South Dakota State is an above-average public university located in Brookings, South Dakota. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,425 undergraduate students. The South Dakota State acceptance rate is 91%. Popular majors include Nursing, Animal Sciences and Husbandry, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 55% of students, South Dakota State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,900.
South Dakota State University Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.74 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.84 responses
Most Popular Majors
Animal Sciences and Husbandry109 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities102 Graduates
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences75 Graduates
Human Development73 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering65 Graduates
Crop and Soil Sciences55 Graduates
Agricultural Business54 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.104 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.118 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses
South Dakota State University Reviews
I love the campus here! There are so many ways to stay involved in extracurricular activities and clubs to join. The professors want you to do good in your academics and will help you be successful. There are also lots of opportunities for extra academic help like the free tutoring program, supplemental instruction sessions, review sessions, and study stops. The Wellness center has many counseling services for all types of needs as well. The facilities on campus are amazing.
I have enjoyed my first year of college at SDSU because I have met some great people here on campus! My Community Assistant has been very helpful in helping with homework I do not understand, or referring to someone else who could be more helpful. Daniels always encouraged us to come and chat with her if we ever needed to. My pre-calculus professor was always helpful with confusing homework and my speech teacher was very good about helping me find a better way to present my speech. Things that could be changed are better advertisement for sports events. I also do not like it that the university forces us to use so much money as freshman for food. I do not eat that much food, and often bring back soup or something else my mom has cooked. We do not get the money we did not use for food back which stinks. Because I do not like having to go buy things just to get rid of my money.
Overall, for my first year, the experience here has been pretty good. The campus is average, if not small, so it is easy to navigate and travel. They have many degrees that are hard to find in other colleges, for example, engineering degrees like civil engineering. I haven't had a bad experience yet with my professors, and most seem eager to help me understand the content we are learning. However, one of the negatives is the food options on campus. For those living exclusively on campus, the choices for what to eat are sparse and mediocre. But overall, it was a pleasant experience.