Colleges in South Dakota

Colleges in South Dakota

South Dakota, also known as the Mount Rushmore State for the national monument, is in the midwest region. Most of the population lives in the eastern region, but colleges in South Dakota are all over. There are 22, and many are public or private not-for-profit institutions. The University of South Dakota is the oldest in the state, as well as the second largest. The most selective is Presentation College. Agriculture, ranching, defense, and tourism are the primary industries of the state, whereas Mount Rushmore tops the attractions list. Other points of interest include the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, Badlands National Park, Pinnacles Overlook, and the sculpture “Dignity.”
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South Dakota State University

Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is a 4-year public school in eastern South Dakota and the state’s largest university. The oldest institution of higher education in South Dakota, SDSU awards bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic...

“…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.” – Sheela from Lamberton, MN

University of South Dakota

Founded in 1862, the University of South Dakota is the state’s oldest public university and is a designated R2 research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The Vermillion campus is located along the bluffs of the Missouri River and home to seven...

“…i love the campus at usd. the environment is small and comfortable. i've had nothing but great professors and my horizons have been widened.” – Leslie from Vermillion, SD

Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is a 4-year liberal arts institution situated on 123 acres of land in Spearfish, South Dakota. Through its three colleges, BHSU offers more than 120 majors and minors, as well as three honors tracks. Students can complete...

“…black hills state is an excellent school, there are very friendly people, and helpful staff. the campus is in a very beautiful location in the black hills of south dakota. there are always fun activities going on around campus. ” – Sarah from Spear, SD

Augustana University

Founded in 1860, Augustana University is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a sister school of Augustana College. It is the largest private institution of higher learning in South Dakota with admissions rated as “selective...

“…It has a great theatre program. It has a great sense of community. I am certain this is the place for me.” – Travis from Box Elder, SD

Dakota State University

Founded as a teacher training academy in the days when the Dakotas were still a territory, Dakota State University is a public technology-focused institution in eastern South Dakota. Dakota State confers undergrad degrees in over 45 areas of study....

“…attending dsu this past year has been a great experience for me. the campus is not too big that you get lost and you're not just another number as on some campuses. i can't wait to return in the fall of 2012.” – Chad

Northern State University is a 4-year public school located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. NSU was named one of 10 colleges and universities with affordable out-of-state tuition by US News & World Report and USA Today College named Aberdeen the second...

“…The teachers at Northern State University are top-notch. They teach us the things we will need to know to succeed out in the working world. The institution as a whole could not be better, an overall friendly atmosphere.” – Jacob from Aberdeen, SD

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Dakota Wesleyan University is a 4-year institution in the southeast region of South Dakota. For all incoming students looking to discover their academic path, DWU’s online Clifton StrengthsFinder helps...

“…DWU offers many different activities to get people involved on campus such as Friday night movies, weekly chapel, and bringing in performers (i.e., hypnotist). I really enjoy the small community and how people are very friendly. The teachers and...” – Briana from Warner, SD

Founded by the American Baptist Churches, the University of Sioux Falls is a Christian liberal arts college in South Dakota’s largest city. USF’s Christ-centered academic programs are home to more than 40 majors and open to all students who wish to...

“…The University of Sioux Falls is an incredible school of academics, opportunities, and community. I cannot have imagined starting my life anywhere else. I'm not a number, but a student; not a statistic, by a searching and seeking soul; not just a...” – Lindsey from Colton, SD

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a university located in the Mount Rushmore region. The institution was founded in 1885 to train students in the skilled trade of mining, and now offers a variety disciplines in the sciences. SD Mines...

“…south dakota school of mines is a great place for students who are considered geeks at their own school, and for those who may not fit in as well. don't come here for sports, come here if you want a great education. ” – Caitlin from Glendive, MT

Presentation College is a 4-year Catholic school, but it welcomes students of all faiths to its Aberdeen, South Dakota campus. Presentation confers degrees in 15 academic departments, with five of these programs available online. Campus Ministry...

“…Great community that helps college students. The staff really try to help all students succeed. The courses offered are great and interesting!” – 2tone

Mount Marty College offers a liberal arts education with an emphasis on the values of its Benedictine and Catholic affiliation from its scenic hilltop overlooking the Missouri River in Yankton, South Dakota. The college was founded by the Sisters of...

“…Mount Marty is the most welcoming and friendly place I've ever been too. Mount Marty is committed to helping each student achieve their dreams. I've made some of the best friends and met some of the most influential professors at Mount Marty. ” – Kaitlyn from Norfolk, NE

Southeast Technical Institute is a 2-year technical and vocational school in Sioux Falls. Southeast Tech is home to ten academic departments hosting over 60 degree and certificate-granting programs. For students who desire the opportunity to learn a...

“…Being that I haven't attended Southeast Technical Institute, I feel that every staff member from admissions and formers students have been very helpful and intiative with answering all my questions. I like that they offer the right programs that I've...” – Roselani from El Cajon, CA

Lake Area Technical Institute is a 2-year technical college and the first technical school in South Dakota. Lake Area Tech features 30 academic programs in technical and career-based fields and 12 degrees that are available entirely online. The LATI...

Established in 1968, Mitchell Technical Institute is a public, 2-year institution located in South Dakota. MTI offers 33 career-oriented academic programs, as well as five programs available for online enrollment. MTI’s campus features the Center for...

“…Mitchell Tech is great! There is a lot to do on and off campus. Not to mention the Faculty is very helpful when needed.” – Sheritha from Mitchell, SD

With a mission to improve Lakota life through higher education, Oglala Lakota College is a tribal college in South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. OLC is home to 10 academic departments and all classes incorporate Lakota language, speakers,...

“…This is an affordable college with awesome and helpful support staff. Oglala Lakota College is the smart choice for education. This is my #1 pick for college.” – Helena

Sanford Medical Center is a private, 2-year institution with education centers located in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Sanford Health offers nine internship programs for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as several research...

Sinte Gleska University is a 4-year, tribal institution located in Mission, South Dakota. Sinte Gleska offers over 20 academic programs, awarding certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees. The college’s campus...

“…Sinte Gleska offers four year degree programs in Human Services, Business, Lakota Studies and Information Technology,generally, with several minors. The university is open to the general public and core studies involve the Lakota Culture. SGU is...” – Alicia from Parmelee, SD

Established in 1968, Western Dakota Technical Institute is a public, 2-year institution located in Rapid City. As the only technical college operating in western South Dakota, Western Dakota Tech offers associate’s degree, diploma, and certificate...

“…It is an amazing school. It makes you feel at home, like a family. I have had the best teachers, and learned so much.” – Raelyn from Rapid City, SD

With campus on the Lake Traverse Reservation, Sisseton Wahpeton College is a tribal college in northeastern South Dakota serving the Sisseton and Wahpeton Native American Bands. SWC offers 11 associate degrees and five certificate-granting programs....

“…Sisseton Wahpeton College is a great school. It is cultural relevant. Also there are a variety of people.” – Terra from Sisseton, SD

Originally founded by the North American Baptist Conference, Sioux Falls Seminary is a multi-denominational Christian graduate school with locations in Sioux Falls and Omaha. Sioux Falls Seminary offers master’s degrees in Divinity, Counseling,...

With a campus along the bluffs of the Missouri River, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is a medical facility hosting medical training classes in southeastern South Dakota. The hospital is home to the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital School of Radiologic...

The Avera McKennan School of Radiologic Technology is a medical imaging training academy in Sioux Falls. Avera McKennan is home to a 24-month Radiologic Technology program featuring courses in subjects such as General Diagnostic Radiography,...

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