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South Dakota State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how South Dakota State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is South Dakota State University Ranked?

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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.

South Dakota State University was awarded 118 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is animal science.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked South Dakota State as #549 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when South Dakota State held the #568 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

South Dakota State is also ranked #3 out of 11 schools in South Dakota.

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Is It Hard to Get Into South Dakota State?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 91%, South Dakota State University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

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 630. Math scores were between 500 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 480 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 500 to 630 )
South Dakota State received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 20 to 26 )

Learn more about South Dakota State University admissions.

South Dakota State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at South 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

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 South Dakota State University is 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at South Dakota State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 77% 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  77 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 30%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  30 out of 100

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

Good Overall Diversity at South Dakota State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 10,885 undergraduates at South Dakota State with 8,425 being full-time and 2,460 being part-time.

South Dakota State Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for South Dakota State is 75.35 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  75.35 out of 100
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How Much Does South Dakota State University Cost?

The overall average net price of South Dakota State is $19,503. 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 +
$15,612 $16,392 $19,382 $20,938 $21,105

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

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 South Dakota State, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $8,065 a year. That adds up to $32,260 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at South Dakota State is 4.2%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from South Dakota State make around $44,400 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for South Dakota State students since it is 12% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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

Location of South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is a public institution situated 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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Location of South Dakota State University

Contact details for South Dakota State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1015 Campanile Avenue, Brookings, SD 57007-1898
Phone: 800-952-3541

South Dakota State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 83 majors graduated from South Dakota State University. Of these students, 2,108 received undergraduate degrees and 566 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
Nursing 298 $56,000
Animal Science 115 $39,700
General Biology 87 $30,600
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 75 NA
Agricultural Economics & Business 64 $45,200
Mechanical Engineering 64 $60,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 63 $31,900
Economics 62 $39,900
Human Development & Family Studies 62 $32,500
Teacher Education Subject Specific 55 $37,500

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

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, 4,562 students took at least one online class at South Dakota State University. This is a decrease from the 4,602 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 4,562 1,570
2016-2017 4,602 1,576
2015-2016 4,317 1,472
2014-2015 4,102 1,298
2013-2014 3,516 1,016

Learn more about online learning at South Dakota State University.


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