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South Dakota Colleges and Universities

As a student, you may have read about people like Lewis and Clark, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Crazy Horse, and Wild Bill. What do they have in common? For starters, they are part of the cultural history that makes
South Dakota colleges an adventurous place to call home for your higher education.

If you're considering schooling in universities in South Dakota, you'll find many opportunities to bring your history textbooks to life by visiting areas that bring out the state's rich tradition and heritage. Your first stop should be the enormous, most famous sculpture in the country, located at Mount Rushmore. When you look upon the faces of great American presidents -- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln -- how could you not be inspired to achieve greatness through education at South Dakota universities? At 500-feet high, the 60-foot faces watch over the landscape and serve as a reminder to think big.

But South Dakota's vastness doesn't end in the Black Hills. Take a break from the books once in a while to visit some of the 100+ museums and cultural centers that help illustrate and preserve the state's culture and history.

What also makes the state thrive, however, are the educated professionals who make up the state's labor force. South Dakota has four technical institutes and six public colleges or universities, comprised of over 35,000 students.

Now more than ever, the states economy is depending on talented and technologically savvy professionals from universities in South Dakota. In fact, in the last decade, millions of dollars in funding has been put into the state's four technical institutes in order to help them incorporate advanced technology into all training programs.

In addition, South Dakota universities and South Dakota colleges work closely with the state's corporations, organizations, and small businesses to help train and educate the hard-working students who will one day be employed in the state. Courses and curricula are always being improved and added to help prepare students for the workforce.

If you'd like to have a unique learning experience, explore South Dakota colleges and universities today. Here's a quick look...

Number of South Dakota Colleges and Universities: 26

Cool Events Abound at Universities in South Dakota

  • Free and public concert choirs perform at South Dakota universities.

  • South Dakota colleges and universities host and sponsor robot competitions.

  • Speakers are invited to attend universities in South Dakota to speak during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week and other important dates.

  • Homecoming events bring back alums young and old to reminisce and support the athletes of South Dakota universities.

  • Students at South Dakota universities are encouraged to attend several job fairs throughout the state.


  • Financial Aid for Students at South Dakota Colleges
    State Aid Agency: Department of Education and Cultural Affairs
    College Prepaid/Savings Program: South Dakota College Access 529

    Popular College Majors
    Health and Allied Services, Social Sciences and History, Engineering and Engineering Technologies, and Biological Sciences.
    Source: College Bound Seniors 2005, The College Board

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