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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at South Dakota State.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards South Dakota State has earned from around the web.
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Where Is South Dakota State University?
Contact details for South Dakota State are given below.
|Address:||1015 Campanile Avenue, Brookings, SD 57007-1898|
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
|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|
How Hard Is It To Get Into South Dakota State?
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.
Can I Afford South Dakota State University?
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
There are also 1,560 graduate students at the school.
Of the 8,169 full-time undergraduates at South Dakota State, 49% are male and 51% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of South Dakota State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||133|
|Hispanic or Latino||185|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at South Dakota State has changed over the last few years.
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|
|Business, Management & Marketing||27%|
|Communication & Journalism||4%|
|Communication & Media Studies||14%|
|Curriculum & Instruction||85%|
|Family & Consumer Economics||29%|
|General Sales & Marketing||50%|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||31%|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||31%|
|Mathematics & Statistics||14%|
|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.
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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Image Credit: By AlexiusHoratius under License
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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