all SDSU students graduate and go on to succeed. More than 12,000 students attend SDSU and engage in student athletics, and the 200+ student organizations, including a 350-member marching band, that enhance the college experience. The on-campus experience outside of the classroom is just as important as studying and hitting the books, and SDSU assures students feel welcome in the university community, and keep students active and engaged with a performing arts center, wellness center, coffee shops, and more. SDSU, besides having all the opportunities and resources of other large research university, is a unique place to learn. SDSU students and faculty have been celebrating Hobo Day with a parade and various events for 100 years. The Jackrabbits compete nationally in a number of women’s and men’s sports, including basketball, women’s equestrian, and men’s baseball. Ready to apply to South Dakota State University? Visit

University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota is a public university, the oldest in the state, located in Vermillion, South Dakota. USD has the state’s only medical and law schools. USD has been ranked as one of the nations’ best universities for undergraduate experience and they employ award-winning faculty to teach small classes with state-of-the-art methods and technology. Half of the doctors, most of the attorneys, and a good percentage of the teachers in South Dakota were educated at USD. Students at the great university can select their majors and minors from 132 diverse undergraduate programs, and 65 graduate programs. Almost 10,000 students enroll at USD every year, and the student-to-faculty ratio is about 17:1. Most freshmen and about 30% of undergraduate students live in the residence halls on-campus. At SDSU there is something to do for everyone. The university has 120 different student-run groups for every interest and hobby out there. The SDSU Coyotes battle on a number of sports teams like basketball, tennis, golf, and cross country. If you’re excited to learn more about this amazing school, go to for more information.

Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is a comprehensive public university located on 123 acres in Spearfish, South Dakota. The university also has smaller outreach sites in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Pierre. Additionally, many students enroll in distance-learning programs and take online classes. About 5,000 students, most of them from all 66 counties in South Dakota, attend classes at BHSU. BHSU offers 63 different bachelor’s degree programs and several master’s degree programs. BHSU has a diverse student body, including many Native American students and international students from 26 different countries. Almost a quarter of those attending BHSU are first-generation college students. If you want to learn more about academics or campus life at Black Hills State University, check them out at

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  1. My sister is indeed on planning to attend Black Hills this fall. She really enjoyed the campus, and was pleased that there weren’t a huge number of students that attended.

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