South Dakota Colleges and Universities

 

Colleges and Universities in South Dakota

South Dakota can be a fun place to live and study. Residents know it has more shoreline than Florida--partially due to the Missouri River flowing through the state and the lakes formed by retreating glaciers in the northeast--and that it has seven National Park Service sites. There's Mount Rushmore, of course, but also the lesser-known Badlands and Wind Cave. In this wide-open state, you'll still be able to find an urban vibe in places like Sioux Falls and Rapid City, and discovery history in the capital, Pierre. You can even go on hikes on La Framboise Island in the Missouri River near Pierre.

As for education, your options are as vast as the state. You can study health training, law, medicine and more at the University of South Dakota, located in Vermillion, or seek out schooling through universities, colleges, technical institutes or career-training centers. In less densely populated areas, online schools might be a convenient option, offering flexible scheduling and accessibility.

Since tourism is the second largest industry in the state, a degree program in marketing or hospitality management could give you a leg up in those fields. Or you might want to try to preserve the state's fresh air and natural setting through training in environmental sustainability, natural resources, or alternative energy resources.

Work and play: Finding a career in South Dakota

What fields can you enter to make a job for yourself in the state? Biotechnology is a growing sector with a cluster of businesses located in the southeast portion of the state. Tourism remains strong--South Dakota has continuously outpaced other areas in terms of tourist visits. Key industries in South Dakota, according to the Governor's Office of Economic Development, include bioscience, information technology and renewable energy.

Sample jobs and related mean annual wages in South Dakota, according to 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, include:

  1. Computer and information scientists managers: $102,330
  2. Conservation scientists: $57,300
  3. Environmental engineers: $68,150
  4. Geoscientists, $54,040
  5. Lodging managers: $47,030
  6. Marketing managers: $102,580
  7. Public relations and fundraising managers: $77,800

If Lewis and Clark could find adventure in the state when they traveled through in August, September and October 1804, imagine the adventures and opportunities that could be available to you!

See also: South Dakota Vocational Schools and Career Training

Directory of South Dakota Colleges & Universities

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Other Colleges & Universities in South Dakota

Augustana College
Sioux Falls, South Dakota www.augie.edu
Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology
Sioux Falls, South Dakota www.mckennan.org
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, South Dakota www.bhsu.edu
Dakota State University
Madison, South Dakota www.dsu.edu
Dakota Wesleyan University
MItchell, South Dakota www.dwu.edu
Kilian Community College
Sioux Falls, South Dakota www.kilian.edu
Lake Area Technical Institute
Watertown, South Dakota www.lakeareatech.edu
Mitchell Technical Institute
Mitchell, South Dakota www.mitchelltech.com
Mount Marty College
Yankton, South Dakota www.mtmc.edu
National American University - Rapid City
Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Ellsworth AFB, also campuses in other states. Information technology, business administration, applied management, accounting, general education www.national.edu
Northern State University
Aberdeen, South Dakota www.northern.edu
Oglala Lakota College
Kyle, Allen, Batesland, Manderson. Martin, Oglala, Pine Ridge, Porcupine, Rapid City, Wanblee, South Dakota www.olc.edu
Presentation College
Aberdeen, South Dakota www.presentation.edu
Sinte Gleska University
Mission, South Dakota www.sintegleska.edu
Sisseton Wahpeton College
Sisseton, South Dakota www.swc.tc
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Rapid City, South Dakota www.sdsmt.edu
South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota www.sdstate.edu
Southeast Technical Institute
Sioux Falls, South Dakota www.southeasttech.edu
University of Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, South Dakota www.usiouxfalls.edu
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, South Dakota www.usd.edu
Western Dakota Technical Institute
Rapid City, South Dakota www.wdt.edu