Students thinking about attending one of the South Dakota colleges can choose between universities and technical colleges when it comes to a higher education at the public level. In fact, South Dakota's higher education system includes six universities and four technical schools in all. There also are numerous private universities in South Dakota, such as the University of Mary, in Bismarck, and Augustana University, in Sioux Falls. Distance learning is an option, too, with the state's Electronic University Consortium providing information on various training opportunities and online degree programs in the state.
An articulation agreement put in place by the state's higher board of education allow students to continue their education from a technical institute in South Dakota to one of the public universities in South Dakota that best fits their skills and needs. Students also can find reciprocity agreements between public schools in South Dakota and Minnesota. Finally, dual credit programs and the South Dakota Corp Scholarship Program help to keep students attending a postsecondary institute within the state instead of heading elsewhere.
The University of South Dakota, in Vermillion, offers on-campus and distance education to about 10,000 students. It's known as the state's flagship university and has a mixture of buildings more than 100 years old and new structures, such as the Sanford Coyote Sports Complex, on campus. Black Hills State University, on the western side of the state, covers 123 acres and offers online learning, graduate programs, a focus on sustainability and even a second location in Rapid City. Among the other colleges in South Dakota is the South Dakota School of Mines and Technologies, founded in 1885, and providing an education into mining, a major area industry in the Rapid City area. Additionally, the school is known for its science and engineering programs.
For more information on the South Dakota Higher Education System, see https://www.sdbor.edu.