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South Dakota State University Overview

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

What Is South Dakota State University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$22,586 Avg Cost After Aid
87% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at South Dakota State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at South Dakota State.
  • In <nil>, 79% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, South Dakota State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $52,198 a year. That's about 28% more than their peers at other schools.

Where Is South Dakota State University?


Contact details for South Dakota State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1004 Campanile Ave, Brookings, SD 57007-1898
Phone: 800-952-3541

How Do I Get Into South Dakota State?

You can apply to South Dakota State online at:

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 Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into South Dakota State?

87% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
3% Submit SAT Scores
South Dakota State has the high acceptance rate of 87%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 87%, and the acceptance rate for women is 88%.

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 600. Math scores were between 500 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 480 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 500 to 620 )
South Dakota State received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 17 to 24 )
ACT Math Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 18 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 19 to 25 )

Can I Afford South Dakota State University?

$22,586 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
0.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of South Dakota State is $22,586. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At South Dakota State, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $7,767 a year. That adds up to $31,068 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at South Dakota State is 0.7%. 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

7,558 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,847 undergraduate students at South Dakota State, with 7,558 being full-time and 2,289 being part-time.


There are also 1,618 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,558 full-time undergraduates at South Dakota State, 47% are male and 53% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 82
Black or African American 130
Hispanic or Latino 185
White 6,621
International Students 215
Other Races/Ethnicities 325

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

2,166 Took All Classes Online
5,669 Took At Least One Class Online
9.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 5,669 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.


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 9.1%. This is the #1,422 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at South Dakota State regardless of major.

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%.


*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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