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Returning and Adult Learners

Imagine. Grow. Go Further. 

At South Dakota State University, we understand going back to school is a challenge. Responsibilities to family, work and financial obligations seemingly place higher education beyond your reach. However, with a wide variety of programs, delivery options and student resources, finishing your degree has never been easier.
You can do it! We are here to help. 

Step 1: Discover SDSU’s Convenient Programs for Busy Adults

SDSU offers a range of online programs perfect for your degree completion goals. The Associate of Arts in General Studies and the Bachelor of General Studies are designed to provide the ultimate flexibility necessary as a busy adult while maintaining academic integrity.

View our full portfolio of online undergraduate program offerings

Don’t let us just tell you how flexible and accommodating these programs are, hear from SDSU Alumni!

Step 2: Connect with an Adviser

We get it; that first step is hard. We are here to help you explore your options to start or finish your degree through SDSU. Contact us and we can review your course history, transfer credits and explore the programs that will help you reach your goal in a timely and cost-effective manner.

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"I put off getting my bachelors because I wasn't sure I wanted to spend the money nor time. I researched A LOT of options, I could not believe how affordable SDSU was! Fate aligned when I received Aimee Maher as my adviser and the rest is history.” 
Casee R., Bachelor of General Studies

Step 3: Resume Your Education 

You have goals and dreams!  We can help you achieve them. Complete the online application to resume your education.

Start when you are ready.

Important Factors for Consideration


Understanding the cost and options available to finance your education is important. Here are some resources to help you get started:

Check with your employer for education benefits.

Transfer Credits.

SDSU accepts credits from other regionally accredited institutions of higher education. If you have credits outside of SDSU, please review the resources to determine how those credits may transfer.

Have you gained knowledge outside of the classroom, you may be able gain credit for this college-level learning through our Credit for Prior Learning options.

Career Services.

The Office of Career Development provides a number of resources to help with career exploration through FOCUS 2 Career, help in preparing for the job search, and access to Handshake to review open full-time, professional positions. Visit the Office of Career Development