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South Dakota State University Company Information

  • Brookings
  • 57006
  • South Dakota
  • United States


South Dakota State University (SDSU) was established in Brookings, South Dakota, in 1881. Today, it is the state>s largest and most comprehensive public institution of higher learning. SDSU is designated as a Carnegie Research University-High Intensity, it competes in Division I athletics, and it is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The campus is home to more than 12,550 students—approximately 10,800 undergraduate, 1,250 graduate, and 400 professional—who pursue degrees in Colleges of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, Jerome J. Lohr Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Graduate School. Approximately 59% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 36% are residents of other states, and 5% are residents of other countries. SDSU is the state>s land-grant institution; as such, it provides extension services to South Dakota. Currently, the university works to add selectively to its doctoral-program offerings, and expand curricula that it offers collaboratively through South Dakota>s consortium of six public universities. SDSU has 578 full-time permanent faculty members—190 professors, 111 associate professors, 141 assistant professors, 124 instructors, and 12 lecturers—to achieve excellence in research, scholarship, teaching and outreach. Student-faculty ratios are low, and research expenditures, which totaled nearly $68.7 million in fiscal year 2012, continue to grow. The university>s vision to champion the public good through engaged learning, bold and innovative research and creative activities, and stewardship within a global society informs the university>s current strategic plan, Impact 2018. The plan establishes four goals for the university to achieve through 2018: (1) promote academic excellence through quality programs, engaged learners, and an innovative teaching and learning environment; (2) generate new knowledge, encourage innovations, and promote artistic and creative works that contribute to the public good and result in social, cultural or economic development for South Dakota, the region, nation and world; (3) extend the reach and depth of the university by developing strategic programs and collaborations; and (4) secure human and fiscal resources to ensure high performance through enhanced financial management and governance systems.

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