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South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher-education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2021 enrollment of 11,465, with students coming from 47 states and 66 countries. Students can choose from 86 majors, 38 specializations, 101 minors, 37 master’s degree programs, 16 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. The university also offers courses at various off-campus sites as well as undergraduate and graduate programs online through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.
- College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
- College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Education and Human Sciences
- College of Natural Sciences
- College of Nursing
- College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
- Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering
- Graduate School
- Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College
- University Authorization
A public, land-grant institution, SDSU was founded in 1881, authorized by the Dakota Territorial Legislature and is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU was established and linked to the university in 1887 under the federal Hatch Act to conduct research that “concerns agriculture and the home.” In 1914, SDSU Extension was added by the Smith-Lever Act to “provide information to the people of the State.” Both the Agricultural Experiment Station and SDSU Extension are administered by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.
- Jackrabbit Athletics
The SDSU Jackrabbits compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level in all sports, including the Football Championship Subdivision. Jackrabbits teams play in The Summit League, with the exception of football, wrestling and equestrian. SDSU is a member of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Big XII Conference as an affiliate member for wrestling.
- Community at a Glance
Named by Your Local Security as the safest campus in South Dakota (2019–21), Brookings (pop. 23,938) is just 55 miles north of Sioux Falls on Interstate 29,200 miles from Minneapolis and 400 miles east of Rapid City and the Black Hills. Students from communities in Nebraska, North Dakota and Iowa also find SDSU within an easy day’s drive.
- Enrollment - Fall 2021
Total Enrollment - 11,465
Fall 2021 enrollment showed the incoming first-time freshmen class recorded an average high school GPA of 3.5, and 37.2% of the class registered scores of 24 or higher on the ACT.
Enrollment By Level Undergraduate 9,717 85% Graduate 1,406 12% Professional 342 3% Total 11,465 100% Gender Female 6,404 55.9% Male 5,046 44% Not Reported 15 0.1% Total 11,465 100% Race/Ethnicity Nonresident Alien 589 5.1% Hispanic/Latino 294 2.6% American Indian or Alaska Native 130 1.1% Asian 134 1.2% Black or African American 207 1.8% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 5 0.1% White 9,677 84.4% Two or More Races 235 2.0% Race and ethnicity unknown 194 1.7% Total 11,465 100% Residency South Dakota Residents 6,330 55.2% Other States 4,546 39.7% International 589 5.1% Total 11,465 100%
- Enrollment Breakdown - Fall 2021
Enrollment by Area Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences 1,575 13.7% Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 2,024 17.7% Education and Human Sciences 2,775 24.2% Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering 1,324 11.6% Natural Sciences 659 5.7% Nursing 1,202 10.5% Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions 521 4.5% Graduate School 1,385 12.1% Total 11,465 100%
- Unduplicated headcount with multiple majors being prorated
- Includes nondegree-seeking students [↵2]
- Includes Doctor of Nursing Practice [↵3]
- Includes Doctor of Pharmacy [↵4]
- Student General Information
General Information Student : Faculty Ratio FY 2020 18.9 : 1 Graduate Student Assistants (Fall 2020) 452 Retention Rate
(Fall 2020 bachelor's cohort)
- Graduates - 2020–2021
Graduates By Degree Type Associate degrees 91 3.8% Bachelor's degrees 1,850 77.4% Master's degree 314 13.1% Doctor of Philosophy 58 2.4% Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Nursing Practice 78 3.3% Total 2,523 100%
- Financial Aid for New Students - 2020–2021
Full-time, First-year Students Full-time, First-year Students 2,023 Percent receiving financial aid 94.02% Average award (including loans) $11,059 Percent receiving institutional scholarships 70.29% Average scholarship award $2,996 South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship New recipients (Fall 2020) 412 Total number of recipients (Fall 2020) 1,386 Average Award Graduate and Undergraduate $11,434
- Estimated Costs of Attendance - 2021–2022
Undergraduate, Resident (30 credits) Tuition and Fees $9,299 Room and Board $7,240 Undergraduate, Nonresident (30 credits) Tuition and Fees $12,809 Room and Board $7,240 Graduate, Resident (24 credits) Tuition and Fees $9,384 Graduate, Nonresident (24 credits) Tuition and Fees $16,918 Graduate Assistant (24 credits) Tuition and Fees $1,220
Faculty & Staff
- Full-Time Equivalent Employees - 2021–2022
Employees Numbers Faculty 622.81 Administration 71.92 Professional 698.41 Support Staff 641.27 Total 2,034.41
- Rank of Faculty (Full Time, Permanent) - Fall 2020
Faculty Rank Professor 145 Associate Professor 111 Assistant Professor 119 Instructor 75 Lecturer 80 Total 530
Graduate Numbers Total Graduates (Through May 2021) 86,105 Alumni Living in South Dakota 41,279 Alumni living in USA but not South Dakota 43,943 Alumni living out of USA 883
- Physical Plant - FY2022
Physical Plant Stats Central campus location (maintained) 400.69 acres Additional acres, including 6 research farms 10,442.21 acres Buildings 161 Building space maintained 4,132,082 sq. ft. Replacement value of buildings $1,183,558,994 Residence hall capacity (Fall 2020) 4,488 students
- SDSU Foundation (Calendar Year 2020)
SDSU Foundation expenditures Expenditures to support university programs $26,168,235 Expenditures per student FTE - Fall 2020 $2,829.45
- Operating Budget Authority By Agency - FY2022
Operating Budget University Proper $249,220,665 81% Agriculture Experiment Station $40,394,492 13% SDSU Extension $18,500,613 6% Total $308,115,770 100%
- Operating Budget Authority - FY2022
Operating Budget Breakdown Instructional Support $142,605,897 46.2% Research (including AES) $54,023,022 17.5% Public Service (including SDSU Extension) $30,163,218 9.8% Institutional Support $23,589,979 7.7% Operations and Maintenance of Plant $29,899,360 9.7% Scholarships and Fellowships $5,145,397 1.7% Auxiliary Enterprises (Res. Life, Food Service, Bookstore) $22,679,897 7.4% Total $308,115,770 100%
- Operating Budget Authority By Source of Funds - FY2022
Source of Funds State Funds $75,985,697 25% Student Tuition & Fees $101,807,635 33% Federal Grants & Contracts/Fed Appropriations $41,386,246 13% Room & Board $17,735,070 6% Other Funds Including General Sales of
Commodities & Services
$71,201,122 23% Total $308,115,770 100%
The Division of Research and Economic Development works closely with university researchers, business leaders and other sponsors to promote faculty expertise aimed at solving real-world problems in society and industry. The university has positioned itself as a leader in agriculture and precision agriculture, remote sensing and life sciences. The research enterprise also capitalizes on expertise in digital technology related to agriculture and resource management.
Total Research Expenditures — FY2021 - $51,539,655.01
- Research Highlights
1,618 graduate students, most of whom are engaged in faculty research, are enrolled in 37 master’s degree programs, 16 doctoral programs and two professional programs in seven colleges.
Faculty provide scientific leadership in three state research centers: the Center for Drug, Disease and Delivery; the Center for Biologics Research and Commercialization; and Biosystems Networks and Translational Research (BioSNTR). In addition, SDSU researchers play a key role in the South Dakota Biofilm Science and Engineering Center, the South Dakota Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage and the South Dakota Center for Understanding and Disrupting the Illicit Economy.
SDSU is home to the North Central Regional Sun Grant Center, Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence and the Ethel Austin Martin Program in Human Nutrition.
POET Bioproducts Institute, located in the Research Park at South Dakota State University, will bring together researchers from SDSU and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and industry partners to transition bench scale research in bioprocessing and bioproducts to the marketplace. The lab will focus on biomaterials and specialty animal feeds.
Precision agriculture brings together researchers from computer science, statistics, engineering, remote sensing and agriculture, as well as industry partners to increase the profitability and sustainability of agriculture.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved in research through the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Day, the South Dakota Legislative Poster Session, and through the Journal of Undergraduate Research. Students in the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College conduct original research as part of their graduation requirements.
- SDSU Extension
South Dakota State University is home to SDSU Extension, the outreach arm for South Dakota’s 1862 land-grant university. SDSU Extension provides unbiased, scientific knowledge and innovative educational strategies to the citizens of South Dakota. Core educational programs are offered in the areas of:
- Competitive Crop Systems
- Competitive Livestock Systems
- 4-H Youth Development
- Community Development
- Food and Families
- Rural and Urban Initiatives
- Native American Outreach
SDSU Extension faculty, field specialists and 4-H youth program advisers are based on the campus of SDSU, at SDSU West River Research and Extension in Rapid City, at one of our SDSU Extension Regional Centers (Aberdeen, Lemmon, Mitchell, Pierre, Sioux Falls, Watertown or Winner), at one of the tribal extension offices on the Rosebud, Pine Ridge or Cheyenne River Indian Reservations or at county extension offices throughout the state. The virtual office of SDSU Extension can be accessed at SDSU Extension.
- SDSU Extension Operation Budget Authority, FY 2022
Operation Budget of SDSU Extension State Funds $9,161,192 49% Federal Funds $6,816,738 37% Other/Local Funds $2,522,683 14% Total $18,500,613 100% SDSU Extension Stats Number of Regional Extension Centers 8 Number of Field Specialists 42.45 FTE
South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station
- Agricultural Experiment Station
South Dakota State University is home to the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Faculty scientists carry out research on campus and at seven stations strategically located across the state. New discoveries are made available to the people of South Dakota, commodity groups and industry through the educational programs of SDSU Extension. Agricultural Experiment Station research programs directly support student education in the colleges of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences;Natural Sciences;Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and Education and Human Sciences.
Seventy-two percent of the S.D. Agricultural Experiment Station resources are directed to five critical issues that are vital for South Dakota and the region:
- Regenerative Livestock Systems (18%);
- Regenerative Agronomic Systems (21%);
- Natural Resources and Environmental Systems (14%);
- Food Systems, Nutrition, Health and Well-Being (9%); and
- Family Youth and Communities (9%).
- Agricultural Experiment Station Operating Budget Authority, FY 2022
Operating Budget of Agricultural Experiment Station State Funds $13,757,446 34% Federal Funds $11,345,323 28% Other / Local Funds $15,291,723 38% Total $40,394,492 100%
South Dakota Board of Regents
- Board of Regents
- Brian Maher, Executive Director
- John W. Bastian, President
- Pam Roberts, Vice President
- Jim Thares, Secretary
- Joan Wink
- Barb Stork
- Tony Vanhuizen
- Jeff Partridge
- Tim Rave
- Brock Brown, Student Regent
SDSU Executive Officers
- Executive Officers
- Barry H. Dunn, Ph.D., President
- Dennis Hedge, Pharm.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Michaela Willis, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
- Tracy Greene, J.D.
Vice President and General Counsel
Vice President, Human Resources
- Mike Holbeck, Ph.D.
Vice President, Finance and Budget
- David Overby
Vice President for Technology and Safety
- Daniel Scholl, DVM, Ph.D.,
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
- Karyn Weber, Chief of Staff