2017 Best Colleges in South Dakota

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    Augustana University

    • Sioux Falls, SD
    • 371 reviews
    College Junior:Academics at our school are some of the best in the Midwest. When we are given high ratings by business magazines/companies, it is for good reason! Our professors know their field and are always trying to learn more to better themselves every day. The workload can be hefty, but it isn't useless. If there is a program you want to go into but they don't have, find a professor and they will help you to accomplish your goals!
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    College Junior:I love the small and connected feel of South Dakota School of Mines. The people I go to school with are very dedicated to their schoolwork. Each day I am happy to say that I go to a school where I have a close relationship with all of the faculty who each show an earnest commitment for my learning. Within the school, even the professional societies have a close, constructive relationship with the students to help advancement into their fields. My favorite experience thus far has been my summer semester when I met my favorite professor and made a 4.0 out of 4.0 for grades in my 12 summer credit courses. I was really inspired this last summer by my hard work and the great advice from the professor. I would not change anything about my situation in transferring to my current university.
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    University of South Dakota

    • Vermillion, SD
    • 726 reviews
    College Sophomore:The employees on this campus work together. They are always in a good mood. They also like to greet all of the students in a positive and fine manner.
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    South Dakota State University

    • Brookings, SD
    • 1,134 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have been able to talk to a few professors and they have been very helpful my first two years. There are plenty classes to choose from and the class sizes are great. Some professors read off the slides and can put students to sleep and make students not want to show up as they feel they don't learn much.
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    Northern State University

    • Aberdeen, SD
    • 253 reviews
    College Sophomore:The atmosphere at Northern is great! It is a small community in itself and people genuinely get to know you. Plus, the Aberdeen community is very supportive of the school and wants to see it succeed
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    Presentation College

    • Aberdeen, SD
    • 130 reviews
    College Sophomore:The teachers are more interactive with the students in the classrooms. My school gives many volunteer opportunities to help out the community. I am a part of my schools football program, which the program is only four years old and this year will be five.
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    University of Sioux Falls

    • Sioux Falls, SD
    • 195 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love my school because the people are what make this school amazing. With its Christian values and Top-Notch professors, I have been receiving a quality education for a pretty great price! Not to mention all of the Financial Aid I have received from school and the personalized attention!
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    Dakota Wesleyan University

    • Mitchell, SD
    • 103 reviews
    College Junior:Getting the money needed for tuition is very hard and an extreme headache. The food is awful, the area is dull, and if I hadn't have met some amazing people, I would have transferred a long time ago.
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    Dakota State University

    • Madison, SD
    • 226 reviews
    College Senior:When it comes to academics, DSU is a good choice because the size of the school allows you to directly attain help from the professor when needed, which is something bigger school do not have. The down side is the location, the Madison is not the most fun place to live but that depends of one's opinion of what they find fun.
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    Mount Marty College

    • Yankton, SD
    • 122 reviews
    College Sophomore:My first year at Mount Marty College was somewhat okay. I believe that the amount of schooling should add up to the dorms, meals, price of textbooks, etc. That is not the case. Other than that, Mount Marty College is a great school to gain more knowledge in the career I would like to obtain.
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    Black Hills State University

    • Spearfish, SD
    • 555 reviews
    College Senior:They do a great job partnering with the community and near by communities to create connections for internships! But I do not have much knowledge about alumni networks or employer recruiting since I am headed straight to graduate school!
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    Oglala Lakota College

    • Kyle, SD
    • 120 reviews