Location
Rapid City, SD
Undergrads
1,720
Tuition (in-state)
$11,310 ($9,370)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 215 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city the college is in is not a college town. The community does not pay much attention to the school, even though it is a very high class school where important things are being taught and researched. Because it is not a college town, there are rarely any deals for college students. There are also almost no late-night restaurants in the city, which I think could do good business with the decent amount of college students present in the community. The school itself is in a fairly bland location, but it is within a 15 minute drive of the Black Hills, which abound with outdoor recreation and entertainment. When the weather is nice, there are endless things that can be done in the Black Hills, if you are an outdoorsy person. There are not very many activities for the under 21 students to participate in on weekends. The 21 and over students have many bars or clubs they can attend.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I usually feel safe on campus, but the campus is located in a rougher part of the city. I have had a couple homeless people ask me for money on campus at the beginning of this past year. The one thing I question was an event that happened last semester. A professor committed suicide in one of the campus buildings on a normal morning of classes. The gunshot was heard in that building, and the students in that building were evacuated outside. I think that the whole school should have gone on lock down while the security guards and authorities found where the gunshot came from, as a precaution. The rest of the school had no idea why cop cars surrounded that building, or what was going on. I think that a gunshot of an unknown source is a worthy enough threat to send the school into lock down, just for precaution reasons.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The school supplies laptops for all the students, but you must pay a fee first. After paying the fee, all of the programs and software can be downloaded onto that laptop for free. The printers are sometimes left without paper for a couple days, that would be the only complaint I have. Each student is allowed 200 pages of printing a semester, and additional printing pages can be bought online. The computer tech support is open normal business hours and is located in the basement of the library, and is very helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It will get you where you need to go.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you are caught with drugs on or off campus, you can be expelled. Same with underage drinking, the police report all student arrests to the school, and they are dealt with accordingly. Other than cigarettes, I've never seen drug usage on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: I'm used to the local weather, and I enjoy it because it is always changing. It's nice when it is 60 degrees in the winter time, but on the other end of the spectrum, it could also be -20.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: It is not too difficult to get into most programs, as long as you qualify. The only program with limits is the archaeology program.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Prepares you for real world job experience.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I do not run into any racial matters, and the school is very accepting of foreign students. Many of the professors are foreign-born, but it does not seem to be an issue. There is a good mix of political and religious beliefs, and a student organization dedicated to many of them.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Right now they are in the process of remodeling/building new sports facilities.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not a Greek, and I don't go to their parties, so I'm indifferent. It does have its advantages though, it's a great way to make friends, and socialize. I'm unsure about housing.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many internships available, and almost everyone that applies gets one. The workload can be a lot at times, but the schedule is flexible, so you can mix it up if you need to

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you have an amazing GPA, you are pretty much guaranteed scholarships. Otherwise, there are many scholarships offered through each department, as well as a scholarship database through the school where you should be able to find something.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Every student is issued their own laptop at the school. You get free tech support for your computer, and the people in the IT office are very helpful. The school also lets you download many programs for free from their website. Every building has wireless access, and it is pretty reliable

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't live on campus, or party there.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: You don't need a car on campus, but I don't live on campus. As far as parking goes, it fills up pretty quick (usually by 9AM), but there are options on the edges of campus. You have to walk pretty far, but there are always spots

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several fast food options, as well as small restaurants, and chains like Chile's. There is a wide variety of restaurant options. Cold Stone Creamery is awesome!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Open campus, with lot's of trees. It is close to the Black Hills which is very convenient for geology and mining students. There are always fun things to do on campus, like nerf gun wars and intramural sports, and plenty of student societies to be a part of.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Could use some more RAM and windows 64 bit, but otherwise are very useful.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live off campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly white people, but i don't see a problem with that. Accepting.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: My friends and I usually just hang out together, so we just do whatever around town. There are events at the school from time to time. But the nightlife in the city is exciting.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Honestly, I got most of my help with my scholarships, so I didn't have to get much through the school. Only advice is to get it done early.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Warmer than back home, so I can't complain. The hills break up the cold fronts pretty well.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The only problem I have is that it is difficult to acquire work from within the department because the low supply.

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