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

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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