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South Dakota State University (SD State) Reviews

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  • 08/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 1 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone on a tight budget or anyone involved in Engineering, Agriculture or the Math and Sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check out all the dorms, as some are newer (and much nicer) than the others. Matthews and Brown are both the top winners in my book.

    Bang for the buck

    You cannot possible beat the price SDSU has to offer. Not only does it cost easily under $13k to attend the college but the living expenses in South Dakota are just cheaper in general. This is a perfect place for any student on a tight budget.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the environment at SDSU - everyone is friendly and anyone can find a group with similar interests as himself or herself. (Almost) all the teachers are open to questions and are very very helpful.

    Am learning a lot

    SDSU has a great environment set up for learning and getting to that boring part of college we all dread...studying. The fact that most of the people in my dorm (Matthews) were involved in the same things as I am meant they were in a lot of my classes which made it awesome when it came time to getting some work done! The student union is a fantastic quiet place to kick back, enjoy a cup of coffee and get some last minute studying done.

  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 2 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The west edge of campus is devoted to the country kids, especially Hansen hall and the Animal Science unit. Midwestern kids will feel right at home in the small town atmosphere, but city kids will appreciate the variety of people and activities. Sports fanatics will love the Division I sporting events and dramatics should take note of our Performing Arts Center, which is world class and soon to be expanded.

    Tips for prospective students

    What makes SDSU such a great fit for me are the activities I am involved in. UPC, Student's Association, and being on the Women's Equestrian Team all keep me busy while providing me with the opportunity to meet new people all the time. The people on campus are exceptionally welcoming and open. Even the professors take an uncommon interest in their students. They are always available to help or answer questions. But bring your winter gear...campus is COLD!

  • 11/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 16 people found this review useful. 2 people found it offensive. 6 people found this inaccurate. 3 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Cowboys, small-town kids, stoners, slackers, pharmacy majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get into the Grove Area dorms; Pierson, Mathews, Brown or Larson Area dorms Binnewies and Young. They're close to the Union and all the activity on campus. Plus, the bathrooms and Larson Commons dining area are newly renovated.

    Bang for the buck

    It's really nicely priced and if one is looking for easy classes and a social climate like high school, it's a great place to be.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is nothing to do off campus and nobody keeps their doors open in the residence halls. It seems like people already have their friends from high school and they don't want to meet any more. In the first month here I encountered more racism and horrid behavior than I would ever expect. There are a lot of people who are not afraid to voice their prejudices here. All the clubs and activities I was interested in are practically dead, like Spanish Club or American Humanics.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are barely stimulating. Even in my 300 level classes I feel like I did harder things in high school.

  • 08/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 4 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Consider SDSU especially if you are interested in agriculture, engineering, pharmacy or nursing. The other programs are good as well. I chose SDSU as much for its programs as for its closeness to home. Anyone from SD, MN and some other surrounding states should consider SDSU for an affordable, quality education.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to live on campus the first year, make the most of it. There are so many opportunities on campus; you just have to put yourself out there and find something you like to do. Keep your door open when you're in your hall because it's easier to meet people that way. Get a flex meal plan if you want to eat somewhere other than Larson all the time. And usually when professors tell you to read something, you should. If you don't, it may come back to haunt you. It's no fun to try to catch up, so try to stay on top of your work. But most of all, have fun! College is suppose to be a good time.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though tuition was slightly raised again, SDSU is still by far one of the most affordable institutions of its kind. A year of school costs just under $13,000 if you live on campus and buy your books through the university store. Because SDSU wants all students to get a good education, there are many scholarships and financial aid available to students. That's how I can afford school coming from a farming household. I feel I have definitely received my money's worth of an education.

    Am enjoying being here

    When I first stepped onto campus, I felt at home. The dorm life is set up well, so you can make many new friends and have new experiences. I live in a central part of campus, so it's always easy to find something to do but it's still easy to focus on my studies as well. I have been able to make more friends through organizations I've joined that interest me (SWE, HCSO, FOCUS). There is something here for everyone!

    Am learning a lot

    I enjoy classes at SDSU because the professors care about the students. It gives the place very much a small-town feeling. I would definitely rank the education that the Engineering college has to offer up there with some of the better known Engineering colleges across the country. Also at SDSU, I am able to make my degree unique by combining different technical electives.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is a great school if your looking into Nursing, Pharmacy, Engineering, Pre-Veterinary, and any other pre-professions. All around SDSU has very many different majors, you could change your mind 100 times and still have something to fall back on.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say it's best to find where you study best once you get to campus, since you will be using that place quite a bit. Also, it's less of a hassle when you order your books online instead of getting them from the bookstore, unless you want to wait 30-45min in line.

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is definitely worth your money. If you put in an honest effort to meet people and do well in school your more than likely going to succeed! SDSU sets you up so that you are guaranteed to have a job right after graduation.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere at SDSU! They have so many activities for all types of people. They really encourage everyone to get out and be active. You can even join their University Program Council (UPC) as a freshman! The best part would be living in the dorms, it's like living in a hotel with friends.

    Am learning a lot

    I graduated with a class of 17, and I was really worried about how I would be able to handle learning at a college level, but SDSU is a great school for obtaining knowledge. Since I have been at school I feel like I have made the right choice for the career that I would like to pursue. I am currently a pre-nursing student who has made the Dean's list within the first semester of college. I feel that SDSU has great programs and they will only get better from here.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There were a couple of attacks in 2010, but the man was caught and he was not an SDSU student. Since, they have started programs around campus to better campus security. The dorms are locked past a certain time and only residents of that dorm can get into the building, there are also escorts you can call to walk around campus with you after dark if you don't feel safe. Overall the campus is well lit and the student body is friendly.

    Greek Life

    There are many different sororities and fraternities, but unlike some larger universities, Greek life is not the center of SDSU. It's equivalent to most of the clubs and activities on campus, if you seek it out you will find it and probably enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs derive from specific majors but there is also a large multicultural center based within the Student Union, as well as many clubs based around religion, culture, politics, hobbies, charity, etc. Most clubs post information fliers around the Rotunda (where most of the freshman and large capacity classes are held). Intramural sports are also a popular activity for those who enjoy playing sports but don't want the commitment of playing on a collegiate team.

    Great for these types of students

    Any. SDSU used to be considered a agriculturally and wildlife/fisheries based school and although agricultural programs still thrive, it is also known for great engineering, pharmacy and nursing programs. SDSU is a D1 school with a large variety of sports, from equestrian and rodeo to baseball, basketball and soccer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Although our mascot is the Jackrabbit, our homecoming weekend is labeled Hobo Days and you will often see shirts and signs related to SDSU that refer to the student body as Hobos.

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is becoming a well recognized public university, especially within the Midwest. Although tuition does continue to increase, it is still one of the most affordable education options out there. I am an out of state student and I pay half as much as I would have paid for the same degree in my home state.

    What to do for fun

    Dorms are the best way to meet friends at SDSU, there are many common television and living room areas that the students generally congregate in. Also, located within the basement of the Student Union is a game area with pool tables and dart boards. You can also rent bicycles and outdoor equipment there as well.

    Food and Dining

    SDSU has expanded the Student Union vastly since I first enrolled in 2010. There are coffee and bagel shops, cafeteria style as well as restaurant style dining options. As of this upcoming year they are also adding some popular fast food options to the Union.

    Dorm Life

    Although the dorm rooms are small, SDSU has made a conscious effort to increase not only the amount of dorms available to students, but also the quality. As of 2011, there were 3 brand new dorms on campus, and they are adding 3 more for this upcoming 2012 fall semester. You can choose to live either by yourself or with a roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    It is difficult to rate academic rigor on a scale basis. As with most colleges, there are majors that consist of easy classes and there are majors that require more effort and contain difficult coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and explore the different dorm options and meal plans. It is required to live on campus for the first two years of attendance so it is helpful to find a living situation that is the perfect fit for you!

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University is an ever growing college located in Brookings, South Dakota, just 45 minutes north of Sioux Falls. There are many different majors and opportunities available at SDSU. The campus is large, but walkable, professors are helpful and insightful and class sizes are generally small which really enhances the learning experience.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are University Police telephone booths all over campus that are lit up in case you feel uneasy. The University Police roam around campus all day, everyday, so crime is at a very low point.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide variety of sports clubs, language clubs, and other activities. All you have to do is get in touch with people who are in charge, and they can lead you in the right direction.

    What to do for fun

    There are volleyball courts, basketball courts, and even a frisbee golf park on campus. SDSU has many fields where people play football and other sports like that on. Not to mention their large running track, and up-to-date sidewalks.

    Food and Dining

    There's a wide variety of places to go. There are two common areas that have many food choices. Like a grill, java city, sandwich bar, and pizza. They have a system called Hobo Dough that is accepted at most restaurants around town, which is great because if you want to escape the campus for a while, you can still use your college funds to go out and have dinner with friends.

    Dorm Life

    All dorms have the essential things you need like a bed with a mattress, a desk, and a dresser. The bathrooms are very clean. Most dorms have study areas where you can get away from your room mate if you so choose to have a little quiet time for studying.

    Academic Rigor

    The assignments for classes are usually drawn out so you won't be pounded with homework in one class--- that is unless you skip class. The teachers are very serious about their job and are really there for everybody's benefit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't fret about all the applications you have to fill out. They usually process quickly, and all your troubles are soon gone! Don't worry about meeting your new room mate, because they will probably be really nice!

    In three sentences

    SDSU has small classes, so you can have one-on-one talks with the professors. SDSU has all the resources you need, whether it's the computer lab, library, study areas, a huge gym, etc. SDSU has a great staff that is full of friendly, generous people.

  • 01/20/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for students who want to go to school with quite a large number of students, and who want to be able to participate in a plethora of different groups and activites.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are ok with classes of 300 some people, because these are the classes I spent my first semester in. And also make sure you are ready for some serious walking, or I guess you could bike or drive if you really wanted to.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus does feature a lot of different places that your tuition dollars go to such as the new wellness center. While there is a lot of construction going on this year there are a lot of old classrooms that could use some sprucing up.

    Am enjoying being here

    SDSU is a lot of fun. The campus is huge and there is a lot of different activities for every person.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot for the most part, however most general classes are host to 300 students which makes concentrating somewhat difficult.

  • 12/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The students are very open to any possibility and with the professors supportive attitudes, I strongly feel anyone would feel at home here. Even if you have not been to school in decades, this school is still perfect.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend go in with a clear mind. College is very different from high school. No more judgmental comments, feeling left out, or the rumors that were spread around. College is more mature and is a blast! Even though there is a lot to do, never forget to read your materials! Once you fall behind, it is very hard to catch up. The professors do not always tell you the homework assignments so keep in mind it is your own responsibility to finish them.

    Bang for the buck

    While other schools are pretty expensive, SDSU offers plenty scholarships, grants, and work, but for the money paid out of pocket is very worth it. You will not find a campus as supportive as SDSU. Like I have said, the professors want to see you succeed and will help with assigning tutors, private lessons, and asking the random questions that come to mind.

    Am enjoying being here

    SDSU has so many clubs, fun nights, and extracurricular activities that no one could say they are bored. Professors push you to be your best but enjoy helping you whenever it is needed. I love the fact that the professors will work with you on your schedule. I needed to end my semester a few days early and all my professors let me take my finals early. It is amazing how much they care! I love it here!

    Am learning a lot

    I absolutely love SDSU! Not only are the professors fun but they care about what you learn and that you understand what you are learning. Knowing the professors are there to help you, it pushes you to work your hardest. SDSU provides a great community to find friends, study groups, or new interests. The advisers are willing to help anyone; even if you do not know what you want to be. SDSU is an ideal school for anyone at any age and any learning level! I love it here and you will too!

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are very strict.

    Greek Life

    I do not know much about the Greek Life because I was never involved, but I know some people who are members and they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide variety of clubs and activities available for students.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, like to have fun students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SDSU has a dairy bar with delicious ice cream, a campanile that you can climb, an art museum, and a beautiful nature park called McCrory Gardens.

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is quite cheap if you're an in-state student compared to a lot of other colleges.

    What to do for fun

    SDSU offers many different sporting events that go on all year long that is free to students. SDSU's Wellness center has a bunch of exercise equipment and classes that students can take. There are occasional dances that are usually pretty fun, and the UPC puts on a lot of free, fun events.

    Food and Dining

    Almost all of the book they have is absolutely delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are expensive and small.

    Academic Rigor

    I am transferring because they didn't have my major that I wanted, however they do offer a wide variety of majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    If getting the food plan, budget your money, but SDSU food services help you do this. Be prepared to walk, the campus is quite large. When buying books for your classes I highly recommend buying them online via amazon.com or half.com. They are way cheaper than SDSU's bookstore. And I would highly recommend reselling your books on amazon.com or half.com because you are more likely to get your money back opposed to trying to sell them back to the SDSU bookstore.

    In three sentences

    SDSU has a wide variety of programs and opportunities for it's students. They constantly have construction going on, which I did not like as a student because I never really felt like I was getting the typical college experience because of it. The classes I have taken range from have 400 students in one classroom to being one of fifteen students.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UPD is a joke. Instead of looking out for the students, they write more tickets than anything else.

    Greek Life

    Small, but close knit. Growing rapidly with the expansions of Greek Village.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not very many options that aren't major-related.

    Great for these types of students

    Agricultural majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HOBO DAYS. Look it up.

    Bang for the buck

    Way over priced. Very few scholarships available meaning students have to take out huge loans for going to a small public school.

    What to do for fun

    Absolutely nothing. Drive to Sioux Falls for any options.

    Food and Dining

    Food is awful. Extremely limited choices (especially for people with food allergies). Insanely expensive/over priced for the quality. Only redeeming quality is the SDSU ice cream from the dairy plant on campus.

    Dorm Life

    CA's are the most annoying people ever. Say a little prayer you don't get an awful one. Residential Life is the biggest joke I've ever experienced. Ridiculously unorganized, and the students suffer from it. Try for one of the dorms with air conditioning if you can.

    Academic Rigor

    All generals are a joke-most students don't even bother to attend class. Exams are online in the really easy classes. Once in your upper level classes specific to your major, things get tougher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a window fan for the dorms- it will keep you sane. Room with someone you know, but not too well (you want to stay friends). Don't be afraid to change your major!

    In three sentences

    Small college town with limited opportunities. Strong agricultural focus with lots of small town kids. Terrible campus maintenance (salting, snow removal, etc).

  • 08/10/2012

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 78

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    This campus is growing and will provide many opportunities for me and my fellow class mates. They offer all of the classes that I am interested in. They also offer the degrees I want to pursue for future jobs.

  • 12/25/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and adventurous. Although, even if you are the quiet type, the people on campus really encourage you to come out and explore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out and about. There are a lot of things that a student can do on our campus. From sports to international activities, there is a lot the students can do. Also, use resources such as SI and tutoring, they help in many aspects, and can allow you to grow in your classes.

    Bang for the buck

    The first thing this makes me thing of is the food. The food is great, especially for a college campus. Food is comparable to home, especially when there is a home-coooked meal. Not only that, but general schooling is fairly cheap and reasonable no matter what profession or career you decide to pursue.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the college itself. It is a large campus for me, but it is not so large that anyone could not handle it. The atmosphere is great, and seccure. The campus is beautiful and is very aqcuiring to the student.

    Am learning a lot

    Learning includes more than just in the classroom. The college allows the students to grow, and coming from a small town, I am not only learning about the classes themselves, but how to study, and about diversity.

  • 01/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineering Nursing Early Childhood Education Construction Management Physical Education Physical Therapy Physics Chemistry

    Tips for prospective students

    College is what you make it. If you arrive inspired with the right mind, you will accomplish all your goals.

    Bang for the buck

    Best price of any Nationally Accredited University out there. Well under $14K a year. Also, it is Nationally Accredited because of it's successful programs. Every semester loads of students from the multiple majors offered make the Dean's List.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is nice being close to home and knowing lots of friends around town. Also, SDSU has loads of events which invite eager college students with open arms.

    Am learning a lot

    The fast paced learning environments is rewarding when the teacher is great, but challenging with a tough professor. Either way it's up to the student to make or break it to find success for themselves.

  • 06/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in everything you can. Your never to busy or to cool to be involved in clubs, organizations, intramural activities, or the many other things SDSU has to offer. Not only will you make life long friends but the connections you make will benefit you in life after college, not to mention it will make for a great looking resume!

    Bang for the buck

    Not only can you get a quality education but its also afordable! Most of the schools I looked at before SDSU were $24K and above. When I checked out SDSU the outstate tuition was $15K!! So while i was getting a great education i was also saving anywhere from $9K-&15K!!!

    Am enjoying being here

    SDSU offers so many extra curricular activities it will make your head spin. They have every kind of intramural sport you can think of and some that you cant! You will also never find a town, school and community that is more friendly than Brookings.

    Am learning a lot

    You can't beat the education you receive from SDSU. Some of the most renowned professor's teach here. Its a big enough college to offer just about anything but you still have class sizes small enough for the teachers to know you by name.

  • 07/09/2011

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

    16 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Focused, first time college students

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to visit the campus before deciding. There is a huge culture change just between states

    Bang for the buck

    This college was much cheaper than staying instate in Washington. University of Washington is over rated

    Will enjoy being here

    South Dakota is much more relaxed than Washington so i know i will enjoy staying on campus

    Will learn a lot

    This college has a lot of courses to offer and I can't wait for the experience.

  • 07/21/2011

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

    17 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anything besides some medical majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't judge a place by its cover, actually come on in and check out the campus. It's a wonder!

    Bang for the buck

    It looks pretty accurate to the learning and money being spent for the learning opportunity. So the classes here are great to be part of and they are pretty accurate and not that costly compared to others.

    Will enjoy being here

    This is a moderate campus compared to all the other 23 campuses I visited and I will be enjoying the stay here.

    Will learn a lot

    I learned this campus is a great place to get social and do several hours of studying for the classes. There is keys spots I learned where to study and I am planning on going to classes here.

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get active on campus! Don't just be a hermit in the dorm room, there are so many different things to do and clubs to join, you will find your niche and meet lots of new awesome people.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though tuition is going up with cuts, it is still one of the cheapest colleges in the nation for a four year school, and it's a respected place.

    Am learning a lot

    With seven different colleges within the college, there are a lot of different classes to choose from, and some are quite interesting! A great way to learn some random things while taking generals.

  • 09/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    SDSU is a great place to be. There's a lot of fun things to do if you give them a try. If you get out and meet people, you'll have a great experience in college. But you also have to remember to do your homework and go to class.

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is very affordable compared to a lot of other schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    All the people here are very friendly and the upperclassmen are also very welcoming. They make you feel at home and are able to show you around. There's also a lot to do on and off campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The learning environment is very positive at SDSU. There are a lot of places you can go to study and the teachers are always willing to help you answer questions if you have them.

  • 12/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    20 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I think SDSU is a great fit for me because it is in a great community and you have a ton of great people to look up to. I am also looking forward to playing volleyball in college so that is another great reason I believe SDSU is a great fit for me

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is a great affordable college.

    Will enjoy being here

    I love being around SDSU because it is a great environment.

    Will learn a lot

    From what I saw when i went on my visit day is there are a lot of great professors.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    CRU is greatly recommended.

    What to do for fun

    The Wellness Center is great. A lot of the dorms plan fun events.

    Food and Dining

    You get a lot of choices and everything is great.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, but unless you have air conditioning it can be uncomfortable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask a lot of questions.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University has a great campus. The buildings are beautiful. The classrooms are easy to find and the professors are willing to help with any questions.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Dining options are minimal near the campus area., expect to drive into town.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't dorms at the Sioux falls location.

    In three sentences

    Since I attend the Sioux Falls location I have professors from other schools, not Just SDSU, which I think is a good thing. My professors have been very helpful when I have questions and the scheduling is decently flexible. So far, I have had a very positive experience at this campus.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 78

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there is many different clubs and activities. on friday nights there is always a movie also.

    Tips for prospective students

    get accepted in time so that you can fill out the scholarship application.

    In three sentences

    its an awesome school. sdsu has a lot of majors for many different people.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus police are very active among south dakota state university. emergency toll booths are located all across campus

    Clubs and Activities

    there are enough clubs and activities for every night at sdsu.

    Great for these types of students

    amazing engineering, nursing, pharmacy, agriculture, science majors. also, students interested in rodeo will find sdsu to fit them well.

    Bang for the buck

    sdsu is one of the cheapest colleges, not only in the midwest, but in the ncaa. with that said, there are thousands of different classes you can enroll in, and a wide-variety of majors.

    What to do for fun

    what to do for fun? there is always something to do at sdsu, just go outside your dorm and read whats going on that day!

    Food and Dining

    food is really good with a plethora of varieties. the dining hall is the place to be to meet new people or build stronger relationships with the people you already know.

    Dorm Life

    new dorms are being created every year due to higher enrollment. the dorms are very nice, and cheaper compared to most ncaa schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep ahead of your classes! one of the largest reasons as to why some students fail is due to there class-load becoming too much. daily studying is the simplest tip to achieving in classes.

    In three sentences

    south dakota state university is a great experience; from the students to the professors, people at sdsu are friendly and educated. there are plenty of activities at sdsu for students to be involved in, so that everyone always has something to do.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    there are always groups throwing events.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo days is a BLAST!!

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, dances.

    Tips for prospective students

    Partying is not all that it is cracked up to be. There is plenty of time to enjoy yourself in college. Do not be the typical college student and rush into it all, there are ample ways to enjoy yourself here.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State is a wonderful university in a smaller town setting that is perfect for focusing on your studies. I have really enjoyed my time here and would highly recommend to anybody to enroll here. It has a wonderful melting pot of various backrounds and students.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The South Dakota State University campus is very secure and safe, the University Police Department definitely care about the safety of the campus and all of its students.

    Clubs and Activities

    South Dakota State University has something for everyone! They have a wide selection of Clubs to be apart of. There are plenty of activities to do on campus too!

    What to do for fun

    There are several things to do on campus you just have to find what you like. Whether its going to the wellness center, or trekking up the Campanile, and the weekend things that South Dakota State University puts on.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining at South Dakota State University is great. You have your options and you are not stuck eating at the same place every day.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm is different but it is a really good way to experience College. It's like a small community and you get to meet and become friends with so many people.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor definitely helps you grow not just as a student but a person as well. The Professors are here for you! They want to help you make your experience here some thing to be proud of.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for future students, would be STUDY and of course have fun. College is all about the experience.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University is awesome! It's a great campus that makes you feel at home. It has something for everyone.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    If you can, join one. The options are vast.

    Great for these types of students

    Agriculture focused, Nursing, Broadcast Journalism, Pre-pharmacy...the list goes on and on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo Days. Enough said!

    Bang for the buck

    I'm pre-vet, so the tuition at SDSU seems great! Just make sure to get good grades...don't pay $600 for an F.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club...Disc Golf, movies, downtown, dances, Ice arena, there's enough to do in Brookings.

    Food and Dining

    Food options are vast, but can get spendy. Eat wisely...and Einstein's has great bagel thins!

    Dorm Life

    I did not like the dorm I was in, but I think I would have liked some of the others...check out the dorms before you move in!!!!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can get pretty tough (especially when you are Pre-vet), but never underestimate yourself, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind. Buy a planner and use it! This is it, so do it right. Study hard, then have fun after!

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State is a place where you meet a lot of great people. The professors are helpful and caring, as well as expecting. You will live up to your potential at SDSU.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I may be a little bias considering I am a member of Greek life but I think the Greek community at SDSU is amazing. It may not be the biggest but we are a tight knit community within a bigger community. There are three Sororities: Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, and Ceres and six Fraternities: Alpha Gamma Rho, Farm House, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Phi Delta, Delta Chi, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Everyone has a unique group of people and most anybody can find a group to get along with.

    Clubs and Activities

    SDSU has a club for everyone, there is everything from pre professionals club to skydiving club. Whatever your interest may be SDSU probably has a club for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SDSU has one thing that no other school has. Hobo Days. Hobo Days is our homecoming everyone dresses up like hobos and people come from all over the state to watch the parade and football game.it is really a week long celebration that has the dorms fraternities and sororities competing against each other in various spirit activities.

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is very inexpensive but you get all the advantages of a big university, we are a division one school so you get to experience the fun of the football games and basketball games. The education you receive nowhere parallel to the price you pay. The things I've learned and the experiences I've had far outweigh the price.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do at SDSU. Since I was there all of the time I got to experience a lot of them. on the weekend UPC holds programs called weekend stuff it ranges from movies to bingo. They are a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people. There is also random things to do on the weekdays all held by UPC such as concerts and comedians, all free.

    Food and Dining

    Not going to lie, the food on campus could definitely be better. But SDSU is adding in panda express, and Chick Fil A which will definitely help. There are a lot of choices for food so if one thing is not your favorite you have other choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at SDSU for me was amazing it doesn't matter what dorm you live in, i lived in Brown Hall and Mathews Hall, brown was known for being cheep and the bathrooms weren't the most pleasant places but the people i met and the memories i made completely made up for everything. Mathews hall is the honors/pre professional/engineering hall, it was really nice to be surrounded by people with similar majors to you and who could help you with anything you needed.

    Academic Rigor

    This is really dependant on the classes you take. My freshman year I took rather difficult classes, with a few more simple ones thrown in here and there but college is nothing like high school, there is no required homework to keep you on top of things. You really need to go to class everyday, keep on it with the course work and definitely study.

    Tips for prospective students

    My suggestions are get to know your professors, your advisers, and your lab TA's and interns. they will be so helpful be it from writing letters of recommendations to helping to answer questions. Your advisor is always there for you and will help you through anything. As for your professors putting in that extra effort will really show them how interested in that subject you are and they will be more helpful when you go to them. Finally, take advantage of study sessions, SI, and tutoring, you may think you understand something but it never hurts to get that extra explanation.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is my home away from home. Everyone here is so nice, the teachers are always here for you and willing to help you learn. The campus is beautiful, in the summer there is green grass and flowers everywhere and in the winter a fresh coat of snow is on top of everything and makes it so pretty.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do on the weekends and even during the week too! I really like how they have a free movie showing every Friday night. I also like cheering on the Jacks in sporting events and attending the SDSU theater performances.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good! But the selection sometimes gets really repetitive. However, they are in the process of putting in 3 new eating places also to be completed by fall 2013. Also, we have the famous SDSU ice cream where they actually invented the flavor cookies'n'cream!

    Dorm Life

    I'm not going to lie; some of the older dorms are not the best places to live. But the experience you get making all of the friends in the dorms is so awesome. On the plus side of this, SDSU is in the process of putting in four new dorms planned to be completed by fall 2013!

    Academic Rigor

    The science classes at SDSU are hard. You really have to put your nose to the grindstone in order to do well, but afterwards you will really appreciate that they made you actually learn. You definitely get your money's worth, that's for sure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come for a visit before you attend. I have had friends that said their whole life they were going to attend a certain school, but once they got there they hated it. If they had only went for a visit before attending, they would have known that college wasn't the place for them.

    In three sentences

    My favorite thing about SDSU is how each of the professors on campus genuinely cares for each student. The professors are all great people who are willing to help with anything. I also really enjoy all of the opportunities for involvement on campus.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus PD are constantly patrolling the area. Just be sure to park only where you are allowed to, or you can expect a hefty fine coming your way.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities going on at the campus. Many clubs set up information booths at the Union. Information about different clubs and activities are also available from the Information Exchange in the Union.

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is relatively inexpensive. Total cost per year comes to around $13,000 for residents and $15,000 for non-residents. Each semester, students pay an activities fee which allows free access to sports games, the gym and many other things.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun. Go to the sports games, join clubs, and be active within your dorm. The gym has a rock climbing wall, basketball courts, a pool, and, of course, weight lifting equipment.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. Pricing is a little high. SDSU has three different locations on campus to eat at, on the west side at Medary, at the Union and at Larson. Medary offers a grill, comfort foods and pita wraps. The Union offers the same as Medary, but also has a pasta, mexican and asian selection as well. Larson is the place to go to if you want to have a buffet.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! There are many activities that go on during the week and many opportunities to meet new friends. The dorms have games, sports equipment and other recreational items that can be checked out. However, the only downside to dorm life would be the rooms alone. When split between two students per room, the rooms are quite small. Most dorms lack air conditioning, and during the summer months it will become inconvenient.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors expect students to complete the work associated with their class. However, if a student has difficulty with the material, most professors want students to come visit them during office hours to help them better understand the material. The 100 and some 200 level courses will feel like a repeat of high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If this is your first year of college, be sure to meet the people in your dorm and make friends. The best way to learn about events is to network with the people around you. Spend time at the Union, at religious organizations and find clubs to occupy your time.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for a types of students. While you have to put in the effort at school, and work hard. There are many tutors and student led instruction sessions to help you along the way. Also all teachers have a time when they have office hours and they don't mind helping you out if you need any.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo Days is a tradition that happens on campus that is very unique to SDSU. Hobo Days is our homecoming week where we have a huge football game, a parade, and a bunch of activities where people dress up as a hobo! :)

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is a great value for your money. I have enjoyed all of the tradition on camus that has happened while I have been there, but all of the classes are helping me learn the material and actually retain it. I not only have learned that I do want to become a nurse but I have also had the oppurtunity to get involved on campus.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I am on the speech team and I compete on the weekend. Also there are many things going on during the weekend that are available to help you relax and get away from the stressful week of school.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. I really enjoy the non cafeteria style food and there is a huge variety. I also like the idea of hobo dough so you can eat anywhere on campus and you don't have to eat at only on place.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many nice dorms on campus that are there for you to help you meet friends and work together on homework or studying for a test. I lived in Mathews my freshman year and I met a ton of friends in my profession who helped me through the hard subjects

    Academic Rigor

    All of the classes that I have taken at SDSU have all been hard and fast moving. The acedemics have really helped me to work hard and learn tons.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind when looking into colleges and going to college. Some activities, that you would never see yourself doing, are where you can make life long friends.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a school filled with opportunities. From school related activities to fun movies on the weekend. There is always something going on to make college exciting

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I am a member of the SDSU rodeo team and it has been a blessing. Between a full Nursing class schedule and a job, things can get a little crazy, but being part of the rodeo team has given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people and to be involved with something I love through the school. My coach is outstanding and he makes being part of the team such a thrill!

    Bang for the buck

    I definately feel like I am getting my moneys worth at SDSU. I have learned SO much in the last three years it makes me wonder how I have managed to retain it all. But with the amazing staff you will have no problem getting the education you deserved and paid for.

    What to do for fun

    The campus staff offers students so many fun events it's hard to choose which one to attend. They have dances, plays, Hobo Dayz activities, and not to mention all the sporting events that are so full of adrenaline it's almost unbearable! With all the friends you will meet at SDSU, the fun never ends!

    Food and Dining

    The options are endless! There are three cafeteria locations: Larsen commons, Medary commons, and the Union. All offer students a wide variety of meal choices from pasta, mexican, asian, grill, pizza, salad bar, and so much more! You could have a different type of meal for everyday of the week!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Hansen Hall which is the Ag/Bio Hall. I met so many friends that I will never forget and I still keep in close contact with them. The dorm faculty gave us so many opportunities to meet one another through dances, pizza parties, movies, study buck auctions, and so much more. Living in the dorms definately gave me the push I needed to get out there and get involved!

    Academic Rigor

    I have switched my major three times while being at SDSU. I finally settled on Nursing, but every course I have taken so far, even the ones required by other majors, have been phenomenal! The professors are so helpful and they make the material so easy to understand. They challenge you only for your benefit, but are more than happy to help with any questions you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get out there and get involved. I am on the rodeo team at SDSU and I have met more people than I could ever imagine. Also, don't be afraid to talk to your teachers about everything. They are always happy to help and appreciate when you show interest in their course.

    In three sentences

    I am going into my senior year at SDSU and I LOVE it!! The staff, students, coaches, and campus make me feel so comfortable and offer me amazing opportunities I have never gotten a chance to experience before. If you are planning on taking school seriously and earning a degree that will benefit you for the rest of your life, SDSU is the place for you!

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms. I have been an online student for several years.

    In three sentences

    Great college with excellent opportunities for students. Very accomodating for distance learners. I hope my child will attend SDSU in the future.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The campus is expanding its Greek row.

    What to do for fun

    South Dakota State University is a division one school, so there are many opportunities to attend a sporting event, play or musical, or club to spend your time with.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different options of food or places to dine.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice! Many have been remodeled, and the school is even building four more dorm buildings to be completed in 2013!

    Academic Rigor

    Like all schools, South Dakota State is academically rigorous, and offers many places to find help with homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    It never hurts to look at a school or even apply if you are questioning attending the facility.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University is a large school in a small town. Even though the campus seems overwhelming at first, once you become acquainted, the campus seems small. There are many areas around the campus where a student can become involved, find help for homework, or have fun with friends.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorms didn't appear to be air conditioned when I went, but they are putting up new dorms.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    With this not being a traditional campus you will not find traditional college activies close by. The Black Hills area has a lot to offer to those who enjoy exploring the beautiful outdoors; boating, biking, hiking, fishing. Downtown Rapid City is walking distance from campus offering a variety of great dinning experiences that fit a college budget as well as offering a fun time for those who enjoy night life.

    Food and Dining

    No dining facility here. We do have a nice break room complete with refrigerator and microwave if you pack your lunch.

    Dorm Life

    I am a non traditional student so I don't live in the dorms. The campus is located near the city center and there are many nice places to rent within walking distance. Rapid City is a great place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    The West River Nursing campus is a great place to learn. The curriculum is challenging but not so difficult that you can't get a good grade if you are willing to put the effort into your studies. The faculty here are great.

    In three sentences

    I am attending the West River Campus for the Nursing school in Rapid City. The campus is small easy to find your way around. However, parking is an issue for students, so it is best to arrive early unless you want a long walk.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always someone looking out

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!!!!!!

    What to do for fun

    There are over 200 clubs to get into. They also have things to do on the weekedns like movies or volleyball. All sports are free.

    Dorm Life

    Get rooms with AC

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research so you can get the high class dorms ;)

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University is a great place to be. The campus isnt to big or small and its loaded with school spirit. There is always something to get into out here

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of SDSUs major focuses is making sure its student population is safe at all times. I have never felt as if I would be in danger at any point in my time here at SDSU.

    Greek Life

    While I have not participated in Greek Life, I do know a lot of people that have at this university and it is very popular and looks like loads of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a plethora of different clubs and activities at SDSU. It does not matter what your interests are, chances are there will be a club or group that applies to you.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students. There is large variety academic, ethnic, and social diversity at SDSU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo Days is SDSUs homecoming. It is normally a week long celebration that may appear odd to someone who is not aware that SDSU has a large part of its history involving hobo's. Although a bit strange, the celebrations and activities throughout Hobo Days are very enjoyable and even more memorable!

    What to do for fun

    The SDSU Dairy Bar has some amazing homemade ice-cream and other delicious treats. Brookings also has a wonderful downtown scene with many different activities and shops to visit.

    Dorm Life

    My first two years were spent in the dorms and I have never had a better time. I met some of my very best friends in my dorm hall and many other great people. It was not the dreaded, stereotypical college dorm experience, quite the opposite in fact. And SDSU is currently building several new dorms which will make life for future students that much better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard to achieve your goals and get good grades, it will pay off. Enjoy your time at college. The people you meet and the memories you will make will last for years to come, but the time you actually spend in college flies by!

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a very accessible school that can appeal to a variety of potential students in many ways. SDSU is quality driven, always striving to better the experience of its students. SDSU is memorable, not only for the unique look and story of the university, but for the amazing people here as well.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is everyone's top concern when it becomes dark. We make sure that we walk with at least one other person and to walk in the lighter places. Campus police are patrolling the campus at night as well, so I feel safer when I see a cop car on the street.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for very sporty kids and people who love the outdoors. There is a huge workout center and plenty of sports and intramural communities to get involved with. Also for people who loves animals. There is a huge unit on the other side of campus with horses and cows and all sorts of farm animals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition that is celebrated here every year is hobo days. Everyone dresses up as a hobo and just has fun. We even have a statue of a hobo next to our union for everyone to share in the tradition. I haven't attended one yet, but it isn't until the end of October.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of games to attend. Football is in the season right now, and they are a lot fun to go to. The fans are very polite when they do their ranting and cheering for their team. There are plenty of clubs to join as well. You may not know how to do anything they do in the club, but they will teach you; you also meet a lot of cool people too that have the same interests at you.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is great when you know what time to go. During the lunch hour, it is so busy around noon. That is why I go around 2 or 1 30, right before they close, to get my meal. The cashiers are very nice and I even make polite conversation with them. I also try not to use a lot of money for my meal, because my meal plan only covers first semester, and I save as much money as I can so I don't run out of money food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is full of surprises. Living on the fourth floor can get pretty quiet, and other times it can get so loud you can hear what is going on through the door. The dorm life is very safe and the CA on your floor are very nice and a good friend to have. The dorms themselves also have opportunities for just the people in the dorm to get to know each other better from all of the floors by hosting activities and free meals.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are a huge thing here on campus. Every one's first priority is to get their homework done first before they work or play sports. Employers are very willing to work with your class schedule because they know how important getting good grades is in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for a place that you will feel comfortable in. Also, find a place where everyone is nice and willing to become friends with you. The teachers should also be very willing to assist you in any way. Also, I found this campus not too big but not too small. Find one that fits your need to walk or ride. I can walk across campus in only 10 minutes.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University is my home away from home. Everyone is willing to help you with anything. There is plenty of things to do on campus.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are lights everywhere, and there is even a university escort service if you do not want to go alone walking somewhere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo day

    What to do for fun

    Weekend Stuff is hosted every weekend with fun stuff. Everything from grocery bingo, movie night, to karaoke - it is there! Find out about what happens in the union on the walls as there are ads posted and banners about what's going on.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but bring a microwave and a fridge because you would want to eat homecooked meals over campus-food.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Waneta. There is not much activity in Waneta as there are in other dorms - try getting into a dorm close to the Union. The dorms in Jackrabbit Village are very close to the Union which is where all the activity happens on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel as though I am challenged, yet I have room for success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to many things, and get out to meet people. Don't stay in your dorm 24/7!

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University is a wonderful college. The atmosphere is great. There are plenty of opportunities presented if you seek them.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is well lit at night and there a good number of campus and local police in the area. There is little crime in the area as well.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not a major deal but I feel it is a well kept secret with many benefits for going greek. Its not the greek life you see on television but focus on preparing you to be ready for the world after college.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide variety of clubs and activities here at SDSU and something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for engineering, nursing, and pharmacy students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo days is our homecoming and it is a blast!

    Bang for the buck

    Overall the quality and experience is a great value for the money. Its large enough for you to experience other perspectives but still has the small town feel. Not too many D-I schools are this inexpensive.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy going to athletic events and hanging out with my friends on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is also expanding and I am excited for the new options coming to campus next year. However the prices do seem outlandish though.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is improving and will be better next year when the new dorms will be complete.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel the academic rigor is that of a competitive atmosphere and many students want to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest to get involved in activities that you are passionate about. I also recommend checking out greek life and intramurals. Also use the facilities on campus, after all you pay for them!

    In three sentences

    I have enjoyed my time here at South Dakota State. The professors are great and very easy to talk to. I'm excited for all of the new updates to the campus to be completed.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE! I have met so many different kinds of people here its amazing!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo Days. Best thing ever. Must experience it for yourself :)

    What to do for fun

    Simple, if you cant find something to do around campus you must be dead. There is always and I mean ALWAYS something going on from pinterest day to weekend stuff, to games you are never bored.

    Food and Dining

    It's cafeteria food mostly but not high school cafeteria food, its pretty good. I know they are in the process of building more dinning halls and there are some great places. There is Weary Will's sports grill, Einsteins bagels, Pita Pit, Java City, Papa Johns and that's all on campus!

    Dorm Life

    EXCELLENT!! I love living in the dorms, you meet so many great people and everyone seems to be very friendly. The different halls seem to always have new activities going on, which are always very entertaining. I also recommens a random roommate! Meet someone new right away.

    Academic Rigor

    There is more homework than high school but so far my freshman year has not been that difficult. Just stay on top of things and if you need help don't be afraid to ask the teachers or talk to your personal advisor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to keep your grades up senior year of high school!! Plan on being involved in at least two activities while in college, it is a great way to meet new people and make friends.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University is an absolutely great school! The class sizes on average are about 25:1 except for lectures which are a bit bigger, but you still get to know the teachers very well and they are always willing to help out. Also campus activities are abundant, seriously there is something for everyone; from skydiving club to colleges against cancer, and intramural in just about every sport.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They security is huge. The campus security drives around always checking on everything making sure that all is well.

    Greek Life

    The sororities are great. Some of my friends went out for them and they love it. They are caring and its like having a family away from a family. They do a lot and help a lot of people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and a lot of activities. Basically if you think it up you can do it. I am not involved in any of the clubs but I attend different extracurricular activities and those are very fun and very loud and rambunctious.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student would do good here as long as they are willing to work hard and do what they need to first instead of the constant partying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only tradition really is hobo days, and the scavenger hunts. They are all very fun and you meet a lot of different people.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a lot for a little. The tuition is reasonable and the room and bored is very good and reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    For fun we go to the gym, or sporting events, anything really. You name it someone is doing it. They have a really great gym and the staff there is really great and will make you feel like your at your gym in your home town.

    Food and Dining

    The food is typical. Its pretty good but if you don't pick the ones that are actually good for you then you will gain those freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. Each hall accepts you in like your part of a family and its great. They will really accept anyone in, my friends come up and visit all the time and are able to stay and there is no problems surrounding that. They really take care of you.

    Academic Rigor

    They are very strict with the academic riggor but if your able to keep up with fast paced and long work then its for you. They are preparing you for the world and to succeed in your career they hold you to high standards and want and expect you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your looking into nursing definitely work hard and they have the best nursing program around, but its really hard to get into. They (the school) work with you and help you through it all. You can call (advising or financial aid offices) or go in and they will guide you through anything from class scheduling to financial aid.

    In three sentences

    A great school for anyone. Everyone accepts you as part of a larger world. The sports are phenomenal!!

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very rarely is there anything bad that happens. Criminally anyways. If you don't lock your bike up, that's your fault, but otherwise there are always Campus Police driving around keeping an eye on things.

    Clubs and Activities

    Love the opportunities here, there are tons of options to keep new students busy. I remember freshman year I was introduced to Ultimate Frisbee, and I love the sport.

    Great for these types of students

    This is great for those who aren't sure about the Air Force, or on how the military works. It is a great opportunity to take the extra step and be involved with the community while you prepare to become an Officer in the USAF.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year before Veteran's Day, we go on a Memorial run with the Arnold Air Society to remember those who have come before and those to come.

    Bang for the buck

    The Air Force ROTC program is Outstanding. My life has been made so much more clear and given meaning through it. From going to Alabama for Training to getting a chance to go to Africa to learn Swahili for the summer, I can't help but love what I do.

    What to do for fun

    The Wellness center is the place to be. Great chance to go get some exercise to keep off that freshman 15. There are also tons of opportunities to get involved in a club too.

    Food and Dining

    The Union has some pretty good lunch and dinner options. Einstein's is great for some bagels in the morning as well.

    Dorm Life

    The school has pretty great living arrangements for students. Just make sure you plan around the janitorial staff!

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework for easy classes is no longer as such. The University is making improvements ensuring that we get the most out of our education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always stay ahead of schedule. Watch your meal plan. Go meet your teachers.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a great place to go for an education here in SD. In my two and a half years here I have already met lifelong friends. I can finally achieve my dream of being in the United States Air Force through their AFROTC program.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Affordable school!

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, sports games, activities in your dorm.

    Food and Dining

    Get the Flex Dollars meal plan, you can use it anywhere on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Hansen Hall had a great Ag-Bio community for farm/ranch/country kids who aren't accustomed to living in town. The university was talking about turning the dorm into upper-classmen housing, and a task force was formed to try to preserve the Ag tradition in Hansen. I don't know what the outcome will be, however, but I'm glad I got to experience it.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the 100 level classes feel like they're pointless, but I've learned a lot in my upper-level finishing classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors, they can be loads of help in your professional life. Also get involved, club involvement looks great on resumes. And the more you get involved in, the more friends and networking connections you make!

    In three sentences

    I would rate this university very good. I have really enjoyed my experience on campus in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, as this College is a very tight-knit group of students who are future leaders and strive for involvement in clubs and other campus and nation-wide events. The professors are also very friendly and willing to work with students outside of class, at least in Ag & Bio.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Ice skating is a fun activity in the winter time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is expensive and not good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun but can be very distracting

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging and tough but not impossible to receive excellent grades

    Tips for prospective students

    Make a good college schedule

    In three sentences

    South Dakota state provides good opportunity's for quality learning. It has a wonderful atmosphere for young college students and allows you to feel at home and comfortable. The professors are energetic about teaching.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    SDSU offers a wide variety of groups and organizations on campus. Getting involved with former classmates is a great thing to do for fun!

    Food and Dining

    Living in Rapid City there is no housing or food options, so I'm not sure on the food quality!

    Dorm Life

    I have not had to live in the dorms, so I can't really voice my opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming from a community college, the size is much different. It is a larger setting, so if you're used to the one on one learning it takes a little adjustment. Other than this it is great!

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very important to be organized and prepared. Procrastination will not get you very far at this school. Enjoy yourself and embrace the knowledge you're gaining.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University has been an excellent choice so far. The staff is very helpful and the professors are great! In my first semester I've learned so much, and look forward to continuing my education here.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year for homecoming, SDSU has Hobo Days.

    What to do for fun

    SDSU offers activities for many students. There are a variety of clubs and organizations along with other activities that are offered.

    Food and Dining

    There are not many choices at SDSU and the options are limited. However, they are building two new eating places that will be opened in fall of 2013.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. They offer living learning communities, which allows students the chance to live with other students within their major.

    Academic Rigor

    Educational programs at SDSU do a good job of pushing students to do their best and help them excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attending class is the first step to getting good grades. Also, finding a balance between work and play is important.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University is a great Division I college that offers a small college atmosphere. It offers many opportunities and allows for smaller classes. It also gives students a chance to work closely with their professors.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a campus police always driving around. There are also plenty of police call boxes located around campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is an ice skating rink, Bowling alley, many lakes for fishing, and many on campus activities as well.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall in the Union is just alright. I have never been to Larson. Off-campus dinig offers many different options!

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in these dorms so I have no input.

    Academic Rigor

    Every teacher here wants their students to succeed. They strive for perfection and eant people to succeed after college. They are always willing to help!

    In three sentences

    I love this school. It has a rural feel to it, but also has a medium size college town feel as well. I love all the major choices and the hands on experiences.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe. Brookings police and UPD are always patrolling, and campus is equipped with many blue box phones and call buttons, where a police officer will escort you back to your dorm is you feel uncomfortable walking alone at night. I haven't used these, and have always felt safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    I only know a little about the Agriculture related Greek organizations, and I only hear good about them. A few friends are in Sigma Alpha and AGR, both Ag related. There are tons of other frats and sororities, and I believe those are all listed on the website as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    This really depends on what you're interested in. CFFA is fun, you get to help with State Convention for SD and a CDE practice event. There are tons of clubs and activities on campus all the time, the website has them all listed under student life, I believe.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for Ag students, as far as I know. People I have met in other majors love their experiences here as well, so overall I would say almost anyone would fit in well here. We also have a great nursing program, and the engineering majors are growing, from what I have heard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HOBO DAY! Our homecoming is called hobo day, and we have two mascots, weary wil the hobo and dirty lil the hippie. We dress up as hobos and hippies and have a parade, led by the Bummobile, an old Model T. A grand poobah is chosen every year to lead the festivities, and each club makes a float to be in the parade. We then play the homecoming football game (all sports events are free for students!). All the other games are fun too, and there are always shirts made by students that make fun of the other teams, usually in a vulgar way. But it's a great time, and Hobo Day is the biggest one-day event in the Dakotas! (take that, ndsu and usd!)

    Bang for the buck

    I know I am getting a great education and I am paying much less that I would be at another college while paying more. This school is awesome, the teachers are great, and the price is much lower than any other place I've looked at. Out of state is less than some in-state colleges back east, and in state here is simply amazingly low priced.

    What to do for fun

    Since the weather can be pretty bad, my friends and I get together and watch movies at least once a week. We also go for walks into town and check out all the little stores there. The college puts on some fun things like grocery bingo, where you can win food (always helpful!). For the most part, you need to make your own fun. But if you have the right friends, that is not hard, at all. Become involved with clubs, church, and friends, and you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The hours for dining could be better. The food is generally good, though sometimes food is a hit or miss. If you dont like or dont want to chance what is on the menu at once place, there are tons of options somewhere else, and the salad bar, prepared sandwiches, and soup are always good. But overall, the food is better than I expected.

    Dorm Life

    I love where I live, even though it is one of the oldest dorms on campus. It is well taken care of, clean, and since i live woth other Agriculture majors, we all get along pretty well.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard, but they're not ridiculous. There is also tons of support, not only associated with class or with the college, but being in an LLC helps too. There are tons of resources if you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get generals done as soon as possible. They are simply not fun. Definitely join the living learning community for your program, it makes everything so much better! you live with people who have similar interests, which makes for fast friends that are taking aot of the same classes you are, so it's easy to find help and you usually know someone in class with you.

    In three sentences

    Though the weather isn't always the best, and town isn't exactly full of things to do, if you make friends and find things to do, this place is amazing. Being from somehwere much more populated, I am loving the rural area around the college and the fact that souix falls is a short drive away. Classes are challenging, but not too hard. Overall, I love it!

  • 02/14/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    I personally don't know of any horrible things that have ever happened here! It would be hard to do anything horrible anyways because of the round-the-clock security and emergency phones spread throughout the campus. I feel absolutely safe here with no issues.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have hobo day! Plus we pay with hobo dough! To me that is very unusual.. Hobo day is a day where we have a huge celebration with parades and parties and concerts! It is awesome!

    What to do for fun

    Brookings is a smaller town but the people here are very energetic! Since this small town has a college with over twelve thousand college students, it is a college-run town. They bring people every weekend with new things to experience. I like going to buffalo wild wings to watch the games. Mostly, I like hanging out with my new good friends I have made while attending South Dakota State University! Go Jackrabbits!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria and buffet selections are amazing! It is like eating at a resteraunt every day, but for a college students budget!

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm. It is cozy and large enough for me to comfortably stay with my roomate. No problems here!

    Academic Rigor

    I am going into pharmacy so the classes I am taking are going to be far more strenuous than most other classes provided. However, with the right attitude and determination, anything can be overcome.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to learn, and come to have a ton of fun! Activities every weekend!

    In three sentences

    A great, open environment with great views. An amazing staff with the drive to help you better yourself. Spectacular pharmacy and engineering program!

  • 03/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HOBO DAY! Our homecoming! Best day of the year. Parade in Brookings, tailgating and the FOOTBALL GAME!

    Food and Dining

    A lot of variety!

    Dorm Life

    Expensive but you meet wonderful people.

    Academic Rigor

    Amazing professors! Helpful grad students. Wonderful classes.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is the best University in SD. I wouldn't want to go to any other college. Proud to be a Jackrabbit!

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Agriculture has a huge influence to South Dakota State University, and much of its studies are in agriculture. Therefore, many farmers and ranchers enroll in the school.

    What to do for fun

    SDSU is the largest school in the state, so there is much opportunity to meet many different kinds of people. The Wellness Center offers rec teams, and there are hundreds of organizations and clubs on campus. Greek life also plays a role in the college, and there are sororities and fraternities one can join.

    Food and Dining

    In taste, the food is fairly good and there is a wide variety of places to choose from. However, it is extremely overpriced. Hours that different food places are open can be short or during class, which can be very inconvenient to certain students.

    Dorm Life

    SDSU dorm life is great; the dorms offer a place to meet people while offering different activities. The dorms are fairly clean and comfortable. They serve as a great place to learn of activities that campus offers, upperclassmen for advice, and people to meet.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor very much depends on the type of major one goes into. Biological studies, pharmacy, nursing, and engineering will be far more demanding than other studies. However, how much effort one puts into school work, they will get out in good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is absolutely essential that prospective students stay focused and organized; it can be easy to get sucked into extracurricular activities and forgetting schoolwork. Join different organization, clubs, recreation programs, volunteering, etc. to get a well-rounded college experience. Meet people in the dorm and choose who you hang out with wisely, because those will probably be your friends throughout college.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University is a large school with many distractions; staying focused and prioritization is essential. There is much opportunity for assistance and help in school, such as tutoring. Students get a great education at a lower price than most colleges offer.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have excellent Campus Safety. There are poles where you can call if you really need help and reach Campus Security immediately. There is also a Safe Ride that will bring you home safe. SDSU does anything for students to make sure that they are safe and comfortable.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life isn't very big at SDSU, but they are working on building it. They now have three houses on Greek Row and a fourth one will be coming shortly this year. Greek Life is a great opportunity to be involved on campus and make connections.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs all over campus, anything you can think of pretty much. There is a club for minorities and a club for people who just want to play a sport for fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to be involved or for students who want to go to activities along with studying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best tradition by far is Hobo Days. Hobo Days is in the Fall every year. There is a parade, a football game and of course tailgating. Everyone dresses up as Hobos to show their spirit.

    Bang for the buck

    South Dakota State University is a great place to be. Many of the faculty are hard-working and very caring. This University also has tons of fun events, great students and the Academic Programs are worth your money.

    What to do for fun

    There are always tons of activities going on around campus: Intramurals, Greek Life and events that the University puts on themselves such as Dances. There is always something going on all you have to do is look for signs and posters.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of dining options on campus; from bagels to pizza to wings.

    Dorm Life

    It is easy to adjust to and many of the dorms are great places to stay.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the program and major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into what you will get for Financial Aid.

    In three sentences

    A great atmosphere for all majors. A home away from home. A great University.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus feels super safe, even at night. As a girl walking by myself in the dark you can always call for an escort and there are also phone booths for help.

    Greek Life

    I have not joined any but they throw awesome events like dances.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and organizations to get involved with on campus. Just get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for all types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo days is definitely something to come for whether you go to school here or not.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get your bang for your buck here.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun both on campus and around the town. There are tons of things that students get in for free on campus and off campus there is dinning, ice skating, movies, bowling, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and they have a lot of different options so you will definitely find something that you like to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome! Take full advantage of living in the dorms your first two years. Its a great place to meet people and get involved.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics can be hard to adjust to but there are services that you should take advantage of such as SI, which is where they go over the material you just learned in class at a slower pace and explain it more in depth, and also tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and organizations right away. Get involve! It will not only help you meet people and make friends but it will also look great when applying to your program and to your future jobs.

    In three sentences

    I think that South Dakota State University is a great school to attend. I feel very at home here and never feel unwelcome. The professors are also awesome to work with.

  • 04/24/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    I've herd stories.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about.

    Great for these types of students

    All.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo Days, its a celebration along with St. Patty's day!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it is one of the best priced schools in the state of South Dakota.

    What to do for fun

    Shows, concerts, dances, sporting events and the neat rock climbing wall at the wellness center.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing variety!

    Dorm Life

    Fun learning and growing experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely confusing at times, be prepared and ask a lot of questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as you can, student loans are not fun.

    In three sentences

    I would give SDSU an 8 out of 10. Campus is a great atmosphere and has a lot to offer.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HOBO days are a blast!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, party, study, study.

    In three sentences

    Great teachers. Great learning atmosphere! Great campus with tons of things to do.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    They have some pretty raging parties

    What to do for fun

    Go to parties.

    Dorm Life

    CA's suck

    Tips for prospective students

    Go here.

    In three sentences

    SDSD is awesome.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo days is a great and unusual tradition.

    What to do for fun

    Athletic events and many different opportunities around the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dress for the cold and don't get to wrapped up in the partying. school is most important.

    In three sentences

    I believe that this school has given me the opportunity to succeed even though other schools did not accept me. I appreciate this opportunity and everything south dakota state university has to offer. It is a wonderful school to attend with many opportunities.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Totally safe, you can freely walk out on campus at night without fearing anything, except for some noisy students who just got a drink. Crime, even the most trivial ones, rarely take place. An indeed very safe and peaceful campus and town.

    Greek Life

    There is an Honors Dorm on campus, where all well educated students can meet and live. Besides, greek life does not evolve very well in the school, many students do not take studying seriouly but they do not bother intellectuals. II will rate Greek life 2.5 stars.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs with many activities, as mentioned above.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who have origin as cowboys, rednecks, military men, farmer family and students who have small budget for education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school has one traditional holiday called Hobo day. On this day people not only in the school but also in the city will parade, open parties and drink, a quite interesting day but watch for your bicycles (if you have one) since they will be very drunk.

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent choice for those who have tight budget but still can earn a fairly good education, especially American students, who can also apply for many resident scholarships and aid, a good but not excellent choice for international students.

    What to do for fun

    As mentioned, the school has many clubs with many activities inside the clubs, but when winter comes (last from late November to early April), most have to take place inside, but they still manage to hold the activities well.

    Food and Dining

    Foods on campus may be a little various with vegetables, Mexican foods, Asian foods, burgurs, etc., but i have never heard anyone praise the quality of the foods. Besides, the prices are unreasonably expensive. Be prepared to buy canned and processed foods in nearby Walmart.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms vary in price based on the inside facilities and interior. Most dorms provide students with useful facilites such as kitchen, studying rooms and entertaining rooms but these facilites either are too few for a large amount of students or do not receive good care. People are mostly friendly, even to minority students. They sometimes hold some interesting activites in the dorms also.

    Academic Rigor

    I am majoring in Agricultural Leadership, and i find the school has effective method to educate this major without pushing students too hard. While junior and senior classes may vary in difficulty depends on the majors, most general studies classes are easy and do not need much brain work to get an A. Since the professors are dedicated and helpful, students who cannot keep track with the class, if spend out a little time woth them, can improve himself much more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for living in one of the coldest states of the US, temperature sometimes can dip odwn to negative 40 degrees but usually -10 to -15 degrees. Cope with the somewhat boring life in a small city in the country would be a good idea. Choose wisely the dorm you are going to live since there are many dorms on campus.

    In three sentences

    Like most other schools, SDSU does not have a very good cafeteria. There are lots of clubs and activities in the school, but sometimes the harsh weather prevents the activities to take place or the students to join. It has fairly good academic quality, especially Agriculture related majors, and most Professors are very dedicated.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, clubs, wellness center, plays, sporting events, many different bingo nights and movie nights

    Food and Dining

    Have some different choices of food and new places were added this year.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty good. Just got some new dorms built. Some of the older dorms can be a little small.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teachers are very interesting and will take the time to help you out if you are having difficulties.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for some bigger classes.

    In three sentences

    It is a very diverse and fun campus. There are so many different activities you can do. It is a great college with many opportunities.

  • 07/27/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    South Dakota State is definitely one of the most affordable colleges that I know! I mean the first few years, are very easy to pay for and I don't know of any college that could beat the prices that SDSU has to offer!

    Food and Dining

    The food at South Dakota State is so good! I always wanted to go and get more and it's always fresh! you can definitely count on a good meal at any of the food joints there!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice, and very neat and clean when you first get there. There's plenty of room and they even provide many of the things that are necessary while you're at college. They provide lofted bunk beds, two dressers, two desks, two chairs and even blinds for the windows!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very easy to sign up for here, but you'll have to sign up fast to receive the times that you would like! Most classes are taught by the same teacher but always at very different times.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love south Dakota State University! Everyone who works there are very nice and they'll answer any questions that you have, no matter how crazy and off the wall there are! The campus is very easy to get around and there's so much to do!

  • 10/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HOBO day is a big tradition on campus and for the community as well. Try not to get lost in the shuffle, the whole week leading up to it is crazy with people everywhere events every night and usually a lot of drunks. So be careful thinks smart and always bring a friend with.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, attend events (on and off campus), don't be afraid to chat up someone in your class they might become your best friend. Talk to people because sometimes events aren't advertised the best. The best way to find out about stuff to do is to ask people what they are planning to do for the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    Always good food somewhere on campus but is usually very expensive, but that's why you use your meal plan- if you have to have one you might as well use it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't great but how great can it really be to live that close to that many people?

    Tips for prospective students

    Use your meal plan, all of it.

    In three sentences

    Nice teachers. Nice people. Nice town.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are into the outdoors there are MANY other students who love the outdoors. People are always out hunting and doing farm stuff. If you arent into that like me there are other more indoor things you can do like the things residental life puts on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo Days has some very weird traditions like a male pageant and beard contest.

    Bang for the buck

    Most everything is included in tuition and room and board or you meal plan. Everything is relatively cheap compared to other state universities.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many organizations on campus. They have posters all over and are open to new members all year. Many orgaizations hold dances several times through out the year. Weekend Stuff always has at least one activity each weekend like bingo or movie night.

    Food and Dining

    There are several restaurants in the union and around campus. There is The Market in the union as well that serves all kinds of food, from pasta to Mexican, to home style meals and a salad bar. Larson Commons had many different foods similar to The Market but is buffet styles dinning.

    Dorm Life

    I stay in an older dorm and it isnt so bad. Walking up four flights of stairs gets because there is no elevator. The bathrooms need to be updated but other then that it's good. Most of the dorms are new and are very nice. Every hall has lots of activities if you want to meet other people living in your hall.

    Academic Rigor

    I was worried about doing good in my classes but professors want you to succeed. They always will to help you and answer questions in class and are willing to meet outside office hours if you are unavailable during that time. There are SO many opportunities to get help in any subject. All the tutoring services on campus are free!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit the campus. Ask current students about campus and classes. Everyone is really friendly and willing to help you.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota is a friendly campus with many new amenities. The Union is new with many choices for dinning, and areas to study. Campus organizations are always accepting member and students are really encouraged to get involved.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    We have many clubs and activities to offer students. With over 100 clubs and organizations, this is an easy way to explore what you want and learn something new, every day.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    South Dakota State has a tradition of hobos. We have a whole week in October dedicated to our homecoming and it's name is: Hobo Week while the actual day of the football game is: Hobo Day. Many traditions live on through celebrating being a hobo and a Jack Rabbit. During Hobo Week, you are encouraged to dress in ratty clothes, grow a beard (for men), sleep over in cardboard houses and bum a meal with your friends. It's a fabulous tradition that will carry on for many years to come!

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, South Dakota State is a fairly inexpensive institution. Compared to several universities surrounding us i.e., U of M, Michigan State, Iowa State; you can rest assured SDSU has the least expensive options when it comes to preparing for your future. With many different majors and classes, getting a diversity rich education is possible, and completely affordable with South Dakota State.

    What to do for fun

    With so many different clubs and organizations, it's hard NOT to have fun at South Dakota State. I am a part of the Pride of the Dakotas, skydiving club, dance club and dairy club. I've made many life long friends and did activities I wouldn't had done, had it not been for these student run organizations. Home sports games are always a big deal, from football season, to basketball season and rodeo team events. Grocery bingo happens once a week, students are able to win food and pother great prizes while playing a fun game. Also, dances are a part of college life and Greek Houses put on safe, student organized activities. Even while sitting in the dorms you can have fun. I ended up having a board game night with several girls on my floor. We would order pizza, put in a movie and play a game. It was a very looked forward to, part of the week.

    Food and Dining

    Several options are given to students for eating and lounging. We have Larson commons which is a buffet type eatery that has everything from standard sandwiches to pasta dishes. This is the place to go if you really want to fill up and study the night away. Down stairs Larson, there is a newly added Erberts and Gerberts. I absolutely love Erbs and Gerbs, I swing by there once a week to enjoy a delicious sandwich by friendly student staff. In the student union, lots of options are given. Java City is the place to go for a delicious coffee drink or a mean white-hot chocolate. There is also, a central serving area with plenty of seating. There is a grill works area for burgers and fries, a pasta only bar, salad bar, soups, soda, easy grab and go snacks and even a nacho place. When walking out of the central watering hole, you enter into a large seating area, where you can hang out and relax. The student union also offers, Einstein Bagel Brothers, Pita Express, Chik-Filet, Panda Express, Papa John's pizza and Weary Wil's. Weary Wil's is a sports type of eatery, with burgers fries, soups, salads and many other options. It's also a plave where you can have SDSUs very own ice cream. After all, we are the university that invented cookies 'n cream.

    Dorm Life

    We just had several new dorms built on campus and older dorms were transitioned into upperclassmen only buildings. Depending on where your classes are, you can live in certain ares of campus according to your classrooms. I really enjoyed the dorm life experience because I gained so many new friends and there was always something to do. Any conflicts that arose were handled in a professional manner by each floor C.A. They planned fun events and were there to talk to you if you ever needed some advice on college life.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are what you make them at South Dakota State. You can, sleep in, not show up to class, never say a word to your professor and expect to pass. But, you can wake up with a fresh face, attend every class and have weekly conversations with your professor and pass with flying colors. I have experienced many talented and willing-to-help, teachers at South Dakota State. Students are pushed to think outside the box and push themselves to always do their best. I feel that we are all more than test scores here. We are individuals, wanting to change our future. And you can easily do that with the academics here at South Dakota State.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into student loan rates and apply for scholarships! You never know what you qualify for and so many people want to see you succeed. Seeing a counselor is great, but when it's for free, it's even better. Counseling is offered at the SDSU Wellness Center and you can go in and talk to someone. Being able to talk about the transition from high school into college and life changes can help so much! Not just for incoming freshman, but for every year you are at college. Meet with your adviser and map out a success plan. They are there to help you and guide you. If you do not like your adviser, you are able to switch to someone who will better fit your needs. Also, the amount of student help and tutoring on this campus is stellar. We have many study groups who offer food and free help to those tough classes. And finally, never be afraid to ask for help. South Dakota State University is a very user friendly campus

    In three sentences

    It feels like home. I cannot wait to come back next year. I enjoy all of the clubs and organizations this campus has to offer.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The Greek life is very small and almost nonexistent at SD State but it is continually growing.

    What to do for fun

    There are many fun options for things to do despite the small town of Brookings. The school does a good job of hosting weekend activities as well. There is bowling, frisbee golf, a golf course and a movie theatre.

    Food and Dining

    SD State has a great variety of dining options from Chinese to sandwiches and salads. The meal plan is also very flexible for all of the dining options.

    Dorm Life

    If your open to meeting new friends the dorm life at SD state's dorms have a great atmosphere for making new friends. They are also clean, have areas for cooking a and some of the front desks even have movies you can rent!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell prospective students to attend the orientation and spend the night in the dorms that they offer you to stay in. Doing this I met a lot of friends and we were able to transition in the first weeks of college together.

    In three sentences

    SD State has great teachers that really care about your success and want to help you succeed. The advisors at state are very helpful and willing to answer questions that their students have. I am truest able to value my education because I can tell that I am learning and the quality of the education I'm receiving is good.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hobo Days for Homecoming is very strange, but very fun!

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are blue boxes where you can push a button and university police department will escort you to your building.

    Clubs and Activities

    I never really found a club that was quite right for me.

    Great for these types of students

    Agriculture students or students who lived on a farm for a good part of their life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our homecoming is called Hobo Day. There are plenty of activities that go on during the week including: the hobo day parade, bum-a-meal, and miss homelycoming paegent.

    Bang for the buck

    The university overpriced everything and there are so many other schools that offer the same major for half the cost.

    What to do for fun

    We went to Cubby's, a sports bar and grill, and we also attended a lot of sporting events to support our teams.

    Food and Dining

    The food was decent but it was expensive and there were not a lot of healthy options to choose from which is hard for new freshman trying not to gain the Freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoyed dorm life my freshman year but I absolutely hated it my second year. It was expensive and nobody really interacted with each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are rigorous and when they advise putting in two hours for every hour you are in class, they mean it. The work you put in is the work you get out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and pay attention. Don't just sit on your laptop and surf the web or check social networking sites. Classes become so much more difficult if you don't pay attention.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is one of the most important things on campus. Throughout the campus there are light poles with emergency boxes where at the touch of a single button a campus officer will come to your aid within a minutes time. If you just don't feel safe walking out to your car or from a building back to your dorm you can use these emergency boxes to have an officer accompany you safely to your destination. Campus is also patrolled every day and night to assure students that they are safe and to stop anything from happening. After dances and major campus events campus officers also patrol the campus strongly to ensure that no mischief occurs and that everyone has a safe and fun time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus. Clubs that pertain to your major such as speech club or microbiology club can help you meet new people who share the same interests as you in your field of study and you can participate in the activities that the club does. There are also many other clubs on campus that students can join to just have a good time doing something they love with students who enjoy the same thing like wild life and fisheries club or horse club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition that has been a part of SDSU is the campanile race where you run up approximately 180 steps to the top of the highest building on campus and get a ticket for some free ice cream at the ice cream bar on campus where there are as many flavors as you can imagine served to you daily. Another unusual tradition that has been kept up for years are the roping contests held outside of the agricultural dorm hall throughout the year. There is a roping steer outside the hall and everyday you can see several students roping and having a blast.

    Bang for the buck

    On a college students budget its nice knowing you don't have to pay to use the wellness center here on campus where there is a rock climbing wall, basketball courts, tennis courts, large swimming pool, and a large workout center with a wide variety of equipment. On weekends for a small amount of money you can participate in the many dances that are organized here on campus such as barn dances and black light dances. There are endless things for students to do here on campus even if reading a book sounds fun you can get lost in the three story library where each floor has a tremendous amount of books it would take years to read them all.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun, but one thing I suggest students do is to join a club. There are many clubs of all sorts for anyone wanting to meet people with the same interests. For instance I am in a horse club and anything horse related that you can think of we get to do. Each club has various activities that they do and enjoy. Other things that are fun on campus are Friday night flicks where there is a movie being played in one of the biggest classrooms on campus and its free. Other activities go on throughout each week such as: Ice skating, contests in the union lobby, bowling, and many more things that students can participate in and have fun too.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat around campus from Chinese food at Panda Express to home cooked meals in the Union Market place there are a variety of places to satisfy any students food desires. Several coffee shops can be found on campus and even a couple small grocery stores that supply all the basic needs of students. Breakfast, lunch, and supper are served everyday and hours of service vary from place to place so that there is always a place open for students who have busy schedules. In every dorm there are kitchens where students can make their own meals if they prefer their own home cooked meals or are on a tight budget and need to boil some water for ramen noodles. There are many dining options here at South Dakota State that no student will be without a well proportioned meal everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here at South Dakota State University is great. Although everyone's opinion is different, I have had a great experience with the dorm life. My first semester here I got to choose who I wanted to room with so I chose to be roommates with my best friend from high school. Throughout the first year we had met new people and found new friends to spend our time with so then when our second year came around we chose to live with our new friends. All the dorms have several floors and each floor is a small community all its own. With community assistants on every floor they help create things to do for everyone to get to know each other and spend time together. This helped in making a better experience getting to know the people I was living with on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many people at school and sometimes it is hard to get accustomed to life on campus and dealing with all the new people but it's not that hard at all if just given the chance. By following rules and staying safe you can have a great time at college. Meeting new people is also a great thing that occurs while living at school. There are some people that you won't get along with but college friends and high school friends are two different things. In high school you only have a few options to pick from for friends depending on the size of school you go to, but going to college you get to meet new people who have the same interests as you just by being in the same classes. You will find that new friends that have the same interests as you and same classes as you will help you have a better time learning the material and will keep you focused on assignments that are due.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip I want to stress the most is that even though you may have good grades in high school, coming to college is a whole different story and if you are struggling to achieve the grades you had in high school, study a lot and make use of all the resources that you can. This includes tutoring, help sessions, study groups, and even going to a professor's office to get any questions you may have answered. Many students don't realize how much tutors, professors and other faculty member are there to help them and students don't need to feel like they are dumb because they go to tutoring because even the smartest students go to tutoring just to get another hour or so of studying for their classes.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University has opened my eyes to the many opportunities there are in choosing a career path for my future. I feel that South Dakota State is a fantastic university and it has everything a student like myself may ever need to accomplish and achieve my goals. This university has made me feel even more confident on becoming a microbiologist and I feel right at home with the professors and tutors that are here to help me achieve my career goals.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus is a fairly big school, and if you're walking alone at night it gets pretty scary. That's why our campus has Emergency Blue Boxes. They're for anyone to use if they feel like they're going to get hurt. Also, our Community Assistants go through hours of training to do their best to keep our halls safe.

    Greek Life

    There are many different sororities and fraternities on campus. They're safe and fun, nothing like you see in the movies! I haven't had a chance to pledge for one, but I have heard that it's sort of like a family. Everyone looks after each other, and it's a great way to meet some really awesome friends!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities.I was in Dance club for a little while, which was so much fun! There are also many different academic clubs. Our campus numerous theater productions. The list is endless. There is something here for every student!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HOBO DAZE! Hobo days is our campus homecoming week. All week there are different activities that students can participate in; including rally the rails, paint the town, bum-a-meal, miss homely-coming, and, of course, probably one of the biggest football games of the season.

    What to do for fun

    Right now, I spend time with some friends and go to the wellness center for fun. I would like to get involved in theater or our homecoming committee. I just always seem to hear about it too late.

    Food and Dining

    I think I have a love hate relationship with the dining here. There are days where it's really good and days where it's really bad. One thing I love about our dining is that there are many options. I don't have to just eat at one location all year.

    Dorm Life

    I really like my dorm hall. From what I've heard about other halls, it is just as fun. It can get a little loud, but anywhere is going to be loud every now and then. Everyone in Binnewies hall is super nice, and I love all the friends that I have made here.

    Academic Rigor

    The instructors challenge us. It isn't like high school. I can't pay attention just in class and expect to pass. There is effort that needs to be put in outside of the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. I haven't had much time to get involved, and I regret it. I hear about all the fun everyone is having, and it makes me want to go out and find something to get involved in.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University is a great campus for students that want to further their education and be involved in different activities. The residence halls are fun and the community assistants try their best to make it feel like home. The campus itself is a friendly environment.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    All throughout campus SDSU has blue safe lights that if there is a problem you can go and push a button and cops will come to your safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    South Dakota State University has many options to be involved in clubs and activities though out your stay with SDSU and these clubs can make any lost student feel at home.

    Great for these types of students

    South Dakota State University is great for Agriculture and Nursing Majors, but SDSU also has many other majors that have good programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Camponile is a must visit freshmen year of college. Hobo days is great tradition that SDSU has for their homecoming week.

    Bang for the buck

    South Dakota State University is very reasonable in price, compared to many states.

    What to do for fun

    SDSU has many things to do for fun, as the town is built around the college, so many things on campus and around town can be fun to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus at SDSU is just okay. Many types of food are lacking flavor and the main food place is in the middle of campus and is hard for people on the west side of campus to have a good diet.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at SDSU is fun! They have many options on where to live that will fit your budget the best. Also a nice part about going to SDSU is that you only live in the dorms the first two years. :)

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at SDSU are not super hard where it is easy to fail, but they are challenging. SDSU also encourages a lot of group work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students should get their priorities straight right from the start, some things can be very distracting here.

    In three sentences

    The community at SDSU is great! All the students are very friendly and always helpful, and the professors are willing to help out any student at any time. SDSU is a great place to make lifetime friends.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police and Brookings police are one in the same, so it's not just a bunch of rent-a-cops sitting around. I've heard lots of girls shouldn't go out alone at night, but I walk back from my job at 1-3 am depending on the night and I've never had anything worse than drunk boys screeching for me to flash them as they drive by in a car. I will say that male AND female CAs regularly enter both sexes bathrooms in the dorms. The CAs are chosen very carefully, but if you're uncomfortable with being in the same bathroom as someone of the opposite sex because of a traumatic experience, this is not the place to be.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and activities here, so it's mostly a matter of finding the one that's right for you and your schedule. If you have a lot of lab classes or work in the evenings, it will probably be a little difficult to find one.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are able to wedge yourself into groups easily, this is a great school. It's got a great pharmacy program as well, but you have to get in. (And to get in, you pretty much can't have any sort of real job and have to join clubs and fraternities that cost money and volunteer and go to every chem SI session and and and and and). In general, people who have difficulty making friends or difficulty following res life or whoever up through email or phone will have a hard time. You have to be able to make yourself heard to do well here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Brown Hall bathrooms. Walk through sewage with us when the toilets overflow. C'mon. It's fun.

    Bang for the buck

    You pay for what you get. There are some good professors that will make an impact on your life, but there are just as many professors that you'll wish you could forget about after three weeks sitting in their class. I would like to note that the labs I have been in so far have been shoddy and overpriced. The CHEM 112 lab book (written by the professor and required for the class for an exorbitant price) instructs students to pull test tubes out of boiling water with bare hands carefully and to use wads of paper towels to (hopefully) not burn your fingers on the way to the sink with beakers of boiling water. Be prepared to be scalded since the department doesn't seem to think that any sort of silicon pot holder type thing is a waste of money. As is having actual, working lab equipment available to undergrads not involved in research.

    What to do for fun

    On warmer days, it's nice to just walk around Brookings or play frisbee in a park with friends or whatever. In the winter... well, there is a movie theater and there is a club downtown for those who can drink (plus a few underage nights), but in general the only thing to do that isn't happening on campus is going out to eat. The school, clubs, and dorms generally have stuff going on during the weekends though, you just have to look for when tickets will be available.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great for anyone with a good metabolism and a hankering for grease. There are healthier options available, but they are few, repetitive, not available on weekends, and far between. If you're vegetarian, you'll be spending a lot of time wishing that the market in the union was open so that you can get to the salad bar. (It's only open for a few hours around lunch M-F and around dinner M-Th). If you have a lot of special dietary needs (vegan, gluten free, etc.) you should probably seriously talk to someone on campus about what you'll actually be able to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Choose your dorm wisely. Well, actually, you'll be fine in any dorm except for Brown. Brown has its share of lovely, kind, warm-hearted people and fun CAs, but don't let that and the price reel you in. Think hard about whether you want warm showers and toilets that work. For the first three weeks or so of the school year, it was impossible to get anything but a cold shower. Now, it's still iffy but turning on three showers at a time seems to help. One of the three tends to get warm. Notice I used the word warm; there is no such thing as a hot shower here in Brown Town. Then there's the general moldy odor (mixed with the scent of sewage that spewed out from 3/4 toilets that were broken on my floor before Christmas break and the pot that the girl down the hall smokes) that is commonly referred to as Brown Hall Funk. There is no shared refrigerator, a tiny shared kitchen, no access to cooking utensils unless someone happens to be at the front desk, and a broken microwave. There are only 7 washing machines and 12 dryers (but really more like 4-5 washing machines and 9 or so dryers because the rest are broken) for an entire dorm full of people. Did I mention that there were no lights in the shower area of one of the bathrooms for 2-3 weeks? In conclusion, if you like cold showers, constant mold (the bathrooms have zero ventilation so either you leave the windows open when it's -20 or you get moldy), funky odors, and the school not giving a durn whether your toilets and lights work, move to Brown. You'll have lots of fun. Promise.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, it depends on the class. Some classes are so easy that you can sleep through them and not read a thing and still get an A. Other classes are basically engineered so that you can't get an A without attending every SI (supplemental instruction) session offered (and let's just say that you won't be going to many of those if you plan on working at night).

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't listen to what the admissions ambassadors and other school representatives say about the school; talk to real students who actually have to live in the dorm or take the classes or whatever and aren't being paid by the school to tell prospective students how nice everything is. It's a good school, but these people are definitely there to give you a rose-tinted view of everything.

    In three sentences

    Brookings is truly a wonderful town, but this university definitely isn't the best fit for everyone. There are parts that are truly amazing, and others that drive me (and many of my fellow students) up the wall. Be sure you really look into the school before you decide on going here.

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Options are available all over campus, but overly expensive and not terribly healthy.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different dorms to live in. However, they are outdated and cramped. Also, parking is such a pain. Pay for prime spots or bring a bike!

    Academic Rigor

    I find many of the pre-requisites are a chopping block for many majors. If you cannot pass these classes for sure, you will not be able to pass the major. Some of my classes, at the end of semester, decreased by over 45%.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out all of their scholarships.

    In three sentences

    SDSU provides easy access throughout South Dakota and the surrounding states. It has well-known programs throughout the United States, that are easily transferred to many jobs. It is also one of the most cost effective schools around.

  • 02/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are athletic events, clubs, intramurals, rock climbing, and the wellness center.

    Food and Dining

    Many things are closed on the weekends making it very inconvenient. Few good healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    You will always hear that the dorm life is bad, but it really isn't. All of the halls are livable and the people there will make it an amazing time for you. Also, if you want nice dorms, they are available for a higher price.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are all passable. There are many opportunities for help such as the amazing tutoring center and Supplemental Instruction sessions. Most of the professors are willing to help you if you put forth effort in their class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for winter; it gets very cold here and snow days are not common. Be involved; involvement in activities is what will make your experience here memorable.

    In three sentences

    South Dakota State University is a very agriculturally centered school, however also excels in health sciences and engineering. It is busy during the week, but often deserted during the weekends. Overall, a very friendly Midwest school.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is week full of events that lead up to the biggest celebration in South Dakota, also SDSU homecoming. HOBO DAYS!!!!!!

    What to do for fun

    There is many things to do for fun here for example play sports, eat a lot of ice cream, go to all sorts of athletic programs and best part of all just hangout with group of people.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is good for the first month and after that it gets sickening

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorm life! I have met some pretty awesome people that I get along with real well. I do live in a newer dorm with central air and heat.

    Academic Rigor

    I am taking an exercise science degree with pre-reqs to get into physical therapy. My work load is heavy but I knew that was going to be the case because PT school isn't easy to get into.

    Tips for prospective students

    You better come here with warm clothes!

    In three sentences

    I always wanted to come to SDSU to learn, for it was the nicest and cheapest campus around. I am now just starting my second semester here and I would give it a 4 out 5 stars.

  • 03/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety at SDSU is taken very seriously. There are many officers on duty at all times and they are trustworthy individuals that care about the needs and safety of the students, as well as faculty.

    Clubs and Activities

    A couple of activities I am involved in at South Dakota State University is being involved with bible studies and also worship services. However, it is imperative that individuals know that South Dakota State University is not a private college. Secondly, students encourage others to practice what one believes of any kind. Students at SDSU are very open and willing to accept others. Another activity I am involved in is Art Club. I enjoy being apart of Art Club because although I am a Pre-Nursing student, it is important for students to connect with students of all majors. I am proud to say that I am the Vice President of Art Club, and I feel that SDSU has clubs and activities that are meant for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    A couple of activities I am involved in at South Dakota State University is being involved with bible studies and also worship services. However, it is imperative that individuals know that South Dakota State University is not a private college. Secondly, students encourage others to practice what one believes of any kind. Students at SDSU are very open and willing to accept others. Another activity I am involved in is Art Club. I enjoy being apart of Art Club because although I am a Pre-Nursing student, it is important for students to connect with students of all majors. I am proud to say that I am the Vice President of Art Club, and I feel that SDSU has clubs and activities that are meant for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    South Dakota State University has improved its food and dining by adding in many new restaurants/dining areas that provide students with many options with where to eat.

    Dorm Life

    South Dakota State University is willing to accommodate to every student's needs. If one is an individual that prefers a quiet living space or a high energy dorm, it is very easy to find one's way and feel accepted.

    Academic Rigor

    Educational expectations are nothing but professional at SDSU. Although the class size is about 300 or more for science courses, for example, tutoring services are free. Additionally, students are able to speak with or schedule meetings with professors at any time. I am a student that does need extra directions or assistance, and I would say that SDSU works to aid all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students considering SDSU, I'm excited for you! I would suggest doing research on tuition and housing as well as major options. However, try not to let 'research' scare you. South Dakota State University aids all individuals in need with transferring transcripts as well as financially. Additionally, there are many tours available if one would be interested in having a more hands-on experience with deciding if SDSU is the best option.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is an environment that accepts individuals of all backgrounds. I am a proud student of SDSU and there are many resources for students to succeed, including tutoring and professors that are willing to go the extra mile to help students. Additionally, there are many clubs and activities that accept all students.

  • 03/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that like small town life, future nurses, and future farmers.

    Bang for the buck

    This school definitely is a bang for the buck because you get a quality education from a 4-year university without the high costs being involved.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs and organizations through the school, there are sports to join, dances happen every couple of weeks at the school, and lots of other things.

    Food and Dining

    SDSU has lots of options for food and places to eat and most of the places are all in one building called The Student Union, which makes it easy to meet up with friends everyday for lunch.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms personally but they are right where all the action is at so that would be an advantage. I have seen the dorms and the only thing I can see is that they might be a little bit small compared to some.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many resources available to students wanting to get help in a certain subject and the professors are very good at what they do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to take as many college level classes in high school as you can, so by the time you come to college you won't have to take remedial courses.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a great and affordable place to go and the campus is very appealing. The people that go to this school are nice and accepting of others. Anyone can find a place to fit in at here.

  • 04/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is generally pretty safe, but the security is not particularly responsive and the emergency contact points on campus are often out of order. While violence is uncommon on campus, there was a rapist who attacked on campus in 2009.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is unobtrusive, but supportive. If you're really not into the whole Greek thing, you probably won't notice them on campus aside from their periodic events. If you want to participate in Greek life, there are organizations for almost anyone that are very welcoming and inclusive to students.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for students who are accustomed to the conservative rural culture, that can be almost offensive to students who come from more progressive areas. Students who are focused will do well at SDSU, but those who lack direction can easily become lost and attribute to the moderate drop-out rate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The old buildings on the west side of campus may or may not be haunted. The creamery on campus is part of an originally entirely student-run dairy sciences program that is unique to the school. Homecoming is called Hobo Days because of the railroad that runs through the town and the theme generally centers around the vagabonds that rode the rails.

    Bang for the buck

    There are a few programs that are exceptional and are definitely underrated. Otherwise, the school is generally well priced.

    What to do for fun

    Being in a rural area really challenges one's creativity when it comes to entertainment. Sioux Falls is about an hour away, with a few decent music venues, a shopping center, and museums. There is a state park near Bruce, a few miles north of campus with a gorgeous lake and swimming area. If you don't have a car, options are dramatically limited. In town, there are great restaurants, a few bars, a movie theater, and a disc golfing course. Aside from that, drinking to excess is a very popular (although not advisable) choice.

    Food and Dining

    It's really hard to find fresh and healthy options on campus. If you're into greasy farm food, you're in for a treat. There are students on campus and in the area that work really hard to advocate for healthy options, but progress is slow. That being said, some of the food is still really good if you're not plagued by a health-conscious mind or dietary restrictions.

    Dorm Life

    Although the school has spent a lot of time and money on renovations and new dorms, some are just flat out gross. In my experience however, the older dorms are where you meet more international students and other people in academically rigorous programs. The new dorms are used largely to make a good impression on new students and are full of kids destined to drop out. Community Advisors (their term for RA) vary in community involvement, so your experience is really what you make it, unless you're lucky enough to have a CA that is really enthusiastically involved.

    Academic Rigor

    Some programs are far harder than others. Most of the engineering programs, pharmacy, and nursing programs have a far greater workload than most others. The art programs are comparatively very time-intensive. Overall, the course load of an average student is less than other universities, but they use a proficiency test to assure that students are educated at a college level in core competencies.

    Tips for prospective students

    The keys for success at SDSU are no different than other schools. Unless you are violently, physically ill, always go to class. It is so easy to fall behind once you start skipping. Do all the assigned AND suggested work even if it seems remedial or unnecessary, it'll help cement concepts into your memory. Communicate with your instructors and advisor. Students who don't communicate often disengage and fall behind. Get involved on campus to get engaged and stay connected on campus. This makes it easy to feel a sense of belonging, which prevents you from dropping out.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is an affordable school in a charming, rural town where the cost of living is conducive to student life. There are lots of opportunities for students who actively seek them.