Located in Madison, South Dakota, the university was founded in 1881 as the first teacher education institution in the Dakota Territory.
The university awards degrees at the associate, baccalaureate and masters levels. Associate degree programs are approved in allied health care, business, general studies and information technology. Baccalaureate programs are approved in allied health care, business, education, information technology, mathematics and sciences. Masters degree programs are approved in education and information technology A Doctor of Science degree in Information Systems is approved.