South Dakota State University


SDSU’s online colleges ranked 2nd this year by Guide to Online Schools’ 2013 Online College Rankings (photo courtesy of rubey_kay on flickr).

South Dakota State University is located in Brookings, South Dakota and is the largest university in the state. Established in 1881, SDSU currently enrolls over 22,000 students in 175 fields of study. In addition, it is currently ranked as one of the top research universities in the Midwest with notably in the fields of biological science, agricultural science, and engineering.

Distance Education

SDSU currently offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, and Master’s degree programs 100% online in the following majors:

Associate Degrees

Bachelor Degrees

Master Degrees

Certificate Programs

Ready Adult

Ready Adult is SDSU’s set of classes and programs available for adult and returning students. Created to assist learners reach their educational goals and housed in attendance centers, ready Adult offers assistance with the following:


Admissions and Enrollment

Paying for College

Student Services

Why SDSU Online?

Aside from the plethora of online degree programs and low tuition, SDSU’s online colleges ranked second in the nation on Guide to Online Schools’ 2013 Online College Rankings. In addition, the university’s research has resulted in many notable schievements:

  • The first on-campus research facility for ethanol fuel
  • The invention of the Briggs & Stratton internal-combustion engine
  • The development of the IBM 360 computer
  • The founding of Daktronics, Inc.
  • The creation of Cookies and Cream ice cream
  • The design of the Lewis and Clarke Regional Water System

Professional Development and Personal Enrichment

Not looking to enroll in a complete degree or certificate program? That’s okay. SDSU also offers workshops, continuing education units, a learning institute, and reading programs for both children and adults to further develop both personally and academically.

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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