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South Dakota State University

Total Grad Surveys 3
Females 1
Males 2
Avg years at University 5.0
Research Quality C+ (5.1)
Research Availability C+ (5.7)
Research Funding D+ (2.7)
Graduate Politics C+ (5.7)
Not Errand Runners C (4.6)
Degree Completion C- (3.6)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] C (4.5)
Sufficient Pay D+ (3.3)
Competitiveness B+ (7.4)
Education Quality A- (8.2)
Faculty Accessibility B (6.9)
Useful Research A- (8.2)
"Individual" treatment D+ (3.0)
Friendliness D (2.4)
Safety A+ (9.7)
Campus Beauty B (6.6)
Campus Maintenance C (4.4)
University Spending D (2.5)
Extracurriculars C+ (5.6)
Scholastic Success A- (8.4)
Surrounding City C- (3.8)
Social Life/ Environment C- (4.0)
Post graduation no support/networkingApr 19 2012Civil Engineering
Post graduation no support/networking assistance in job search. Including statements of 100% placement while I had graduated and was underemployed.
I was a chem pHNov 12 2009Chemistry
I was a chem pH.D student in this university. I graduated after 5 years of learning nothing. My advisor did not ADVISE me. He is barely even in school. He only showed up 20min every week. I had to finish my research project and write my dissertation all by myself( BTW, he didn't even read my dissertation before my defending, all my colleagues were in the same situation. The worst thing was, the dept and school knew this bad situation, and they didn't do anything about it. I was struggling to finish my degree. I was falling into an bad depression.I even had suicide thoughts sometime at the last 3 years. I was a TA for 5 years, most of the undergrad students here are good, they want to learn things. But still a lot of them are arrogant, and have high school mentality. I was an international student. So, if they got bad grades, they blamed my accent which my American friends said my English is very good with little accent. And other people ( people I met in conference meeting, and people from different department said that too). BTW, I feel there is discrimination going on in this school especially in the administration. Overall, I do not recommend this University. If you are average IQ, and want to learn, don't go to South Dakota State University.
I got my undergrad at this universityJan 26 2004Other
I got my undergrad at this university. Then I entered graduate school in the couseling program, working towards becoming a school counselor. Compared to my undergraduate experience, the past time in this program has been fantastic. It's a masters program, by the way.

I was somewhat bitter after my undergrad experience, and really didn't want to stick around, but the faculty in the department really impressed me. They're the reason I'm here. The other students in the program are a close second. You'd expect this in a counseling program, but the people really are supportive and there's a tremendous community and friendship.I can't comment on the other grad programs, since they're all different, but this has been a wonderful experience. Getting an assistantship is kind of hard, since the program is way underfunded. I know that people really want to do more, but financially the university isn't as supportive as it ought to be.

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