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For Prospective Students

Why should I choose Engineering at SDSU?

We could give you hundreds of reasons to choose engineering at SDSU. Let’s start with the top ten:

Discussion with faculty

ONE: Degree customization

The Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering offers 10 undergraduate programs and 14 graduate programs to choose from. At State, there are over 75 minors and certificates available to help you customize your degree even further.  The College of Engineering offers 14 minors.


Graduation March

TWO: Rigor/Academic Excellence

Lohr College of Engineering graduates are recognized worldwide for their outstanding educational credentials, competitive spirit and high work ethic. The SDSU Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering was ranked as having the 2nd highest growth rate in the nation for engineering degrees awarded from 2005-2008, and currently is 10th in the nation in Engineering Technology degrees awarded.

Connections with Employers - Sarah Venhuizen

THREE: Connections with Employers, Internships

SDSU is located in the heart of the I-29 corridor and South Dakota’s principal manufacturing and high tech industries. The faculty and programs of the College enjoy a close professional relationship with many of the local and regional employers of its graduates. Besides permanent employment in the region, there are many other opportunities for student including part-time technical work, student internships, and student research assistant positions.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

FOUR: Undergraduate Research Opportunities

As the state’s premier research institution, you’ll find that the opportunities for undergraduate research are many. Check out these links for additional information about research opportunities:

Experience the World - Engineers without Borders

FIVE: Experience the World

As an SDSU student, you’ll have access to over 150 study abroad programs in 50 countries.



Student Organizations - Formula Racecar

SIX: Student Organizations

With over 25 student organizations within the college, opportunities for service and experience abound.



Preparation for the Future -  Student Photo

SEVEN: Preparation for the Future

SDSU engineering graduates are employed in the areas of research, education, design, finance, field supervision, manufacturing, operations, sales, consulting and private practice, industry management and government service. Special employment opportunities also exist, from economic and industrial development of South Dakota to national and international employment opportunities. 

State of the Art Facilities

EIGHT: State-of-the-Art Facilities

The Lohr College of Engineering hosts some of the largest and most technologically advance educational resources in the region.



Life long Connections -  Dorm Life

NINE: Life-long Connections

First-year students have an opportunity to participate in the Engineering Living Learning Community. Located in Mathews Hall, participants will live and learn with other students interested in engineering fields. You will have the opportunity to study with your classmates, grow as a professional, and develop friendships with students who share similar goals.

Go Jackrabbits -  Student Basketball Athlete in action

TEN: Go Jackrabbits!

Division I athletics and numerous club activities are available to enjoy. Find out why it’s a great day to be a Jackrabbit:

Watch College of Engineering students talk about their experiences working at Daktronics, a local company that designs and manufactures electronic scoreboards and displays. 

Learn more about the programs featured in the video: Electronics Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering.