The land-grant heritage of South Dakota State University, which began with a college founded in 1881, originates from local and national legislation dating back to 1862. The Morrill Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Abraham Lincoln in July of that year, embodied a revolutionary idea in higher education.


South Dakota State University (SDSU) is building a future for South Dakota, the nation, and the globe. SDSU's primary land-grant mission is to create opportunities for our state through research and education. Research has been a vital part of SDSU since 1887 with the creation of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.

Since that time, SDSU has been the reliable resource for research-based information and community leadership. Today, research provides a solid knowledge base for economic development, academic programs, and experiential opportunities for students.


South Dakota State University and all the institutions within the South Dakota Board of Regents system use an online, shared employment system that allows users to browse and apply for openings online.

Short Courses

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Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)

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Student services

It’s a simple fact in college: you can’t do it alone. At SDSU, we understand that there will be times when our students need help. And for that we’re happy to provide a variety of services. Whether you’re looking for an on-campus job or legal advice, computer support, or just someone to talk to, we’ve got what you need and more.Student Services are here to give you the information you need to find the help you want. Check out the links to the left to discover just how many different services we offer our students.

Housing services

Living on campus is a jumpstart to students' learning and growth during their college careers at SDSU; residential students have everything they need to live, learning, and succeed conveniently located. Residence halls include furnished rooms, lounge areas, kitchens and laundry facilities.

Library services

Hilton M. Briggs Library

The Hilton M. Briggs Library is a 21st century learning and research center that inspires academic excellence, creative scholarship, student engagement, and lifelong curiosity.

Medical services

The Student Health Clinic is located in the Wellness Center at South Dakota State University. They are specialized in college health. They are offering high quality primary care services. They understand today's college students and are committed to assisting with your healthcare needs.

Student Life

Campus life

Cheer on the Jacks in Frost Arena at a Division I basketball game or join a pick-up game in the new Wellness Center. Scoop up some homemade ice cream at the Dairy Bar or grab a cuppa joe at one of four Java City coffee shops on campus. Indulge your sophisticated side with a symphonic concert at the Performing Arts Center or shoot some pool in Jacks Place.Or, if you just want to chill, curl up in front of the fire with a good book at the Union. That’s our student center—the “living room” of campus—and it just got a $10 million extreme makeover.

Sports facilities

South Dakota State University has over 200 recognized Student Organizations. A complete list of these organizations, their purpose, and contact information is maintained by the Office of Student Activities. This list is also published annually and can be obtained from their office in the Union.

  • Bowling Club
  • Cricket Club
  • Fishing Club
  • Men's Hockey (Jackrabbit Hockey Club)
  • Men's Lacrosse Club (Jacks Lax)
  • Men's Rugby
  • Men's Soccer Club
  • Paintball Club
  • Rock Climbing Club
  • SDSU Baseball Club
  • SDSU Men's Club Volleyball Team
  • SDSU Nordic Ski Team
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Women's Hockey Club
  • Women's Rugby Club

Student clubs

  • African Students' Association
  • American Indian Student Association
  • Bangladeshi Student Association
  • Black Student Alliance (BSA)
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
  • Christian Campus Ministry
  • Equip Campus Ministries
  • Fire Starters


South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:

  • Dedicated faculty and staff
  • Quality new facilities
  • Excellent student leadership
  • Shared governance
  • Partnerships with local community
  • Robust and Integrated assessment program

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

Brookings, South Dakota, United States

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