Brookings, SD
South Dakota State University


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Recent Reviews

Melanie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents should be supportive of their children. I hear of too many parents with expectations that differ from their child's ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents should be supportive of their children. I hear of too many parents with expectations that differ from their child's own wishes, and this doesn't help anyone in the long run. Once children are this age, a parent can still guide and advise, but should do so lovingly and not force a certain school or a four-year university in general upon their child. Students, go TO college don't just go THROUGH college. Make the most of your time there because heaven knows you are probably paying for every second of it. You can make the most of your time by meeting people. There are so many great people surrounding you at college, and everyone is looking for friends, so it's easy to make great friendships. The tricks to doing this include: live in the dorms and keep your door open while you are home, talk to the people sitting around you in class, and finally join clubs with purposes you are passionate about. By doing these things, you are certain to meet people in similar situations and with similar interests to yours, so you can easily become lifelong friends!

What's unique about your campus?

The people are the best at SDSU. Most professors are passionate and really care about your learning. They want to see you succeed in your career more than I think they focus on their own research.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Caldwell Hall is really boring and the people living there typically don't socialize with one another. The other dorms are great.

Ashley
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the campus, if you can see yourself living there (not just studying) then it's the place for you.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the campus, if you can see yourself living there (not just studying) then it's the place for you.

What's unique about your campus?

I love the people. They're generally very welcoming and they've really become a family to me.

What kind of person should attend this school?

This school has a wide range of majors and minors and also a great general program if you're not quite sure what you want. I know someone that switched from mortuary science to early childhood education. It's very diverse in programs.

Bryce
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The combination of size, location, and cost is the most unique characteristic of SDSU. The school enrolls 12,000 students in...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The combination of size, location, and cost is the most unique characteristic of SDSU. The school enrolls 12,000 students in a 20,000 person town; it's the largest college in the state; it's the only Division One school in South Dakota; and it costs around ten thousand a year to be a full time student. The last unique characteristic of the school is the mascot: the jackrabbit. No other school in the country has that one!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find the perfect distance from home for the student. This often affects whether a student stays at the school or transfers elsewhere. Get involved in student organizations. This creates opportunities to meet people, add experience above classroom work, and even travel. Learn to be outgoing and don't just stick with friends from high school. The open nature a student will develop will reflect positively when he/she graduates and begins interviewing.

What's unique about your campus?

The size of the school! It is large enough to where a student won't know every face on campus, and can continually meet new intriguing people. But it is small enough that if a student becomes involved in campus organizations, he/she will feel like they are making an impact on the campus and community.

Kyle
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

South Dakota State University is a school that has the oppurtunities for an exciting social life as well as a excellent educa...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

South Dakota State University is a school that has the oppurtunities for an exciting social life as well as a excellent education.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choosing the right college for a student can be very difficult. There are may variables that play a role in this decision. Every college has something to offer its students both in education and socially. After completing four years of college and acquiring a bachelors degree in Construction Management i have the following advice for parents and/or students seeking to find the perfect college. In my opinion there are many factors that attibute to a full rounded educational experience. The first thing to look at is the curriculum offered by the college. The college should offer several courses and curriculums that the student has interest in. This will allow the student to change his or her degree if they so choose. I also believe social oppurtunities are an important factor in this decision. Many college towns offer a variety of activities for students. These activities can make or break the college experience. Social activities will allow the student to get away from the books for a short period of time and "recharge the batteries".

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The small town life style at a division one school. The job placement percentage for my specific program of study. Oppurtunities in career options.

Amy
Describe the students at your school.

In most classes my classmates are optimistic and helpful.

Describe the students at your school.

In most classes my classmates are optimistic and helpful.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the campuses you are interested in and go with your gut feeling. When you find one that just "feels right" thats the one you should choose.

What's unique about your campus?

The other students. Everyone is friendly and it is easy to make new friends on a daily basis. Everyone is also very willing to help with studies and making newcomers feel welcome.

Laurelle
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

SDSU is a fairly balanced school where faculty and staff are greatly involved in the learning process.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

SDSU is a fairly balanced school where faculty and staff are greatly involved in the learning process.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise students to choose a college that has a variety of options and a great support team. Obviously it is important for the college to have the desired major; however, it would be wise to choose a school that offers a variety of other majors. First of all, students change their minds and staying at the same university makes changes in majors easier. Secondly, students can meet others with diverse interests, and by having many friends, students become more well-rounded. Also, having great professors, advisors, and other on campus support makes the experience a great one! Without a support system, a new student could easily become overwhelmed and be less inclined to return to the same college. Also, as a last piece of advice, choose a school that will fulfill both the parents' and students' desires but that also does not cost an outrageous amount. Loans have to be paid back, and generally the fewer loans a student has, the better off they can be later in life.

What's unique about your campus?

I think the best thing at SDSU is teacher - student interaction. If I am made comfortable in a classroom by my teachers, I am more likely to enjoy the class, do well in it, and make new friends.

Bonnie
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

COWBOYS. This school is filled with tem. We have so much focused on farming, agriculture, equestrian, and all those sorts o...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

COWBOYS. This school is filled with tem. We have so much focused on farming, agriculture, equestrian, and all those sorts of things. In any given class you'll see about 25% in cowboy hats and boots.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Think it through, and don't decide too quickly. But remember: choosing the wrong school isn't the end of the world. And I think most students can adjust to the school they choose. Even if you choose the "wrong" school, it could end up being right. When choosing, focus on the things the school can offer academically. Most schools have similar extra-curiccular activities and student life, but academics can really vary from school to school. And most importantly, if it's not worth praying about; it's not worth worrying about.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The environment. Always windy and cold. Alot of people leave on the weekends.

Troy
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You need to do what your heart tells you, as cheesy as that may be, it is the truth! You only get to experience this opportun...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You need to do what your heart tells you, as cheesy as that may be, it is the truth! You only get to experience this opportunity once and it would be a shame to spend your time and money at place you aren't happy with. When I am asked about my college experience, I want a smile to come across my face because I will hopefully get to think back to all the great times I have had here at South Dakota State University. Also, I want to have the best option to excel in life and I believe SDSU gives that to me. So, in order for you to do this. You need to make the right choice of choosing a school that you think will help you get the most out of your educational, and social experience. Enjoy the ride!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Here at SDSU, I do not like that so many people do leave on the weekends, if that were different, I believe it would make our campus more fun and appealing to future students. The food programs are not healthy enough (for my standards), not to mention expensive. Housing situations and the cost of them is ridiculous!!!!!!!!! But that is the same with any other school.

What kind of person should attend this school?

I believe this is a perfect school who is looking for a good nursing, engineering or agriculture education.. The health program is fairly solid as well.. I believe I am leaning towards the agriculture background and am very happy with my course work. Anyone with any desire to take these courses will like it here because they will be able to buckle down and focus if they have the right tools!

Krissa
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

We are well known for many things, hardworking , bright students, competative athletics, and compassionate involved students.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

We are well known for many things, hardworking , bright students, competative athletics, and compassionate involved students.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would suggest that every student visit all the campuses they are seriously considering. A visit can make a huge difference in your decision. Visiting gives you a sense of what the college is like and the type of environment. I was debating between two universities until i visited both. I felt instantly comfortable and at ease on the campus of SDSU where I currently attend school. The other college i had considered seemed unfriendly and to small when i visited in person.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

We need to focus more on becoming a "green campus". Also the books at the bookstore are ridiculously overpriced.

Jen
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

My school is unique in that the people who go here either love it or hate it. Most of the people who love it are from a small...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

My school is unique in that the people who go here either love it or hate it. Most of the people who love it are from a small town in South Dakota and most of the people who hate it are from a bigger city. Our campus is kind of split down the middle. One side is for the farmers and cowboys and the other is for the athletes and preps.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My main advice to both parents and students about choosing a college would be to not base your decision off money. I know it's very tempting if you get a scholarship offer and your parents are loving the reduced bill and you're excited to tell your friends you got a scholarship but in the end it may not be worth it. I'm not saying to go to a private college if you don't have the money and take out large student loans but you should remember that loans aren't necessarily a bad thing all the time. Also, my advice would be to put yourself out there and get involved. Although it may be scary, introduce yourself to new people. I took a chance last year and asked a girl in my biology class if she wanted to get lunch together and now she's one of my lifelong best friends. Know who you are as a person and expand on those traits. Try new things but be safe and don't forget who you are. College is your time to find yourself. Make every day count!

What kind of person should attend this school?

From my personal experience, I feel that a small town type of person should go here. If you like shopping malls, highways, restaurants, diverse activities and clubs to participate in such as hip-hop club, and things to do on the weekends, do not go to this school. If you don't mind seeing gravel roads and no trees, this is your place. Also, if you are a pharmacy, nursing or agriculture major from a small town, you will most likely like it here.

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