Every school has their own specialty. Some schools are research facilities, some are renowned for their job opportunities and globalized approach to learning. Every school in South Dakota also has their own generalized specialization. Choosing a school that's specialty is what you want to major in is often a benefit, as often that department has more endowment for scholarships, opportunities, and connections for future jobs.
These are the stereotypes/ departments with either highly known programs or graduate programs at each university.
■SDSU- Engineering & Agriculture, Nursing ■USD- Medical & Law, Pre-Professional ■Mines- Engineering + Computer Science ■Northern- Music + Medical ■Dakota State- Cyber Security & Education ■Black Hills State- Education + Arts ■Dakota Wesleyan- Education & Athletic Training ■Augustana- Education & Liberal Arts ■University of Sioux Falls- Athletics, Business Admin, Paramedics/Radiology ■Mount Marty- Education, Nursing
Technical Schools: ■Lake Area- Nursing, Ag, Financial Services, Business, Diesel ■Southeast Tech- Healthcare and Business ■Mitchell Tech- Linemen, Energy, Agriculture, Health Sciences ■Western Dakota Tech- Health Sciences, Business, Construction