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South Dakota State University’s history dates to legislative action in 1881, when authorized by the Dakota Territorial Legislature. When South Dakota became a state in 1889, the school became a land-grant college, its name was switched from Dakota Agricultural College to South Dakota Agricultural College, graduation ceremonies were being held, and the president’s now historic home, Woodbine Cottage, was two years old.

The Agricultural Experiment Station was established and linked to the university in 1887 under the federal Hatch Act to conduct research that “concerns agriculture and the home.” In 1914 the SDSU Extension was added by the Smith-Lever Act to “provide information to the people of the State.” Both the Agricultural Experiment Station and SDSU Extension are administered by the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.

Today, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive institution offering more than 200 undergraduate majors, minors and options with many of these leading to graduate and professional degrees. Students from all 50 states and more than 40 countries attend the University. The University also offers courses at various off-campus sites as well as undergraduate and graduate programs online through the Office of Continuing and Extended Education.

SDSU is home to South Dakota’s pharmacy and agricultural colleges and also offers renowned instruction in engineering and nursing as well as providing broad liberal arts instruction in the arts and sciences, education, and the human sciences.

In addition to a Division I athletics program, SDSU offers more than 200 student organizations.

SDSU is well known for its 165-foot tall Coughlin Campanile; the Pride of the Dakotas marching band; SDSU Ice Cream; and Hobo Day, State’s homecoming celebration and the largest, one-day event in South Dakota. 

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