Noodle, a higher education information website, has compiled a list of the most influential colleges in each state. They used four distinct criteria including search engine popularity, Twitter authority, number of affiliated Nobel Prize winners, and U.S. News rank.

Augustana College in Sioux Falls was named South Dakota's most influential college. Having attended 'Augie' I enjoyed the small class sizes and the personal attention given by each professor. More than eighty percent of its classes have 30 students or fewer.

Several classes were offered in in performing arts and a variety of student activities made the experience memorable.

The most influential colleges in surrounding states are:

  • Nebraska — Creighton University
  • North Dakota — University of Jamestown
  • Iowa — Iowa State University
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