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    Hey y'all I'm new to the board. I was trying to get some information on CSNBBS but your fan base isn't very active over there so I figured I'd come to the source. I am a veteran and currently a junior at the University of South Carolina in the Physical Education program. My wife and I are thinking of moving to South Dakota after I graduate , particularly the Sioux Falls area. I researched the travel time and both universities (U of SD and SDSU) seem to be about an hour from Sioux Falls. I am wanting to get a masters from one of the schools in education administration and my wife is wanting to eventually get a pharmd (obviously SDSU). What are the pros and cons to each school and what should we think about as far as living in the area (we have a newborn)? I have never lived in/visited SD so I know very little besides what I can find online. Any info would help thanks!

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    Well, the majority of SD will tell you Brookings is nicer than Vermillion by a long shot. Unless they are a usd grad. They won't admit that. I'll let someone else answer the rest, there's a couple guys on here who went to both places.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ewglenn View Post
    Hey y'all I'm new to the board. I was trying to get some information on CSNBBS but your fan base isn't very active over there so I figured I'd come to the source. I am a veteran and currently a junior at the University of South Carolina in the Physical Education program. My wife and I are thinking of moving to South Dakota after I graduate , particularly the Sioux Falls area. I researched the travel time and both universities (U of SD and SDSU) seem to be about an hour from Sioux Falls. I am wanting to get a masters from one of the schools in education administration and my wife is wanting to eventually get a pharmd (obviously SDSU). What are the pros and cons to each school and what should we think about as far as living in the area (we have a newborn)? I have never lived in/visited SD so I know very little besides what I can find online. Any info would help thanks!
    When you get here, drive to both campuses/cities and take a look. It won't take long for you to decide. I would recommend living in NW Sioux Falls for a closer commute. Dell Rapids is also very nice if you like a smaller town.


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    I Live in Hartford and Grew up in SF. I can tell you I much prefer being outside of town in a smaller Community. If you love the convenience of being close to a bunch of retail then town is probably for you. if out like urban living the DT scene is really blossoming. If you move to hartford look me up.

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    I attended SDSU for my undergrad degree and USD for my MBA (although this was completely online). The only compliment I can give USD is that their business and law schools are superior to SDSU. Having said that, I believe that SDSU and Brookings have much more to offer than USD and Vermillion. I have heard good things about the education department at SDSU and it looks like you already know about their pharmacy department. As far as living in the area, parts of Sioux Falls are nice, but I live in Dell Rapids and it is a great small town (around 3500 people). It is just over a half hour to Brookings and about 15-20 minutes to Sioux Falls. If I were attending SDSU, I would live in Brookings or if you wanted to be closer to Sioux Falls, I would live in Dell Rapids. Sioux Falls to Brookings is a long drive, especially for a full time student. I work about 15 minutes North of Dell Rapids and I love being in between work and Sioux Falls, as we eat, shop, and attend events in Sioux Falls often. If you have any specific questions about Dell Rapids or even Brookings or SDSU, feel free to PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewglenn View Post
    Hey y'all I'm new to the board. I was trying to get some information on CSNBBS but your fan base isn't very active over there so I figured I'd come to the source. I am a veteran and currently a junior at the University of South Carolina in the Physical Education program. My wife and I are thinking of moving to South Dakota after I graduate , particularly the Sioux Falls area. I researched the travel time and both universities (U of SD and SDSU) seem to be about an hour from Sioux Falls. I am wanting to get a masters from one of the schools in education administration and my wife is wanting to eventually get a pharmd (obviously SDSU). What are the pros and cons to each school and what should we think about as far as living in the area (we have a newborn)? I have never lived in/visited SD so I know very little besides what I can find online. Any info would help thanks!
    Sioux Falls is where you'll want to live. It's an easy drive to each town, and an amazing place to live.

    I work in education and a lot of my colleagues have gotten their master's degrees from University of Sioux Falls. I would look into that program as an option as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ewglenn View Post
    Hey y'all I'm new to the board. I was trying to get some information on CSNBBS but your fan base isn't very active over there so I figured I'd come to the source. I am a veteran and currently a junior at the University of South Carolina in the Physical Education program. My wife and I are thinking of moving to South Dakota after I graduate , particularly the Sioux Falls area. I researched the travel time and both universities (U of SD and SDSU) seem to be about an hour from Sioux Falls. I am wanting to get a masters from one of the schools in education administration and my wife is wanting to eventually get a pharmd (obviously SDSU). What are the pros and cons to each school and what should we think about as far as living in the area (we have a newborn)? I have never lived in/visited SD so I know very little besides what I can find online. Any info would help thanks!
    As far as Sioux Falls goes, East side is nice doesn't seem as busy. West side of town is more retail and entertainment and traffic. Otherwise traffic is not bad really aside from like 30 minutes for rush hour. As far as USD and SDSU, academics are great at both. Campus and town I think SDSU and Brookings is nicer. My wife from USD would admit to that also. As far as your masters degree, if you haven't check out the online options from both schools. Commuting isn't bad, just SD winter weather can suck to travel in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ewglenn View Post
    Hey y'all I'm new to the board. I was trying to get some information on CSNBBS but your fan base isn't very active over there so I figured I'd come to the source. I am a veteran and currently a junior at the University of South Carolina in the Physical Education program. My wife and I are thinking of moving to South Dakota after I graduate , particularly the Sioux Falls area. I researched the travel time and both universities (U of SD and SDSU) seem to be about an hour from Sioux Falls. I am wanting to get a masters from one of the schools in education administration and my wife is wanting to eventually get a pharmd (obviously SDSU). What are the pros and cons to each school and what should we think about as far as living in the area (we have a newborn)? I have never lived in/visited SD so I know very little besides what I can find online. Any info would help thanks!
    As far as Sioux Falls goes, East side is nice doesn't seem as busy. West side of town is more retail and entertainment and traffic. Otherwise traffic is not bad really aside from like 30 minutes for rush hour. As far as USD and SDSU, academics are great at both. Campus and town I think SDSU and Brookings is nicer. My wife from USD would admit to that also. As far as your masters degree, if you haven't check out the online options from both schools. Commuting isn't bad, just SD winter weather can suck to travel in.
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    Thank you all for the information. Is there anyone here that has lived outside of SD that could compare the state to another. Obviously I'm from SC but I did live in Louisville Kentucky for a year. I think I'll make SDSU my first choice. I saw the online program is offered through the Brookings campus. Is the online degree the same degree that you receive from on campus? USC's online school, Palmetto College, is not the same degree that Columbia students receive which is why I ask. Also my wife has a bachelor of science Criminal Justice Strategic Intelligence would there be a decent job market in SF before she goes to Pharmacy School? How are the public schools for kids in SF? One of our main priorities is making sure our daughter gets a top notch education. Sorry to ask all these questions but you guys/gals are being very helpful lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewglenn View Post
    Thank you all for the information. Is there anyone here that has lived outside of SD that could compare the state to another. Obviously I'm from SC but I did live in Louisville Kentucky for a year. I think I'll make SDSU my first choice. I saw the online program is offered through the Brookings campus. Is the online degree the same degree that you receive from on campus? USC's online school, Palmetto College, is not the same degree that Columbia students receive which is why I ask. Also my wife has a bachelor of science Criminal Justice Strategic Intelligence would there be a decent job market in SF before she goes to Pharmacy School? How are the public schools for kids in SF? One of our main priorities is making sure our daughter gets a top notch education. Sorry to ask all these questions but you guys/gals are being very helpful lol.
    Your wife might want to look into Zuercher Tech. for jobs; they've appeared in my LinkedIn job feed, but I lack the CJUS experience she has. The SD DOL's Dakota Roots program might be of benefit to you both in your job search, although I have heard mixed reviews on that. If you have a good idea of the type of post-grad. job you want, you could network with and inquire about how local ed. administrators view the online degrees, as some disciplines/fields question the legitimacy of online degrees as compared to traditional coursework. You may also be able to complete coursework at University Center.

    As to your question about SD compared to other states, I've lived in NY, WA, MT, and SC (it's been nearly a decade for the latter three and four years since I lived in upstate NY for the second time), and always knew I wanted to return to SD. You may find SD less prone to innovate in terms of social policy than even states like MT, but there are pockets of progressive thinking (Brookings and Sioux Falls being two examples for me).

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