South Dakota State University says
Visitors to our campus see progress all around. Today's students and faculty benefit from the greatest construction boom since my days as an undergraduate at State. Familiar buildings, such as Ag Hall, have been refreshed in recent years, as well. These projects have created an environment conducive to innovative teaching, engaged learning, creative research, and relevant outreach.
Teaching, research, and outreach are the three basic foundations of land-grant universities, as defined in the Morrill Act of 1862. Our students expect an excellent education, and they continue to enroll at State in record numbers, currently 12,816 students.
Many constituents expect groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture, engineering, and the health sciences, and they are being served well. Last year, our faculty successfully competed for more than $66 million in grants and contracts for research projects, another record.
South Dakotans expect a connection to the state's largest university through the Cooperative Extension Service's offices in all 66 counties, through academic programs available via distance delivery methods, through Jackrabbit athletic events, and through established performing arts groups. More than 172,000 patrons attended events last year alone.
Success at South Dakota State comes only through the support of alumni, friends, and families. The SDSU Foundation is halfway through "It Starts with State," a $200 million, six-year fund-raising campaign, the largest effort of its type for higher education in South Dakota.
People connected to SDSU frequently tell others that it's a great day to be a Jackrabbit. I couldn't agree more. Again, welcome, we're glad you're here.