Campus at a Glance
Black Hills State University, founded in 1883, offers 71 academic programs at the associate, bachelors, and masters degree levels. BHSU is located in Spearfish, a community of approximately 12,000, in the heart of the scenic northern Black Hills. The University transforms lives through innovative high-quality academic programs and a dynamic learning community. BHSU encourages students to enhance their college experience through student internships, undergraduate research projects, study abroad programs, and service learning opportunities. BHSU takes an active role in the many exciting initiatives in this region including innovative changes in education, the development of a world-class science lab, and emerging technology-related business enterprises.
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has been a leader in preparing world-class engineers and scientists since 1885. Our graduates design, construct, and operate the most modern technology to meet complex challenges such as climate change, bioenergy, mineral extraction and processing, advanced materials, environmental quality, and national defense. Alumni are held in the highest regard by their fellow leaders in industry, consulting, government, health, research, and education. Undergraduate education is enhanced by graduate education and research and development in the areas of critical need to South Dakota, the nation, and the international community. This includes the opportunities now unfolding as a result of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) project.
Since 1982, Capital University Center has offered public university courses in central South Dakota. CUC merged with the public university system in 2003, and moved into its permanent home, the Wallace R. Halverson Education Building, in 2009. The Capital University Center Foundation and Advisory Board supports the work of CUC, identifying educational needs in the region, providing instructional space, and promoting degree and course offerings. CUC offers courses or degrees from all six of the state’s public universities, and is operationally administered by South Dakota State University. CUC has met a growing demand for adult postsecondary education in central South Dakota, which does not have ready access to a traditional university campus.
During the last decade SDSU has seen the largest sustained enrollment growth in history. With almost 13,000 students, the face of the campus is being reshaped to reflect the growing student body.
Located in Brookings, that makes SDSU the largest school in South Dakota. Students are enrolled in seven colleges and more than 200 majors and minors. Many get involved in research while undergraduates and study in 63 state-of-the-art labs and classrooms. Students also gain internships and use study abroad opportunities around the world.
As the state’s land-grant institution, SDSU serves the people of South Dakota as a learning base, as well as promoting discovery via the Agricultural Experiment Station, and applying knowledge through the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service.
South Dakota State grads have been making an impact almost since its inception in 1881.
The list of famous graduates include Stephen Briggs, inventor of the Briggs and Stratton engine, Theodore Schultz, winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in economics, and Tom Daschle, former majority leader of the United States Senate.
Founded in 1881 as Dakota Territory’s first teacher training institute, Dakota State University has grown into the state’s flagship university for information technology education. Integrating information technology across the entire curriculum, Dakota State offers programs leading to certification, associate, bachelor, master’s and doctor of science degrees through the Colleges of Arts and Natural Sciences, Business and Information Systems, and Education.
A mission change in 1984 re-focused the school and Dakota State has distinguished itself by developing a curriculum that incorporates the latest technology into the classroom and in online delivery systems. The small campus size means DSU can respond to changing trends, and stay current with the needs of future employers of our graduates. The result is DSU consistently reports placement rates in the mid to upper 90 percentiles.
Home to the National Center for the Protection of the Financial Infrastructure and the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center, Dakota State continues to expand its research capabilities into areas the university’s founders could hardly have dreamed of in 1881.
Located in Madison, Dakota State is less than an hour’s drive from Sioux Falls. We invite you to discover DSU and explore the possibilities offered at this small but mighty university in eastern South Dakota.
South Dakota Public Universities & Research Center, also known as University Center, provides the greater Sioux Falls community with convenient local access to public higher education. At University Center the focus is on the adult learner and academic programs that foster and support the economic development of the Sioux Falls area. University Center offers more than 60 associates, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degree programs from five of the state’s public universities – the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University and Black Hills State University. More than 3,400 students take courses at University Center over the course of a year.
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is located on an attractive 286-acre campus in Vermillion, a small community nestled along the bluffs of the Missouri River in the southeast corner of South Dakota. Home to the state’s only law and medical schools as well as the College of Fine Arts, School of Health Sciences and the AACSB accredited Beacom School of Business, The U provides opportunities for involvement in music, theatre and a wide range of additional recreational, cultural, social and professional activities and organizations. USD’s main campus in Vermillion features the DakotaDome (home to NCAA Division I athletic competition), the National Music Museum, W.H. Over Museum, South Dakota’s only medical library and the Oscar Howe Art Gallery.