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South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%

South Dakota State University Academics

South Dakota State University requires a minimum of 120 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree.

If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. South Dakota State University accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, South Dakota State University has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

NOTE: Around 59% of students who start college at South Dakota State University graduate within six years.

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Academic Options Yes No Note
Accelerated Degree Program
Transfer Credits Accepted
AP Credit Accepted
IB Credits Accepted
Summer Classes Available
New Student Orientation

Reminder: South Dakota State University may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.

Which Courses Do I Have To Take At South Dakota State University?

South Dakota State University has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement, but there is a math and science requirement.

Students do not have to take a computer class.

Course Required?
2nd Language No
Math Yes
Science Yes
Computer No

Reminder: Check with South Dakota State University directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.

Majors at South Dakota State University

When choosing a major, South Dakota State University students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at South Dakota State University. Students must choose one of the majors offered by the college. Self-designed majors are not allowed. South Dakota State University false.South Dakota State University offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.

NOTE: Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.

Frequently Asked Questions About South Dakota State University

Does South Dakota State University Have Services For Students With Disabilities?

🟨 Check with South Dakota State University directly for information on any possible available services for students with disabilities.

Does South Dakota State University Have An Online Program?

✅ South Dakota State University true for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does South Dakota State University Give Credit for AP Classes?

✅ South Dakota State University true Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does South Dakota State University Have An Honors Program?

✅ South Dakota State University true for highly-qualified applicants, but false. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at South Dakota State University.

Does South Dakota State University Require Internships?

🟨 South Dakota State University does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.

Additional Information About South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University Library

The main library on campus is the Hilton. M. Briggs Library.

Dual Degree Programs at South Dakota State University

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

South Dakota State University offers these dual degree programs:

•3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with Civil Engineering; Engineering; Mechanical Engineering

•3-2 dual degree program in nursing with Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader Specialization; Nursing - Nurse Administrator Specialization; Nursing - Nurse Educator Specialization

•Architecture; Athletic Training; Biological Sciences; Computer Science; Data Science; Economics; Geography; Human Biology; Mathematics; Nutrition & Dietetics; Professional Science; Statistics


What is ROTC?

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Does South Dakota State University have any ROTC programs?

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

South Dakota State University has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at South Dakota State University include:

•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus

•an Air Force branch unit on campus

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