South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences

Brookings, SD

Founded in 1881

"Hands-on learning and first-hand experience."

Small Town





Acceptance Rate

$8,840 / $12,230

Tuition In-state / Out-of-state


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South Dakota State University is the state’s largest and most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs. Our students get a personal, practical education on a vibrant campus with faculty that are engaged — not only in the classroom — but also throughout campus. Flexible academic programs provide hands-on learning with professional experiences through internships, study abroad and the experiential learning today’s students seek. We prepare students to make a difference in the world! 

The value of SDState is found in excellent academics, affordability through value-driven tuition and scholarship opportunities and a campus community that creates Jackrabbits for life. In addition to South Dakota residents, children of alumni and new students from Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, and Colorado qualify for the in-state tuition rate. And Minnesota students qualify for a lower out-of-state reciprocity rate.

Agricultural Degrees Offered

  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Sciences
  • Conservation Planning and Park Management
  • Dairy Manufacturing
  • Dairy Production
  • Ecology and Environmental Science
  • Food Science
  • Horticulture
  • Natural Resource Law Enforcement
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Rangeland Ecology and Management
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
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Total Enrollment: 10,390

Agricultural Students: 1979

Male Female Student Ratio: 46%/54%

Acceptance Rate: 91%


Application Fee: $20

Application Deadline: Rolling

Target GPA: 2.6

Target SAT Score: 950

Target ACT Score: 18


In-State: $8,840

Out-of-State: $12,230

Room Only: $7,069

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Religious Affiliation: non-denominational

Faculty/Student Ratio: 18/1

West River Research Farm

The West River Research Farm is composed of 111 acres located northwest of Sturgis. The farm was acquired by South Dakota State University in 2018. It focuses on agronomic and livestock research for conditions similar to those in western South Dakota. Researchers perform grazing, cover crop and variety trials. SDSU's statewide network of weather stations, called the Mesonet at SDSU, has a weather station located at the West River Research Farm.