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Although we often feel limited by the schooling in South Dakota, there are so many other options for secondary education outside of our homestate—often fitting your exact needs as a future college or tech student.

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Minnesota:

University of Minnesota Campuses (Twin Cities, Morris, Rochester, Duluth and Crookston) — These are public universities that also offer reciprocity; reciprocity is in-state tuition offered to students coming from nearby states, like South Dakota and Wisconsin in Minnesota’s case. 

Wyoming:

University of Wyoming is the only public university in Wyoming, and it is located in Laramie, Wyoming. UW has recently been gaining quite a name for itself with top programs in music, engineering and law. 

There are several community colleges and technical institutes in Wyoming as well.

North Dakota: 

There are lots of opportunities for secondary education in North Dakota, including University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, University of Mary and Minot State University

Nebraska:

There are so many secondary education opportunities in Nebraska from public universities to private institutions and technical institutions. University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of Nebraska Omaha, Chadron State College, Creighton University and many more.

***Ask an Admissions Counselor…

  • What makes your college different from others?
  • Does your college have the major I want?
  • What extracurricular opportunities are on campus?
  • What on and off campus jobs are available?
  • What are your recent graduates doing now?
  • What is the placement record for graduates in my field of study?
  • What is the average class size and the faculty to student ratio?
  • Who teaches most classes — professors or teaching assistants?
  • What are the deadlines for scholarships?
  • What are the admission requirements and have I met?

***Ask students.....

  • How many hours a week do you study?
  • Are faculty accessible to students?
  • Is the food good?
  • What are the residence halls like?
  • Is it possible to study in your residence hall room?
  • What do you like most about this college? Least?
  • Can you have a car on campus? If not, is other transportation available?
  • How easy is it to get the classes you want or need at registration?
  • Would you select this college again if you were starting over?

***After a tour of the campus, ask yourself…

  • How accessible and up to date are the computer labs?
  • Are the buildings well kept?
  • Are the residence hall rooms clean?
  • What are the laundry and kitchen facilities like?
  • What is the cafeteria like?
  • What is the town like?
  • Can I see myself living in this town?

***Questions about housing…

  • What is the housing application and when should it be sent?
  • Is a deposit required? Is it refundable?
  • Are freshman required to live in the residence halls?
  • How are roommates assigned? If i have a friend that I want to live with, how do we get assigned the same room?
  • Are single rooms available?
  • Are rooms fully furnished or do you need to bring things? Can we bunk or loft our beds? Can I have a microwave or computer in my room?
  • What are the room visitation guidelines?
  • What is the location of housing in relation to classrooms?
  • Are there co-ed wings? Co-ed floors? Co-ed rooms?
  • What percentage of students live on campus?
  • Does a housing shortage exist?
  • Are tutors available in the residence halls?
  • Where is the cafeteria located?
  • Are there charges for phone hook-ups?
  • What kind of social programs are available in the residence halls?
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