Brookings, SD
South Dakota State University


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Recent Reviews

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

I would say to guide you child but do not make the decision for them. This is their future and their life. It is their time...

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

I would say to guide you child but do not make the decision for them. This is their future and their life. It is their time and may be their money that they are putting in. This is one of the most important decisions that they have to make. Pressure from parents to go to one place over another just makes the process that much more difficult and sometimes the student ends up going somewhere they do not want to. In the end they do not like the place, have no fun and don't make friends all because they were trying to please someone other than themselves. I am not saying to not put your input in when they are deciding on the college or university, they will need guidance. But just know where to draw the line and let them decide. Make them tell you why they think this school is the right fit for them. That in return makes them think about why and lets you see how important or unimportant a school is to them. Get involved and don't hold back. School will be what they make of it, so go for it, be happy.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

someone who is outgoing and wants to be involved and likes meeting new people

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

We do not have enough parking and at the moment not enough workers in the cafeterias to keep up with how many students we have

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

You can make being only 30 minutes away from school as far away as you want. So don't let that bother you in making a decision about stay close, or going far away. But, don't be scared to go somewhere far away for college, even if you are really close to your family.. I went to a really close school, but wish I would have went to a bigger and more diverese school...

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

I wish I would have known that it wasn't a diverse school at all..

Emily
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for our alumni helping out our school, school spirit, and academic fields of Nursing and Engineering...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for our alumni helping out our school, school spirit, and academic fields of Nursing and Engineering. Also, we are known for having the nicest students and faculty around.

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

I would tell them to physically visit all of the schools and see which environments feel just right for them. Also, actually talk to faculty and students on campus to get a feel for the kind of people who attend the school. When sending in applications and other things to school, see how long it takes to get a reply, response, or help with your situation. Check out activities on campus, and see where businesses are located on and off campus for availability and location. All in all the person should feel welcome and comfotable around the school. Last but not least, definitely look at courses and try to decide on a major or decide which classes will help you best decide your career path. Maybe start by narrowing down schools by cost and financial aid opportunities. I myself struggle financially, so that would be a number one decision to make. Following these steps should give great direction in finding the perfect school.

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

I tell tham how awesome it is to get to know so many new people and develop relationships that are going to last a long time, being accepted by a lot of people, and it is academically steady.

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

Size is fairly large however, it is very easy to meet and get to know new people.

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

Size is fairly large however, it is very easy to meet and get to know new people.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person looking for choices when it comes to clubs, academics, etc but that appreciates a close learning environment

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

Visit the college first. And if you really like the college then you should go to it. Even if its pretty expensive i'd say ...

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

Visit the college first. And if you really like the college then you should go to it. Even if its pretty expensive i'd say go for it. You should be at a place where you want to be if your paying for your education. Get out and meet people in the first week of the first and second semester. That's really important.

What kind of person should attend this school?

If you like to farm and ranch then your more then welcome here.

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

It's not to big of a college but its not that small. The proffessors seem like they actually care about you and your school work.

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

The atmostphere is extremely friendly even people you do not know will stop and say hello on their way to class or other acti...

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

The atmostphere is extremely friendly even people you do not know will stop and say hello on their way to class or other activities.

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

To find the right college my first suggestion is tour and look around. Do not go where your significant other or older sibling attended you have to find the university that best fits you and your future plans. Be picky with what you like, this will be your home for at least four years. If money and location is an issue be sure to gather all the financial information fro each school so you can make fair and accurate choices. Once you start your university experience get and stay involved. It is proven that students who are active in their community are more likely to succeed and better enjoy their college experiece. Not only that but it creates a social network for you as well as builds your resume. Though studying is a large part of college you can make it fun but joining study groups and quizzing your friends. Locking yourself in your room for hours every day will not make you motivated to do your homework. Try different things and settle into a routine. Just be sure to allow this routine to flex as college iss about trying new things and defining who you will be for life.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The constant construction because of needs for expansion to meet enrollment needs.

Melissa
Describe the students at your school.

The students here are mostly white, christian, and alcoholics.

Describe the students at your school.

The students here are mostly white, christian, and alcoholics.

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

I chose SDSU because of the great price of in-state tuition, and to get away from my parents.

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

SDSU lacks in diversity. Most of the students here grew up in small towns on the midwestern plains.

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

Don't worry about trying to find the right major right away. There is a lot of pressure to decide the rest of your life in a ...

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

Don't worry about trying to find the right major right away. There is a lot of pressure to decide the rest of your life in a short time, but if you stress about that, you will not be able to think clearly about anything. Speak to your professors that you will be having before you take their classes. Also, if you are taking a class that stresses you to no end, I suggest trying to stick it out, but rethink your major. I struggled through two levels of a class and I was stressed the whole time just because I wanted the major that went along with the classes! BAD IDEA! Think about the career in the long run, go for the right reasons, (for example, not just salary).

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

It is a great opportunity to meet people, and I am there

Brandon
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

An agricultural based school.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

An agricultural based school.

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

Parents need to push their kids to go to college, but allow them to look into all their options. Parents need to make sure their kids are going to a school that they are happy with, not just because their parents wanted them to go there. Students need to look into colleges they are interest in, check out their campuses, and possibly even talk to a bit of faculty in their areas of interest. Things such as living quarters, class size, and availibilty of curriculm all difinitely need to be taken into consideration. Students need to put in the time and stay on top of their classes, because once you fall behind it is extermely difficult to catch up. It is allso very beneficial to be active in extra curricular groups or activities within their area of study. This allows students to meet others with common classes, as well as upper classmen who can give excellent advise to succeding in the field. Students need to be happy with what they are doing, or it will be very hard to succeed.

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

It is relatively close to my area so i knew pretty much everything i needed to know.

Ashley
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I feel our schools is best known for its schooling programs as well as school spirit. Our school is a very well known land gr...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I feel our schools is best known for its schooling programs as well as school spirit. Our school is a very well known land grant university that has many research areas involved. We have very strong medical programs offered on campus as well as numerous other majors. I feel our school spirit is outstanding. When you attend a game, you are flooded with blue and gold jackrabbits. No matter what color or creed, in the stadium we are all jackrabbits.

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

I feel there are a few vital points you need to look at when considering what university will be the best for you. The very first thing that should be considered is what programs are offered. If the student already is set on a major that would be the most important thing for them to find. If the school doesn't offer that specific program, then the best choice would be to look at other options. Secondly, the student needs to look at the size of the school. Size will play a huge role in your experience. The number of people can affect your learning and social life greatly. If you are somebody that doesn't like big groups then its important to find a smaller school. Also, its necessary that you take a tour of the campus before you make your final decision. The feel of the campus will let you know right away if you feel a part of it or not. It's so important that you feel at home on the campus and genuinely want to be there; you will be spending a lot of time there!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I feel that this school is focused primarily to students who are serious about their career choices. This school is not for a student who isn't willing to put for the effort or time into their studies. This school challenges you to do your best and you must push yourself to go the extra length. A person who isn't willing to expose themselves to new ideas or people would not do well at this school, as it is blessed with many different cultures and values.

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