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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?

2,105 Undergraduate Awards
$22,586 Avg Cost After Aid
89% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at South Dakota State is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • 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.
  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, 80% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, South Dakota State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $49,845 a year. That's about 22% more than their peers at other schools.

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South Dakota State University Rankings

South Dakota State landed the #206 spot in our 2023 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,018 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #2 out of 12 schools in South Dakota.

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
#51 Best Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#142 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#200 Best 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 Plant Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Wildlife Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Natural Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Animal Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Recreation Administration Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Agriculture Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Natural Resources Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Natural Resources & Conservation 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
#2 Best Animal Science Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#2 Best Wildlife Management Schools College Factual
#12 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools College Factual
#45 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools College Factual
#60 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools College Factual
#102 Best Schools Grad Degree

Where Is South Dakota State University?

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Contact details for South Dakota State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1004 Campanile Ave, 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 considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into South Dakota State?

89% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
4% Submit SAT Scores
Since South Dakota State has an acceptance rate of 89%, 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 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 88%, and the acceptance rate for women is 90%.

Average Test Scores

About 4% 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 500 and 630. Math scores were between 500 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 500 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 500 to 670 )
200
800
South Dakota State received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 19 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?

$22,586 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
2.7% 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 65% of students took out student loans averaging $8,374 a year. That adds up to $33,496 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at South Dakota State is 2.7%. 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

7,788 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,976 undergraduate students at South Dakota State, with 7,788 being full-time and 2,188 being part-time.

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There are also 1,429 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,788 full-time undergraduates at South Dakota State, 48% are male and 52% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 86
Black or African American 140
Hispanic or Latino 175
White 6,899
International Students 234
Other Races/Ethnicities 254

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

2,028 Took All Classes Online
8,687 Took At Least One Class Online
9.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 8,687 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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Online Affordability Rankings of South Dakota State

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at South Dakota State University was $9,200 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $12,675. The following table shows how South Dakota State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Family & Consumer Economics #1 #1
General Sales & Marketing #1 #1
Chemistry #4 #1
Sociology #4 #1
Geography & Cartography #7 #1
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #10 #4
Physical Sciences #13 #1
General Engineering #16 #4
Communication & Media Studies #21 #4
Human Development & Family Studies #22 #1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #28 #1
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #31 #1
Liberal Arts General Studies #31 #1
Communication & Journalism #39 #4
Public Health #40 #1
General English Literature #49 #1
Engineering #52 #10
Social Sciences #55 #7
English Language & Literature #64 #1

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%.

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 0 315 8 11 8 342
Animal Science 2 0 110 2 14 10 138
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 64 0 0 74 138
General Biology 0 0 91 0 18 0 109
General Psychology 0 0 81 0 0 0 81
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 69 0 11 0 80
General Agriculture 0 24 51 0 0 0 75
Statistics 0 0 42 6 24 0 72
Plant Sciences 0 0 44 1 13 8 66
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 40 25 0 0 0 65
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 62 0 0 0 62
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 50 0 12 0 62
Human Development & Family Studies 0 4 56 0 0 0 60
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 58 0 0 0 58
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 55 0 0 0 55
Sociology 0 3 40 0 5 3 51
Design & Applied Arts 2 0 46 0 0 0 48
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 17 6 23 1 47
Civil Engineering 0 0 31 0 11 3 45
Wildlife Management 0 0 36 0 3 2 41
Construction Management 0 0 38 0 0 0 38
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 20 0 18 0 38
Electrical Engineering 0 0 23 0 5 8 36
Computer Information Systems 0 0 25 0 8 0 33
Family & Consumer Economics 0 0 28 1 2 0 31
Chemistry 0 0 9 0 13 8 30
Public Health 0 0 18 0 11 0 29
Health & Physical Education 0 0 29 0 0 0 29
Mathematics 0 0 26 0 2 0 28
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 27 0 0 0 27
Economics 0 0 18 0 9 0 27
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 12 0 13 0 25
Allied Health Professions 0 16 6 0 3 0 25
Geography & Cartography 0 0 18 0 7 0 25
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 16 0 6 1 23
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 23 0 23
Romance Languages 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Recreation Administration 0 0 12 0 9 0 21
Political Science & Government 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Agricultural Production 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 16 0 0 4 20
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 16 0 1 3 20
Fine & Studio Arts 15 0 5 0 0 0 20
Agricultural Mechanization 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 10 2 3 0 15
History 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Student Counseling 0 0 0 1 12 0 13
Natural Resource Management 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 7 0 3 1 11
Journalism 0 0 9 0 1 0 10
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
General English Literature 0 0 9 0 1 0 10
Air Transportation 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Business Administration & Management 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Ethnic Studies 9 0 0 0 0 0 9
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Hospitality Management 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 8 0 0 0 0 0 8
Biotechnology 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Food Science Technology 0 0 1 0 5 0 6
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Landscape Architecture 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
International Studies 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Music 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Horticulture 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Construction Engineering Technology 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Physics 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Industrial Production Technology 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Biological Engineering 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Germanic Languages 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Agricultural Public Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Architecture 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Research 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 37 91 1,977 27 318 135 2,585

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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