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South Dakota State University Data & Information Overview

444 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
87% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is South Dakota State University Ranked?

#267 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in SD
Animal Science Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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South Dakota State University was awarded 444 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is animal science.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, South Dakota State is ranked #267 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

South Dakota State is also ranked #1 out of 13 schools in South Dakota.

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Is It Hard to Get Into South Dakota State?

87% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
3% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 87%, some consider South Dakota State to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 3% 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 480 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 480 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 500 to 620 )
South Dakota State received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 19 to 25 )

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South Dakota State University Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
80% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, South 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

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 South Dakota State University is 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  80 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at South Dakota State University

80% Freshmen Retention
36% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 80% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like South Dakota State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from South Dakota State have a four-year graduation rate of 36%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  36 out of 100

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

South Dakota State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,788 Full-Time Undergraduates
7.9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
52.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,976 undergraduates at South Dakota State with 7,788 being full-time and 2,188 being part-time.

How Much Does South Dakota State University Cost?

$18,578 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
$31,068 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of South Dakota State is $18,578. 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 South Dakota State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,171 $14,846 $18,826 $20,393 $20,110

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 South Dakota State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 61% of students took out student loans averaging $7,767 a year. That adds up to $31,068 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.

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How Much Money Do South Dakota State Graduates Make?

$49,845 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from South Dakota State make around $49,845 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for South Dakota State students since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of South Dakota State University

South Dakota State
7,788 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
South Dakota State University is a public institution located in Brookings, South Dakota. The location of South 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 South Dakota State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1004 Campanile Ave, Brookings, SD 57007-1898
Phone: 800-952-3541

South Dakota State University Majors

85 Majors With Completions
1,774 Undergraduate Degrees
456 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 85 majors graduated from South Dakota State University. Of these students, 1,774 received undergraduate degrees and 456 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
Animal Science 110 $40,797
General Biology 91 $27,268
General Psychology 81 $28,661
Mechanical Engineering 69 $60,229
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 64 NA
Agricultural Economics & Business 62 $41,411
Teacher Education Grade Specific 58 $35,069
Human Development & Family Studies 56 $30,640
Business/Managerial Economics 55 NA
General Agriculture 51 $43,717

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

Online Learning at South Dakota State

49% Take At Least One Class Online
19% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 5,669 students took at least one online class at South Dakota State University. This is a decrease from the 8,687 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 5,669 2,166
2019-2020 8,687 2,028
2018-2019 4,358 1,535
2017-2018 4,562 1,570
2016-2017 4,602 1,576

Learn more about online learning at South Dakota State University.

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.


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