South Dakota, a constituent state of the United States of America is named after the Dakota Sioux people. South Dakota became the 40th state of the union on November 2, 1889. The state has two unique physical features: it contains the geographic center of the United States, which is located just north of Belle Fourche, and it has its continental divide, because of which Lake Traverse, in the southeastern corner of the state, flows northward to Hudson Bay, and Big Stone Lake, on the Minnesota border, flows southward to the Gulf of Mexico. South Dakota is bordered by North Dakota to the north, Minnesota, and Iowa to the east, Nebraska to the south, and Wyoming and Montana to the west. The state is split by the upper Missouri River valley into eastern and western regions. Pierre, in central South Dakota, is one of the country’s smallest state capitals.
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South Dakota has a fairly robust higher education system. The principal state-run higher-educational institutions are the University of South Dakota in Vermillion (1862) and South Dakota State University in Brookings (1881). The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City (1885) is a specialty school for students pursuing science and engineering careers. Private liberal-arts colleges include Augustana College (1860) in Sioux Falls, the University of Sioux Falls (1883), Dakota Wesleyan University (1885) in Mitchell, Presentation College (1922) in Aberdeen, and Mount Marty College (1936) in Yankton. There are also many religious academies, vocational schools, and community colleges.
Established by the Dakota Territory legislature in 1862, The University of South Dakota is a public research university in Vermillion, South Dakota. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,103 (fall 2020), and the setting is Rural. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.
South Dakota State University is a public institution that was founded in 1881. South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities, and research, innovation, and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,976 (fall 2020), its setting is rural, and the campus size is 387 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.
In 1881, Dakota State University was founded as a school for teacher education, in the Dakota Territory. Though we have since shifted our primary focus of education to the cyber world, Dakota State remains one of the few universities in the nation, which provides students with the technology needed to excel in any career. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,740 (fall 2020), its setting is rural, and the campus size is 62 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.
Founded in 1883, the University of Sioux Falls, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a Christian, Liberal Arts University affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. USF is an independent, not-for-profit institution. Dedicated faculty intentionally integrate faith and learning, helping students to discover their career calling and preparing them to serve God and humankind. With a 99% placement rate, its alumni live out USF’s Culture for Service motto in their professions, families, and communities. For adult learners driven to fulfill their dreams, USF offers online and on-campus adult and graduate programs to help individuals finish their degrees or earn advanced degrees.
Founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the region’s primary industry, mining, today South Dakota Mines has evolved into one of the leading science and engineering universities in the region. The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (South Dakota Mines) is committed to excellence in science and engineering academics and research, and to developing the next generation of leaders and problem-solvers. The university offers a wide array of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
Dakota Wesleyan University is a private institution that was founded in 1885. As an inclusive educational community, Dakota Wesleyan University provides a transformative learning experience that cultivates enduring intellectual growth, ethically grounded leadership, intentional faith exploration, and meaningful service. DWU is a place where you can grow intellectually and ethically, where you can find, apply, and grow your innate strengths. DWU offers not only a transformative learning experience but a safe place to explore your faith and find meaning in community and service. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 781 (fall 2020), its setting is rural, and the campus size is 55 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.
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