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 2017 enrollment of 12,527, with students coming from every state and over 90 countries. Students can choose from 80 majors, 35 specializations, 87 minors, 36 master’s degree programs, 15 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.
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 and Biological Sciences.
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.
Named by Safewise as the safest college town in America in 2016, Brookings (pop. 23,895) 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.
Research lies at the heart of South Dakota State’s land-grant mission. In 2014, South Dakota State was designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, North America’s oldest higher-education association. Only 54 institutions hold this honor.
Highlights of SDSU research and academic programs include:
- Nearly 1,300 graduate students are enrolled in 50 graduate programs offered in six colleges. That includes 985 master’s students and 303 doctoral students.
- Faculty lead research through programs such as the Sun Grant Initiative, the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence and Biosystems Networks and Translational Research (BioSNTR), a statewide collaborative center.
- During the last five years, the Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization has averaged 39 invention disclosures, 15 patents filed, 214 agreements executed, nine licenses and more than $2.45 million in royalties and revenue per year.
- Industry partnerships through the Research Park at South Dakota State University enable technology transfer and stimulate economic development, including the opening of the General Mills oat research laboratory and the expansion of Novita Nutrition, an animal nutrition company.
Total Research Expenditures — FY2016 ---- $60,676,138
South Dakota State University is home to SDSU Extension, the outreach arm for South Dakota’s land-grant university. SDSU Extension strives to serve as the indispensable outreach link to the citizens of South Dakota by providing solutions, creating entrepreneurial opportunities and providing educational processes that use scientific knowledge. 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 the West River Ag Center in Rapid City, at one of eight SDSU Extension Regional Centers (Aberdeen, Lemmon, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, 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 atiGrow.org.
SDSU Extension Operating Budget Authority, FY2018 ----- $16,674,423
South Dakota 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 and Biological Sciences and Education and Human Sciences.
Eighty-five percent of the S.D. Agricultural Experiment Station resources are directed to five knowledge areas that are critical for South Dakota and the region:
- Plant production and protection (34%);
- Animal production and protection (31%);
- General, forest and range natural resources (10%);
- Nonfood products (4%); and
- Soil (6%).
Agricultural Experiment Station Operating
Budget Authority, FY2018 ----- $37,091,922
South Dakota Board of Regents
Michael G. Rush, Executive Director, CEO
Bob Sutton, President
Kevin Schieffer, Vice President
John W. Bastian, Secretary
Conrad Adam, Student Regent
SDSU Executive Officers
Barry H. Dunn, Ph.D., President
Dennis Hedge, Pharm.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Wesley Tschetter, MBA, Vice President for Finance and Business/CFO
Michaela Willis, Ph.D.,Vice President for Student Affairs
Daniel Scholl, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Michael Adelaine, Ph.D., Vice President for Information Technology and Safety
Tracy Greene, University Legal Counsel
Karyn Weber, Chief of Staff