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South Dakota State University Overview

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

What Is South Dakota State University Known For?

2,136 Undergraduate Awards
$22,502 Avg Cost After Aid
91% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at South Dakota State have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at South Dakota State is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 82% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, South Dakota State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $44,400 a year. That's about 9% more than their peers at other schools.

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South Dakota State University Rankings

South Dakota State is ranked #237 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 11 colleges in South Dakota, it is ranked at #3.

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.

South Dakota State has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#12 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#159 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Animal Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Wildlife Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Plant Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Human Development & Family Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Colleges for Animal Science College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for General Agriculture College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations College Factual
#24 Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation College Factual
#32 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#158 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is South Dakota State University?

Location of South Dakota State University

Contact details for South Dakota State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1015 Campanile Avenue, Brookings, SD 57007-1898
Phone: 800-952-3541
Website: https://www.sdstate.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SouthDakotaStateUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/sdstate

How Do I Get Into South Dakota State?

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

Admission Requirements for South Dakota State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into South Dakota State?

91% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
3% Submit SAT Scores
Since South Dakota State has an acceptance rate of 91%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Average Test Scores

About 3% of students accepted to South Dakota State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 630. Math scores were between 500 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 480 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 500 to 630 )
200
800
South Dakota State received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford South Dakota State University?

$22,502 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
4.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of South Dakota State is $22,502. 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 South Dakota State, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $8,065 a year. That adds up to $32,260 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at South Dakota State is 4.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

South Dakota State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,169 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,544 undergraduate students at South Dakota State, with 8,169 being full-time and 2,375 being part-time.

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

There are also 1,560 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,169 full-time undergraduates at South Dakota State, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  South Dakota State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of South Dakota State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 70
Black or African American 133
Hispanic or Latino 185
White 7,151
International Students 359
Other Races/Ethnicities 271

Geographic Diversity

South Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at South Dakota State University. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 91 countries are represented at South Dakota State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal.

Online Learning at South Dakota State University

1,570 Took All Classes Online
4,562 Took At Least One Class Online
12.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 9 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at South Dakota State. In 2017-2018, 4,562 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 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 South Dakota State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at South Dakota State University was 12.0%. This is the #1,215 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at South Dakota State regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Animal Science 1%
Business, Management & Marketing 27%
Chemistry 19%
Communication & Journalism 4%
Communication & Media Studies 14%
Curriculum & Instruction 85%
Education 14%
Educational Administration 67%
Engineering-Related Fields 71%
Family & Consumer Economics 29%
General Engineering 33%
General Psychology 18%
General Sales & Marketing 50%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 31%
Liberal Arts General Studies 31%
Mathematics & Statistics 14%
Physical Sciences 14%
Psychology 20%
Public Health 20%
Social Sciences 6%
Sociology 26%
Statistics 59%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 2%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at South 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 South Dakota State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Family & Consumer Economics #2
Community Organization & Advocacy #2
Animal Science #2
Construction Engineering Technology #3
Plant Sciences #4
Statistics #4
Chemistry #4
Agricultural Economics & Business #6
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #11
Physical Sciences #11
General Sales & Marketing #12
Geography & Cartography #14
Sociology #18
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #18
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #20
Mathematics & Statistics #23
Public Health #39
Communication & Media Studies #45
Human Development & Family Studies #49
Engineering Technologies #58
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #60
Curriculum & Instruction #66
Communication & Journalism #70
General Psychology #71
Social Sciences #84
Teacher Education Subject Specific #91
Psychology #101
Public Administration & Social Service #101
Teacher Education Grade Specific #122
Educational Administration #133
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #197
Liberal Arts General Studies #197
Nursing #256
Education #318
Health Professions #420
Business, Management & Marketing #481

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%.

South Dakota State University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 0 298 0 23 29 350
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 75 0 0 82 157
Animal Science 0 0 115 0 10 6 131
Liberal Arts General Studies 7 53 51 0 0 0 111
General Biology 0 0 87 0 15 3 105
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 64 0 18 0 82
General Agriculture 0 21 52 0 0 0 73
Human Development & Family Studies 0 6 62 0 3 0 71
Civil Engineering 0 0 46 0 22 2 70
Computer Information Systems 0 0 25 0 43 0 68
Plant Sciences 0 0 49 1 16 1 67
Economics 0 0 62 0 5 0 67
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 64 0 0 0 64
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 63 0 0 0 63
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 55 0 7 0 62
Sociology 0 2 51 0 4 1 58
Health & Physical Education 0 0 42 0 9 0 51
General Psychology 0 0 50 0 0 0 50
Wildlife Management 0 0 42 0 5 2 49
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 21 0 15 0 36
Construction Engineering Technology 0 0 35 0 0 0 35
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 11 21 2 34
Agricultural Public Services 0 0 31 0 0 0 31
Romance Languages 0 0 31 0 0 0 31
Mathematics 0 0 25 0 6 0 31
General Architecture 0 0 17 0 13 0 30
Agricultural Mechanization 0 0 29 0 0 0 29
Design & Applied Arts 2 0 27 0 0 0 29
Family & Consumer Economics 0 0 26 0 2 0 28
Electrical Engineering 0 0 14 0 10 3 27
Chemistry 0 0 4 0 16 6 26
Hospitality Management 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Journalism 0 0 17 0 8 0 25
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 25 0 25
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 25 0 25
Political Science & Government 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 19 0 5 0 24
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Recreation Administration 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Geography & Cartography 2 0 19 0 1 0 22
Business Administration & Management 0 0 14 0 7 0 21
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 21 0 21
Fine & Studio Arts 17 0 4 0 0 0 21
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 20 0 20
History 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 8 0 8 2 18
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 12 0 5 0 17
Statistics 0 0 5 6 6 0 17
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
General English Literature 0 0 13 0 3 0 16
Allied Health Professions 0 0 13 0 3 0 16
Air Transportation 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Legal Research 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 10 0 0 2 12
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 7 0 0 4 11
Biotechnology 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Public Health 0 0 4 0 6 0 10
Food Science Technology 0 0 7 0 1 0 8
Landscape Architecture 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Horticulture 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Agricultural Production 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
International Studies 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Music 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Germanic Languages 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Physics 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Ethnic Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 28 82 2,026 25 419 147 2,727

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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