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South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

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About This Campus

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher-education institution founded in 1881. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2020 enrollment of 11,405, with students coming from 49 states and more than 70 countries. Students can choose from 82 majors, 35 specializations, 94 minors, 36 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. The university also offers courses at various off-campus sites as well as undergraduate and graduate programs online through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education. The 360-acre campus is the most beautiful and spacious in South Dakota. SDSU offers over 200 clubs and organizations to get involved with while attending the university. When in South Dakota, you must experience the western part of the state and see the scenic Black Hills, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and the famous Wall Drug Store.

Location Information

Named by Safewise as the safest college town in America in 2016, Brookings (pop. 23,938) is just 55 miles north of Sioux Falls on Interstate-29, 200 miles from Minneapolis and 400 miles east of Rapid City and the Black Hills. Students from Nebraska, North Dakota and Iowa also find SDSU within an easy day’s drive. Brookings is in the farmland of eastern South Dakota. Brookings provides its residents with many outdoor activities including hunting, camping, fishing, and cross-country skiing.

2021/2022 Placement

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Host Payment
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Home Payment
Open

2022/2023 Placement

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Home Payment
Excellent

Learn more about Chance of Placement
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Fast Facts

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Location | Brookings
Population | 24,509
Enrollment | 11,518
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 08/19-12/08
Spring | 01/11-05/07

Campus Diversity

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1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 1%
Black | 2%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Two or more | 2%
White | 84%
Other | 7%
International | 5%

Academics

Registration
  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing Pharmacy

Notable Academic Programs

  • Computer Science - Graduates of the program work in many different areas such as; application programmer, network designer, database administrator, information technologist, game development, and many others. Computer Science related jobs are among the ten fastest growing careers that show a lot of promise and opportunity for growth. Majors complete a core of basic computer science courses that includes the study of programming and algorithms, data structures, database concepts, computer architecture and organization, programming languages, compilers, operating systems, and software engineering. Important courses in closely related fields, e.g., discrete mathematics, digital logic design, scientific computation, and probability and statistics are also taken. Computer Science students are required to study all aspects of computing, including hardware, software, and theory.
  • Precision Agriculture - The Precision Agriculture major prepares students for careers that bridge the gaps between agronomy, agriculture machinery management, and data sciences caused by the rapid evolution of high-speed sensor technology. SDSU is currently the only institution to offer this undergraduate major in the US.
  • Architecture - All functions of DoArch are housed in a single location, the Chicoine Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Hall, with administrative and faculty offices; light filled design studios and pin-up spaces; and a 13,000 square foot workshop outfitted with state of the art manual and CNC fabrication, construction and manufacturing tools. DoArch has a unique mandate to remain a small program of no more than 220 students, making it one of the smallest architecture programs in the USA working among practices of no more than ten architects working out of a fine fabric of small agrarian and mining cities. For us, as E.F. Schumacher quipped, "Small is Beautiful."
  • Veterinary Medicine - The South Dakota State University Professional (DVM) Program in Veterinary Medicine is designed to prepare future veterinarians to serve in critical roles across the spectrum of animal health, environmental health, and public health. The new program is made possible through a formal cooperative agreement, in which SDSU students admitted into the professional program complete the first two years of their veterinary medical education at South Dakota State University and then transfer to the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine (UMN CVM) for the final two years of study. The collaborative program will meet all accreditation requirements of the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education for the UMN CVM accredited program. Once students complete the required pre-veterinary curriculum, they can apply to the Professional Program.
  • Natural Resource Law Enforcement - The Natural Resource Law Enforcement Program was developed in coordination with state and federal agencies and is only 1 of 5 similar programs in the U.S. The curriculum builds a strong integrated academic foundation in natural resource management, conservation biology, environmental policy, and criminal justice. Experiential learning will prepare students for the daily duties of the career and connect students with prospective future employers. Skills in communication, conflict resolution, teamwork, leadership, ethics, laws and human dimensions, statistics, technology, global competence, critical thinking, and problem solving will be developed during pursuit of this degree. Students enrolled in the Natural Resource Law Enforcement degree have the option to double major in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Horticulture - The Horticulture major is designed to prepare students for careers in nursery production, local food production, landscape, tree management, garden center operation, greenhouse production, or for entry into research and graduate study in horticultural science. Greenhouse facilities and extensive field plots in woody and herbaceous ornamentals, fruit, and vegetables provide students with the opportunity to experience all aspects of plant production and management. SDSU also boasts a Seed Testing Laboratory where they are teaching, training, and research. For well over 50 years, we have hired students as part-time analysts and taught them to test seeds properly. The training and experience these students gain is unsurpassed, and we routinely carry anywhere from 10 to 20 student-employees during the fall and spring semesters. Over the years we have hired and trained well over 800 student seed analysts, and many of them have gone on to become seed analysts or to work in the seed trade.
  • American Indian Studies - The American Indian and Indigenous Studies program provides students with opportunities to engage with American Indian communities within domestic contexts. The American Indian and Indigenous Studies program is committed to broadening the knowledge of students interested in the histories, languages, cultures, arts and contemporary situations of American Indian nations and people. The program emphasizes the historical and contemporary significance of American Indian experiences. Graduates can seek advanced degrees in professional and graduate schools or careers in tribal, state or federal government levels, non-profit organizations, or community development. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.
  • Entrepreneurship - The major in Entrepreneurial Studies is designed to enhance entrepreneurial talent by providing students with the knowledge, skills and experiences to think entrepreneurially and create value in our society. Curricular and extracurricular opportunities in the program will train students to cultivate a mindset for thinking creatively and develop the ability to be innovative. The curriculum emphasizes: Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Interdisciplinary electives. This curriculum model will allow students to gain fundamental knowledge, skills and experience to think entrepreneurially and be leaders by adopting an innovative and creative thought process. Students may be interested in starting a new business or growing an existing business, working independently as a creative artist or inventor, consulting or management of an organization, development, sales or marketing of new products.
  • Geographic Information Sciences - Study human-environment interactions and learn geospatial technologies like cartography, remote sensing and computational analysis. The major allows students to gain hands-on experience with computerized Geographic Information System (GIS) that integrate hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS allows researchers to work with data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. Graduates of this program are prepared to apply their geographic knowledge and technical skills to address problems related to global climate change, regional planning and development, natural resources and much more.
  • Aviation Studies - The South Dakota State University Aviation Program is four year program that produces quality graduates who are well prepared for careers in the aviation industry. The Aviation Program offers students high quality aviation training at competitive rates. Students in the program graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation and may choose between two specializations as they work to further hone their educational experience, Aviation Education or Aviation Maintenance Management.

Options
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Advertising
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Journalism
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Athletic Training
  • Aviation Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Cell Biology
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Choral Music
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Health
  • Construction Management
  • Dietetics
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Exercise Science
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Family Studies
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Human Development
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Landscape Architecture/Design
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Military Sciences
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Operations Management
  • Painting
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Range Management/Resources
  • Recreation Management
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Studio Art
  • Teacher Education
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Visual Arts
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Management

Conditions

GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 08/02/21

Finances
  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $4650.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 19 ($260 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 19 ($260 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003471

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $20.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $75.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Activity Fee $50.85 Credit Hour Host Mandatory
Parking Fee $161 Year Host & Home Optional

Important Notes: Some majors require additional discipline fees. More information can be found on the Tuition & Fees By Major page on the SDSU website. Parking fee listed is for on-campus students.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/02/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 33% living on campus
  • Double: $3620 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Off-Campus Housing: https://offcampushousing.sdstate.edu/registration. Average Off-Campus Rent: - Studio Apartment: $750 - 1 Bedroom Apartment: $800 - 2 Bedroom Apartment: $970 - 3 Bedroom Apartment: $1,210

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1554 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
The 100 Block meal plan gives you 100 block meals to use for the entire semester at our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall Larson Commons, in addition to $844 Flex Dollars. The 50 Block meal plan gives you 50 block meals to use for the entire semester at our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall Larson Commons, in addition to $1087 Flex Dollars.

Health

Figures per Semester are current as of 08/02/21

Important Notes about Health Insurance
SDSU does not offer a student health insurance policy

Requirements

  • Health records due by:
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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