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South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

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About This Campus

South Dakota State University was founded as a land-grant institution in 1881. For more than 135 years, SDSU has maintained an outstanding reputation for providing a quality education to students from all 49 states and 84 foreign countries. SDSU is the largest university in South Dakota with an enrollment of 12,107 students. The 360-acre campus is the most beautiful and spacious in South Dakota. SDSU offers over 175 academic programs to choose from and over 200 clubs and organizations to get involved with while attending the university. SDSU is located in Brookings, a community of 23,225 in the farmland of eastern South Dakota. The city of Brookings provides its residents with many outdoor activities including hunting, camping, fishing, and cross country skiing. When in South Dakota, you must experience the western part of the state and see the scenic Black Hills, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and the famous Wall Drug Store

Location Information

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 23,225. The city is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of 153,888. Brookings is on the eastern part of the state.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Brookings
Population | 23,225
Enrollment | 12,107
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 8/26-12/18
Spring | 1/13-5/8

Campus Diversity

White | 83%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 2%
Other | 7%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Nursing Pharmacy

Notable Academic Programs

  • Computer Science
  • Apparel/Fashion Merchandising
  • Architecture
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Economics

Unique Academic Programs

  • Horticulture
  • American Indian Studies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management
  • Aviation Studies

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Aerospace Sciences: Aviation Studies

Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Journalism, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Dairy Science/Management, Horticulture, Veterinary Medicine

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Visual Arts

Athletics: Athletic Training

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Wildlife Biology

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Writing/Editing

Consumer and Family Studies: Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Studies, Home Economics

Economics: Economics

Education: Early Childhood, Health Education, Human Development, Junior High/Middle School, Secondary Education

Engineering: Agricultural Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering

English: English

Environmental Studies: Environmental Management, Fisheries Science, Range Management/Resources, Wildlife Biology/Science

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Merchandising

Food Science: Food Science, Food Services Management, Nutrition

General Studies: Liberal Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography

Health and Safety Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science, Dietetics, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hotel/Restaurant Management

Industrial Studies: Construction Management, Industrial Management

Information Studies: Computer Science

Languages: French, German, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Music, Music Business/Merchandising, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Recreation

Sociology/Social Work: Human Services, Social Work, Sociology

Technology: Electronics Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/22/19.
  • Estimated cost: $4460.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 19 ($256 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19 ($256 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/22/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $20.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $75.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Activity Fee $47.25 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $157 Year Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Some majors require additional discipline fees. More information can be found on the Tuition & Fees By Major page on the SDSU website.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003471

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/22/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 33% living on campus
  • Double: $2500
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus:
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1648 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
The 100 Block meal plan gives you 100 block meals to use for the entire semester at our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall Larson Commons, in addition to $843.58 Flex Dollars. The 50 Block meal plan gives you 50 block meals to use for the entire semester at our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall Larson Commons, in addition to $1086.50 Flex Dollars.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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