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South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is the largest university in the U.S. state of South Dakota, located in Brookings. A public land-grant university and sun grant college, founded under the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act, SDSU offers programs of study required by, or harmonious to, this Act. In step with this land-grant heritage and mission, SDSU has a special focus on academic programs in agriculture, engineering, nursing, and pharmacy, as well as the liberal arts.


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The university was founded in the Dakota Territory on February 21, 1881, as Dakota Agriculture College. The first building, with funding from the territorial legislature, was built in 1883, six years before the State of South Dakota was formed. Numerous expansions were funded in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The name was changed in 1904 to South Dakota State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts. In 1964, the name was changed to South Dakota State University, reflecting the more comprehensive education offered at the university. In 1923, SDSU's instructional program was organized under five divisions: Agriculture, Engineering, General Science, Home Economics, and Pharmacy. In 1956, a Nursing program was established, and in 1957 a formal graduate school was formed. When the University changed its name in 1964, the colleges were renamed Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Home Economics, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Graduate School. In 1974, the College of General Registration (now the College of General Studies) was formed. In 1975, the Division of Education was created. An Honors College was formed in 1999. Two colleges and seven departments combined in 2009 to create the College of Education and Human Sciences. The current names of these colleges are; Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, Engineering, General Studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Honors Colleges and the Graduate School.

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To produce nationally competitive students and research for the betterment of South Dakota.



Cleveland L. Abbott � long-time educator and coach at Tuskegee University; namesake of Tuskegee's Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium (football stadium) Gene Amdahl � architect of the IBM 360 (inventor, physicist and entrepreneur) Franklin J. Blaisdell � former U.S. Air Force general Todd Bouman - former quarterback for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. He transferred to St. Cloud State Stephen Foster Briggs � inventor of the Briggs & Stratton engine Raymond W. Carpenter � United States Army Major General and acting Director of the Army National Guard Colin Cochart - tight end for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals Tom Daschle � former Majority Leader of the United States Senate Rod DeHaven� 2000 Olympic Marathoner.U.S. Olympic Trials Champion William E. DePuy � U.S. Army general and first commander of TRADOC Harvey Dunn � American Painter David Gilbertson � chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court Steve Heiden � former tight end for the NFL's Cleveland Browns; formerly of San Diego Chargers Steve Hildebrand � Deputy National Campaign Director for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign Carole Hillard � former Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota Richard F. Kneip � former United States Ambassador to Singapore, former Governor of South Dakota Jim Langer � former Miami Dolphin and Super Bowl Winner, elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 Jerry Lohr � Founder and owner of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines Paul Miller - former halfback for the NFL's Green Bay Packers Kristi Noem � current US Congresswomen of South Dakota's at-large US House of Representatives district Josh Ranek � running back for the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos; formerly of Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Renegades Wayne Rasmussen - former defensive back for the NFL's Detroit Lions Pete Retzlaff � former 5 time pro-bowler for the Philadelphia Eagles and President of the NFL Players Association Mike Rounds � former Governor of South Dakota Vern L. Schramm � professor of biochemistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University Theodore Schultz � winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Economics Adam Timmerman � former guard for the NFL's St Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers 2-time Super Bowl winner Adam Vinatieri � 4 time super bowl winning kicker for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts Dale Moss - NFL receiver for the Chicago Bears Nate Wolters - NBA guard for the Milwaukee Bucks Dan Shue - CEO/ Owner of Onate Feed Inc. and renowned livestock nutritionist



260 Acres (110�Ha)