Location
Madison, SD
Undergrads
1,190
Tuition (in-state)
$9,077 ($7,212)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 140 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The nice part about our school is that the Resident Assistants do not discipline. They are only required to write observation reports and then the Resident Director of the building takes care of the rest. The pros of that include the ability to get along easier with your Resident Assistants, to trust them easier, and mutual respect is built and harder to break down. The officers on campus are rarely seen, unless they are requested, so they don't affect students' lives much. The alcohol and drug policies are strict, but they are also fair. There is a three-strike rule and the rules are made by the Board for all of the public colleges in South Dakota, and not by just the school, so they are easier to abide by.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many restaurants off campus. There are a few locally owned ones, but the rest are just fast food chains, such as McDonald's and Taco John's. Personally, I would rather eat in our cafeteria. However, we are offered discounts at a few of the places and most of them take "Trojan Gold" which is money loaded onto our ID cards.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The student life is pretty good. We have free access to the community center, which has a pool, workout center, workout classes, etc. We have pretty darn good food for a cafeteria, and the areas are really well upkept. We have an entire building of staff members devoted to taking care of our campus. The technology on campus is up-to-date also, with free cable and wifi for all of the students living in the dorms. The wifi is fast, too. Along with that, we have computers rented to us each semester and free care for those, too. The dorms may be somewhat out-of-date, with two of them not having AC, but they are still pretty nice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I do feel safe on campus. However, in the past year there have been too many ambulance calls for students that come back to the dorms after a night of binge drinking or over drinking. There have also been a few drug busts. Although I feel safe, there is too much opportunity for students to do wrong. I feel it is this way on every campus, though. Students will do what they want, when they want, and they're going to have to learn from their mistakes and others'. We do have escort services and posters with their numbers on every floor of every building, so that is nice. I definitely do not feel threatened walking through campus alone at night.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are not very many options for off-campus housing. Along with that, you are required to be at least a junior before you can qualify for living off campus, unless you are still living with your parents. The process to get out of living on campus as a freshman or sophomore is a pain, and most just suck it up and stay in the dorms. The convenience of living off campus is just as good as living on campus, as the town is so small! Cost is pretty low too, as the town is a pretty low-income town with low costs of living. There is a lot of parking, as most of the streets are legal to park on, and there are also usually posters and Craigslist ads of the places that are up for rent before the semesters begin.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Although I've struggled a lot trying to pay my own way through school, the financial aid women do a fantastic job of making sure everyone is understanding the process and is happy with the results. In my previous year, I got audited by the FAFSA company and it turned into about a three-month long process. I am hoping that it will go a little smoother this year. Saving everything I can helps some, but I try to get some help here and there with scholarships and financial aid.

2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The nightlife on my campus is slim to none. Unless you are of drinking age, there isn't much to do. Because it is in such a small town, there are only three bars and they usually have police officers there. Honestly, I am not much of a partier, and I don't believe that the night scene impacts the students in any way. We usually find something to do without spending money so it usually works out pretty well!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I have had an internship, although it was not through my school. However, when I was inquiring to do so, the woman who coordinates all the internships was very helpful. She gave me all of the information and explained thoroughly what the process consisted of. Over half of the internships offered are paid, and most of them lead to careers inside the company. I did not go through the school for an internship because I am double-majoring and do not need the extra credits that an internship provides. If I were to go about getting an internship anyway, I would absolutely go through the same woman again.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It was very simple to enter into my program. In fact, even with my double-major, my advisor was able to coordinate all my classes for the four years enabling me to graduate on time. The only difficulty I had was organizing my schedule due to pre-requisites and the two majors being in the same field of business. Because they are in the same field, the classes often times overlap. If I could provide any tips for admission, I would just let them know to be extremely organized and do their homework!

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The town my school is located in is very small. Although they have the necessities - groceries stores, parks, swimming pool - you still have to travel a ways to find better attractions. There aren't very many restaurants or shopping and there aren't many educational opportunities - museums, national parks, etc. The cost of living is relatively cheap and the safety is pretty great due to the lack of residents. The people in town are very friendly toward college students, as the college has been there for over 100 years.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I really like my major. It suits me well, as I am a very organized person. The workload isn't as crazy as it could be, but is still challenging. The facilities and the professors are fantastic. The professors due a lot to help the students achieve their goals. We have a specific faculty member that does all of the internship organization and she does an amazing job. There are a lot of opportunities, and some are even for school credit!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I go to a small school; there is a larger chance for one-on-one time with your professors to discuss the curriculum. The class sizes allow for questions to be asked and answered in a timely matter, so that everyone understands the material before they leave the classroom. We have a few places on campus to study: i.e. the library, the cafeteria, and the lounge areas in the dorms. However, due to the small campus, the spaces are limited. Registration is decent. The majority of the advisors assigned to the students know the curriculum and classes like the back of their hands. I have had more than enough help to get my registration process to go as smooth as possible.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: We have a wide variety of diversity on campus due to our participation in international transfers.

2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The school spirit at my school is very mediocre. Many students feel as if they have better ways to spend their time due to the lack of winning.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: While the facilities are quite above average, sports are not the main focus of the school, where instead most of the funding goes into technical studies and computers as well.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Just have to be hands on with it all

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: It was easy to apply here!

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I liked Madison because it was safe

3 College Senior

Diversity: not bad I guess

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Surprisingly tons of housing for off campus

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I really do not go out all the time, 2nd Street Diner though is the best place in town hands down!!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many types of people here.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: It's very easy to find parking but sometimes it can get very crowded.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't really know about strictness. I do know they recently sent out a bulletin about no smoking on campus, not even the water vapor e-cigs. That's a hard blow to smokers.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have no idea what it's like to live on campus personally. As I stated, I stay with my parents.

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