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Sitting Bull College Reviews

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  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Campus has its own 24/7 on-site security.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sitting Bull is a Tribal College located on the Standing Rock Lakota reservation and Native American studies has a part in each course at the College.

    What to do for fun

    Powwow season, camping, hiking, basketball, school clubs, skiing (closer to Mandan) and more are part of the variety of fun things to do around Fort Yates. Be aware: if you do not like being outdoors, this is probably not the school for you.

    Food and Dining

    Sitting Bull College is still in fundraising efforts for its first cafeteria at this point. For now, there are vending machines as well as caring staff who frequently cook up something to share in the student lounge, but students are required to be responsible for their own food including those living on campus. The dorm apartments are equipped with kitchenettes including microwaves, electric burners, fridges, and the student lounge has an oven available, and the family housing is slightly more equipped. During the summer and fall a Fort Yates farmer's market offers a great selection of local inexpensive vegetables and Fort Yates has a handful of stores that serve food, both packaged and ready-to-eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Sitting Bull College is quiet. Fort Yates has only a handful of stores and not many are open late. Drinking and drugs are not allowed in the student apartments (dorms) nor at the family housing. Guests at the dorms are required to leave in the evenings at a set time. The dorm apartments each consist of four bedrooms and a shared kitchen/living space as well as a shared bathroom with separated shower, toilet, and sink facilities. The dorms are clean and modern and provide a positive studying atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Sitting Bull College is no joke academically- yes, the instructors will try and help you learn and there are always tutors available, but you have to be willing to put in the work, especially as you get deeper into your chosen discipline. Undergraduate Environmental Studies majors need to be ready to go into the field and do sampling from the start, and Education majors need to be ready to spend a lot of time in actual classrooms; if you're attending for a CDL, mechanic, or building-trades course be prepared to be spending much of your time working actually partaking in these skills/trades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students- be aware that entering Sitting Bull is like entering a family- there is no slacking-off, no cutting corners, everyone at the College is dedicated to your success and so you must be too. The more you get involved with extracurricular happenings, whether it be one of the several clubs such as the American Indian Business Leaders, the Rodeo Club, the Ecology Club, or the Culture Club, and the community, through various community events both on and off-campus, the more you will feel get to grow and enjoy your experience. Due in part to knowledgable and interested professors who apply both Native American connections and real-world applications you should come excited to learn.

    In three sentences

    Sitting Bull College is, as one outreach coordinator says, the Harvard of Tribal Colleges, and it deserves this- the education offered at Sitting Bull is top-notch, whether pursuing business, education, environmental studies, or other majors. The classes at Sitting Bull are small providing a lot of one-on-one attention and the instructors are dedicated professionals who work hard to ensure the learning and success of every student. As a student, and without exception all other students I know here would say similar, I feel I am lucky to attend such a great small school.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I didn't stick around for any, but I know they have a walking club..

    Great for these types of students

    outgoing, optimistic upbeat students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    What to do for fun

    Sit in the Student lounge and relax, snack or check out their bookstore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a great year

    In three sentences

    Best College I have attended in my quest to earn a degree, the staff is friendly and very helpful and the students are very pleasant to be around.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    New clubs can be formed.

    Great for these types of students

    Any one seeking to learn about native culture.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Only the traditional prayers before meals and before any ceremony.

    Bang for the buck

    For any one wanting to learn about the native culture this college offers this opportunity not only in classes but also in some fun recreational activities like the putting up a tipi contest.

    What to do for fun

    Sign up for any and all of the college activities as they are very enteraining and informational.

    Food and Dining

    Though the campus does not currently have a cafeteria they do offer lunches on occation free of charge!

    Dorm Life

    I have not stayed in a dorm here.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been challenged in my academic ability.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in touch with your accademic advisors and financial aide officers they will help to ensure you are getting your best education and funding availibility.

    In three sentences

    Sitting Bull College has alot of great classes to offer. I enjoy going to classes and meeting new peers at the start of each semester. Sitting Bull College is a very affordable and credited college that I would recommend to any of my friends.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    For what Sitting Bull College charges for full-time tuition, you can take 12-18 credits.

    What to do for fun

    Events hosted often.

    Food and Dining

    No cafeteria on campus. However, the are events quite often for which the school provides a catered meal.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms and family housing available. I can't speak for it because I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough...but you will be happy for it in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be challenged by your instructors and the material as well. Be serious about attending classes and absorb all you can. Challenge the instructors on things you don't agree with, you may be surprised at just how much you get out of that as well.

    In three sentences

    Sitting Bull College is big enough to offer the classes I need, but small enough that each instructor knows me by name, and I can get the assistance I need in each class. They have bent over backwards to try and accommodate my life around the scheduling. Recommend this school for traditional students, but also to nontraditional students like myself.