South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University

The value of SDState is found in excellent academics, affordability through value-driven tuition and scholarship opportunities and a campus community that creates Jackrabbits for life. More than 200 student organizations are available to ensure there is something for everyone.

Top reasons to study here

  • South Dakota State University is the state’s largest and most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs.
  • Our students get a personal, practical education on a vibrant campus with faculty that are engaged – not only in the classroom – but also throughout campus.
  • Flexible academic programs provide hands-on learning with professional experiences through internships, study abroad and the experiential learning.

PhD Programmes

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When Dakota Agricultural College was founded in the early 1880s, every farm had a milk cow or two. A farmer could expect about a gallon of milk per day from each cow, and there was usually plenty of milk in the spring but very little during the winter. 


South Dakota State University offers a diverse academic portfolio of majors, minors and specializations. We welcome you to our community of learners and encourage you to become part of the Jackrabbit family where you can discover your dreams and achieve your goals.


At SDSU, you’ll have study options in attractive fields such as renewable energy, food, health sciences, engineering, or nursing. Plus, you’ll have an engaging experience as you collaborate with innovative faculty, who are conducting advanced research in their respective fields.

Here, graduate students focus on research through 12 Ph.D. programs, two professional doctorates, or 24 master’s-level options. 

Undergraduates will build a network of contacts and perhaps even be published in the Journal of Undergraduate Research, or have your work highlighted at a special forum on student research during the South Dakota Legislative session.


Facilitating the transition from student to professional and helping students and employers connect are two goals that drive the services of the Office of Career Development. From students exploring career options and job possibilities to employers posting jobs and conducting on-campus interviews, we provide help both online and in person.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Succeeding at any university is exhilarating, but can have some difficulties. The Dean of Students is one of many resources to assist students in need. Here are some services provided by the Office of the Dean of Students for SDSU: Serves as the student Ombudsperson for the university; Supervises the Student Conduct Process; Chairs the Clery Report Review Committee. 

Every student should have the opportunity to make the most out of their experiences to successfully earn their quality education at SDSU. Enrolling at SDSU is a cultural experience complete with new friends, new modes of instruction and a new environment. Because of all of this change, some students struggle along the way.

Housing services

Living on campus is a jumpstart to students' learning and growth during their college careers at SDSU; residential students have everything they need to live, learn, and succeed conveniently located. Residence halls include furnished rooms, lounge areas, kitchens and laundry facilities. 

In addition, the residence halls are located close to most academic buildings, dining options, and SDSU activities and events. 

The residential experience is also a great way to meet other students; with an open mind and an open door, students can develop lifelong friendships. Who knows who you'll meet at SDSU!

Library services

The University Archives and Special Collections (A&SC) unit supports the missions of South Dakota State University and the Hilton M. Briggs Library. The A&SC identifies, collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials of cultural importance and historical and administrative value to all researchers regardless of affiliation. 

ICT services

The Active Learning environment is enabled by cloud computing. Basically, a "cloud" consists of networked computers that distribute processing power, software applications, and large systems amongst many types of devices (laptops, cell phones, etc.), giving students and faculty access to vast educational resources and information. 

Medical services

Welcome to the Student Health Clinic located in the Wellness Center at South Dakota State University. We specialize in college health. We offer high quality primary care services. 

The mission of South Dakota State University Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services is to promote the health and wellness of the university community. 

Student Life

Campus life

Want to take a tour of the South Dakota State University campus, but can’t make it to Brookings? Need a quick sneak peek of what’s in store before making a visit? View our online campus tour videos to get a quick synopsis of where over 12,000 students call home. There are over 168 buildings on campus, but here we have highlighted those that are most used by students and those who come to visit.

Sports facilities

Jackrabbits near and far gather in our many athletic facilities to cheer on SDState.

Our state-of-the-art Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, Student Wellness Center and Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic complex are used by not just SDState, but also by the Brookings community. Can you picture yourself here?

The Student Wellness Center has several state-of-the-art fitness machines and equipment, wellness classes and a conveniently located student health clinic.

The Student Wellness Center is connected to the Stanley J. Marshall Center where an indoor lap pool is located.

Student clubs

The Students' Association is comprised of all General Activity Fee-paying students at South Dakota State University. The Students' Association Senate is the official student government organization at SDSU, consisting of 28 senators representing each of the academic colleges and the student body president and vice president.

The Students' Association Senate serves as a representative body to bring the voice of SDSU students to university administration, faculty, and staff, state legislators and the South Dakota Board of Regents of Higher Education. The Students' Association also allocates student fee funds to support various campus entities, facilities, and many student organizations.


South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:

  • Dedicated faculty and staff
  • Quality new facilities
  • Excellent student leadership
  • Shared governance
  • Partnerships with local community
  • Robust and Integrated assessment program

Brookings, South Dakota, United States


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