South Dakota State University: Narrative Description

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PO Box 2201
Brookings, SD 57007
Tel: (605)688-4151; 800-952-3541; Admissions: (605)688-4121; Fax: (605)688-6384; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1881. Setting: 272-acre small town campus. Endowment: $55.1 million. Research spending 2002-03: $31.6 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $5236 per student. Total enrollment: 10,642. Faculty: 638 (502 full-time, 136 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 3,748 applied, 96% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 35% from top quarter, 70% from top half. 7 National Merit Scholars, 90 valedictorians. Full-time: 7,408 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 1,876 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 39 states and territories, 19 other countries, 26% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 0.5% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 15% 25 or older, 33% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 75% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; agriculture; engineering/engineering technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.6 high school GPA, minimum ACT score of 18, ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $2308 full-time, $72.10 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7332 full-time, $229.15 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2228 full-time, $69.70 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. College room and board: $3586. College room only: $1862. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 4% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Association, University Programming Council, Block and Bridle Club. Major annual events: Hobo Day, Spring Fling, Festival of Cultures. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 3,482 college housing spaces available; 3,311 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. H. M. Briggs Library with 555,523 books, 855,647 microform titles, 6,023 serials, 2,504 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $2.6 million. 278 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Brookings is located in the eastern part of the state, an agriculturally rich area with diversified farming influenced by research done at South Dakota State University. Located 55 miles from Sioux Falls, the community facilities include a library, 23 churches, an hospital, and many civic and service clubs. Recreational activities include deer and pheasant hunting, golf, and water sports at the center lake region.

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