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Dakota State University Overview

Located in Madison, South Dakota, Dakota State University is a public institution. Madison is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Dakota State University Known For?

375 Undergraduate Awards
$23,180 Avg Cost After Aid
84% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Dakota State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 70% of the faculty were full-time.

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Dakota State University Rankings

We have ranked Dakota State as #428 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Dakota State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Information Technology Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Value Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Dakota State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Value Colleges for Information Technology College Factual
#3 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#4 Best Information Technology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#20 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#23 Best Value Colleges for Computer Information Systems College Factual
#48 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is Dakota State University?

Location of Dakota State University

Contact details for Dakota State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 820 N Washington Ave, Madison, SD 57042-1799
Phone: 605-256-5111
Website: https://dsu.edu
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DakotaState

How Do I Get Into Dakota State?

You can apply to Dakota State online at: https://dsu.edu/admissions/apply-now

Admission Requirements for Dakota State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Dakota State?

84% Acceptance Rate
33% Of Accepted Are Women
6% Submit SAT Scores
Dakota State has an acceptance rate of 84%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 67% of accepted students are men and 33% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 86%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

Average Test Scores

About 6% of students accepted to Dakota State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 620. Math scores were between 460 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Dakota State University  ( 490 to 620 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Dakota State University  ( 460 to 620 )
200
800
Dakota State received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 19 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Dakota State University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Dakota State University  ( 18 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Dakota State University  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Dakota State University?

$23,180 Net Price
74% Take Out Loans
7.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Dakota State is $23,180. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Dakota State, approximately 74% of students took out student loans averaging $7,401 a year. That adds up to $29,604 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Dakota State is 7.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Dakota State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,503 Full-Time Undergraduates
29% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,818 undergraduate students at Dakota State, with 1,503 being full-time and 1,315 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Dakota State

There are also 450 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,503 full-time undergraduates at Dakota State, 71% are male and 29% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Dakota State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Dakota State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Dakota State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 24
Black or African American 47
Hispanic or Latino 62
White 1,252
International Students 28
Other Races/Ethnicities 90

Geographic Diversity

South Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at Dakota State University. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 25 countries are represented at Dakota State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Nepal, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Dakota State University

1,577 Took All Classes Online
2,191 Took At Least One Class Online
11.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 13 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at Dakota State. In 2017-2018, 2,191 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Dakota State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Dakota State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Dakota State University was 11.1%. This is the #1,260 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Dakota State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Dakota State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 50%
Business, Management & Marketing 21%
Education 22%
Information Science 5%
Information Technology 7%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 12%
Liberal Arts General Studies 12%
Marketing 43%
Mathematics & Statistics 55%
Medical Illustration & Informatics 80%
Special Education 24%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 50%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Dakota State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Dakota State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Medical Illustration & Informatics #15
Computer Software & Applications #23
Information Science #25
Marketing #56
Information Technology #57
Instructional Media Design #68
Computer Information Systems #81
Special Education #88
Accounting #115
Health & Medical Administrative Services #161
Computer & Information Sciences #176
Liberal Arts General Studies #209
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #209
Education #338
Business Administration & Management #410
Health Professions #440

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Dakota State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Information Technology 2 10 0 76 0 12 7 107
Computer Information Systems 6 0 0 48 0 32 0 86
Information Science 0 10 0 17 18 16 4 65
Business Administration & Management 0 14 0 15 0 9 0 38
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 5 0 19 0 0 0 24
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Special Education 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 9 2 10 0 0 0 21
Computer Software & Applications 1 0 0 17 0 0 0 18
Statistics 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Allied Health Professions 0 8 0 2 0 0 0 10
Accounting 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Marketing 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Computer Systems Networking 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 10 56 2 307 18 80 11 484

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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