South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University, or SDSU, is the largest university in the state of South Dakota. It was established in 1881 and is specially recognized for its academic programs in agriculture, engineering, nursing, pharmacy and liberal arts. The campus is totals over 250 acres. SDSU awards bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees, through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Counseling
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • College of General Studies
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy

South Dakota State University's athletic mascot is the jackrabbit and their sports teams are known as the Jacks.

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Contacting South Dakota State

South Dakota State University
Administration Lane
Brookings , SD 57007-1898
General Phone: (605) 688-4151

South Dakota State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts313German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, international studies, economics, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine311registered nursing, nurse practitioner, nursing science
Engineering186engineering, bioengineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, mechanical engineering, engineering management
Science145biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, physics
Medicine130pharmacy, pharmaceutics and drug design
Engineering Technician111electronics tech, manufacturing tech, industrial safety tech, construction engineering tech
Therapy and Counseling104psychology, counseling psychology
Education and Teaching103curriculum and instruction, educational administration, early childhood education, agricultural teaching, music teaching, technical teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy98parks and recreation studies, parks and recreation management, health and physical education, health and fitness, athletic trainer
Family and Social Work95family resource management, consumer economics, food and nutrition, family studies
Animal Science and Care76animal science, dairy science
Agricultural Science and Management74agriculture, agricultural operations, agricultural economics, agricultural mechanization
Landscaping and Horticulture64applied horticulture, landscaping, plant sciences, agronomy, range management
Media61journalism, journalism courses
Conservation and Resource Management54environmental science, natural resources management, wildlife management
Mathematics25mathematics, computational mathematics
Design23interior design, graphic design
Hospitality22hotel management
Computer Science and Engineering15computer and info science, software engineering
Medical Support and Technology13clinical lab tech
Transportation12aviation tech
Art Studies12visual and performing arts
Construction Trades9apparel and textile marketing
Music5music, music management
Business and Management1entrepreneurship

Number of programs and degrees for South Dakota State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree162
Bachelor's degree1,68469
Master's degree27519
Doctor's degree2110
Award of less than 1 academic year43
Post-master's certificate01
First-professional degree621

South Dakota State Student Body

In 2007-2008, South Dakota State had a total enrollment of 11,645 students (9,808 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%
First Professional 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 9%
18-19 27%
20-21 27%
22-24 18%
25-29 9%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

South Dakota State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %
Part-Time 60 %

South Dakota State Room and Board (2007)

South Dakota State offers campus housing for 3,652 of its 9,808 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Brookings, South Dakota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Dakota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

South Dakota State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT97%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

South Dakota State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,808
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,143
Room and board $ 5,423
Room charge $ 2,450
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,973
Books and supplies $ 1,014
Other expenses $ 3,494

Financial Aid:
South Dakota State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 347100)

South Dakota State Faculty

South Dakota State has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year38$99,64317$100,714
Associate professorcalendar year16$84,4397$89,487
Assistant professorcalendar year6$72,8389$81,535
Instructorcalendar year4$62,6473$48,655
Lecturercalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year64$91,01737$87,970

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year64$80,10430$75,651
Associate professoracademic year46$64,36521$64,929
Assistant professoracademic year62$57,09540$54,452
Instructoracademic year28$43,52079$43,053
Lectureracademic year2*5$37,116
All faculty totalacademic year202$63,932175$53,702

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

South Dakota State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Missouri Valley Conference
Basketball Mid-Continent Conference
Baseball Mid-Continent Conference
Track Mid-Continent Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3388121

South Dakota State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Mechanization, General
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Dairy Science

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Software Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management

Graphic Design
Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Music Teacher Education
Technical Teacher Education

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering, General
Engineering/Industrial Management
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Consumer Economics
Family Resource Management Studies, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Sciences, General
Range Science and Management

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Geography, Other
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Computational Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Journalism, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music Management and Merchandising
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Microbiology, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General

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What Sets South Dakota State Apart:

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% of degrees in medicine
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% of degrees in agricultural science and management
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% of degrees in animal science and care
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checked Option to study abroad
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