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?
- 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.
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.
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|#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.
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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|#60||Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools||College Factual|
|#102||Best Schools||Grad Degree|
Where Is South Dakota State University?
Contact details for South Dakota State are given below.
|Address:||1004 Campanile Ave, 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||considered but not required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into South Dakota State?
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.
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
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
There are also 1,429 graduate students at the school.
Of the 7,788 full-time undergraduates at South Dakota State, 48% are male and 52% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of South Dakota State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||140|
|Hispanic or Latino||175|
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.
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|
|Geography & Cartography||#7||#1|
|Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services||#10||#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|
|General English Literature||#49||#1|
|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.
*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
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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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