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Dakota State University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Dakota State University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Dakota State offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. 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

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, 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.

Dakota State also holds the #6 spot on the Best Colleges in South Dakota ranking.

See all of the rankings for Dakota State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Dakota State?

Acceptance Rate

Dakota State University has an acceptance rate of 84%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

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 )

Learn more about Dakota State University admissions.

Dakota State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, Dakota State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus 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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Dakota State University.

Average Overall Diversity at Dakota State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,993 undergraduates at Dakota State with 1,448 being full-time and 1,545 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Dakota State, approximately 74% of students took out student loans averaging $7,401 a year. That adds up to $29,604 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Dakota State make around $38,700 per year during the early years of their employment. 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

Dakota State University is a public institution situated in Madison, South Dakota. The location of Dakota State is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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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 24 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
Information Science 17 NA
Computer Software & Applications 17 $26,000
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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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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Notes and 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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