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Dakota State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Dakota State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Dakota State University Ranked?

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2023 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 148 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is system, networking, and lan/wan management/manager.

Overall Quality

Dakota State landed the #505 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Dakota State held the #787 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 13 colleges in South Dakota, Dakota State is ranked at #6.

See all of the rankings for Dakota State University.

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 11% 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 500 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Dakota State University  ( 500 to 610 )
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SAT Math Scores for Dakota State University  ( 510 to 580 )
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Dakota State received ACT scores from 90% 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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Learn more about Dakota State University admissions.

Dakota State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 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 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100
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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 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 out of 100
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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 23%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  23 out of 100
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Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Dakota State University.

Dakota State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,740 undergraduates at Dakota State with 1,495 being full-time and 1,245 being part-time.

How Much Does Dakota State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Dakota State is $18,630. 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 +
$15,329 $16,720 $18,429 $20,740 $20,186

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 67% of students took out student loans averaging $7,649 a year. That adds up to $30,596 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Dakota State is 5.8%. 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.

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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 $44,019 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Dakota State students since it is 4% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.

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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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Contact details for Dakota State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 820 N Washington Ave, Madison, SD 57042-1799
Phone: 605-256-5111
Website: https://dsu.edu/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DakotaState

Dakota State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 23 majors graduated from Dakota State University. Of these students, 403 received undergraduate degrees and 139 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 114 $49,983
Computer Information Systems 69 $50,973
Computer Software & Applications 36 $25,986
Information Science 21 $42,967
Teacher Education Grade Specific 18 NA
Special Education 16 $38,694
Business Administration & Management 14 $37,841
Health & Physical Education 14 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 14 NA
Accounting 9 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 2019-2020, 2,440 students took at least one online class at Dakota State University. This is an increase from the 2,206 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,440 1,756
2018-2019 2,206 1,704
2017-2018 2,191 1,577
2016-2017 1,973 1,433
2015-2016 1,882 1,360

Learn more about online learning at Dakota State University.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*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.

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