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Dakota State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Dakota State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Dakota State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Dakota State University was awarded 26 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer and information sciences.

Overall Quality

Dakota State landed the #1,012 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Dakota State held the #1,041 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Dakota State is also ranked #6 out of 11 schools in South Dakota.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Dakota State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Dakota State University is 84%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Dakota State is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 6% of students accepted to Dakota State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 620. Math scores were between 460 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Dakota State University  ( 490 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Dakota State University  ( 460 to 620 )
Dakota State received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Dakota State University  ( 19 to 26 )

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Dakota State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Dakota State University is about average at 17 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Dakota State University is 70%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  70 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dakota State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Dakota State University is 72%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  72 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Dakota State is 20%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  20 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at Dakota State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,962 undergraduates at Dakota State with 1,397 being full-time and 1,565 being part-time.

Dakota State Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

Dakota State scored 49.73 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  49.73 out of 100
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How Much Does Dakota State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Dakota State is $17,244. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Dakota State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,558 $13,678 $17,537 $19,230 $19,040

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Dakota State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 Dakota State, approximately 77% of students took out student loans averaging $6,958 a year. That adds up to $27,832 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Dakota State is 7.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Dakota State Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Dakota State make about $38,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Dakota State University make the most money.

Location of Dakota State University

Located in Madison, South Dakota, Dakota State University is a public institution. The surrounding location of Madison is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Location of Dakota State University

Contact details for Dakota State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 820 N Washington Ave, Madison, SD 57042-1799
Phone: 605-256-5111

Dakota State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 26 majors graduated from Dakota State University. Of these students, 363 received undergraduate degrees and 91 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Information Technology 76 $49,100
Computer Information Systems 48 $53,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 22 $36,100
Special Education 21 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 19 NA
Computer Software & Applications 17 $26,000
Information Science 17 NA
Business Administration & Management 15 $38,200
Statistics 11 NA
Health & Medical Administrative Services 10 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Dakota State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Dakota State

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 2,191 students took at least one online class at Dakota State University. This is an increase from the 1,973 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,191 1,577
2016-2017 1,973 1,433
2015-2016 1,882 1,360
2014-2015 1,802 1,221
2013-2014 1,519 1,038

Learn more about online learning at Dakota State University.

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