Local Atmosphere

Madison, SD
Tuition (in-state)
$9,077 ($7,212)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Town is very small, the biggest city in SD is an hour away. Other schools are within 45 min- hour and a half away.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town is very helpful and friendly toward students and the town is in a good location in between 2 big cities with big colleges in both. The town of Madison is very small though so there is not much for options.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's no Greek life here, nor things going on every day of the week, but it's nice to just relax.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: South Dakota has four distinct seasons of weather, ranging from cold winters to hot summers. Temperatures can reach over 100*F in the summer and average below freezing in the winter. Average humidity across the state ranges from semi-arid in the northwest to semi-humid in the southeast. Summers can bring severe weather in the form of thunderstorms, but most days are clear and sunny.

Summer (Memorial Day/late May to Labor Day/early September) is optimal for visiting many of the attractions in the state. However, weather can be mild in both the spring and fall months, and visiting outside of the summer season offers less traffic and opportunities for seeing spring’s first blossoms or fall’s brilliant foliage. Very cold winter weather alternates with milder spells, and snowfall can be prevalent. December through early March is the best time to take advantage of several downhill ski areas, more than 1,500 miles of snowmobiling trails, ice fishing and other winter sports and activities.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Madison, South Dakota – Madison is a beautiful town. The town looks small and like there is not much, but there are actually a lot of the things to do if you know the right people. The college is excellent and I have great teachers. The college is also affordable!


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 8 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 30% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 60% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 10% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 22% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 78% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 9 responses

  • 22% No way.
  • 78% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.
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