The South Dakota College Scene - An Exclusive U.S. College Search Report
South Dakota is a land of natural beauty, sparsely populated except along its eastern border with Minnesota and Iowa, and covered with a large number of Indian Reservations. While few travel to South Dakota from outside the state to attend college, the state itself has several excellent institutions in place to educate its own and a number of religious organizations have organized private colleges in South Dakota as well.
The University of South Dakota in the southernmost town of Vermillion is consistently lauded as a "best buy" college by national review publications. The School of Medicine here is also held in high regard and the university is often listed among the top doctoral universities in the country. USD's football team plays in a domed stadium - just right for the cold winters here - but when the weather is warm, students head for the nearby Missouri River and the wealth of outdoor activity it provides.
South Dakota State University is the largest in the state, with an enrollment of about 10,000 students. Located in Brookings, near the Minnesota border, this huge university offers 200 majors and minors and lots of activities to keep students busy during the long, cold South Dakota winters. The university is home to eight colleges: Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Arts and Science, Education and Counseling, Engineering, Family and Consumer Sciences, General Studies and Outreach Programs, Nursing, and Pharmacy, as well as a Graduate School.
Several small church-affiliated liberal arts colleges are scattered throughout the state. Check out the University of Sioux Falls, a Christian college in South Dakota's largest city; Mount Marty College, a Catholic institution in the southeastern town of Yankton; Augustana College, affiliated with the Lutheran Church and located in Sioux Falls; and the Methodist-affiliated Dakota Wesleyan University, in Mitchell.