South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is South Dakota State University Ranked?

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2022 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.

South Dakota State University was awarded 551 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is consumer services and advocacy.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked South Dakota State as #378 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when South Dakota State held the #549 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

South Dakota State is also ranked #4 out of 15 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 )

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South Dakota State University Faculty

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 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

South Dakota State University has a freshmen retention rate of 78%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 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

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South Dakota State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 10,067 undergraduates at South Dakota State with 7,971 being full-time and 2,096 being part-time.

How Much Does South Dakota State University Cost?

The overall average net price of South Dakota State is $19,252. 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 +
$15,285 $16,273 $19,326 $20,754 $20,954

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 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 3.8%. 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 South 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 South Dakota State make about $44,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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 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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 79 majors graduated from South Dakota State University. Of these students, 2,011 received undergraduate degrees and 529 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 313 $56,000
Animal Science 98 $39,700
Mechanical Engineering 94 $60,400
General Biology 77 $30,600
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 75 NA
Human Development & Family Studies 66 $32,500
Teacher Education Subject Specific 61 $37,500
General Agriculture 61 $39,600
Teacher Education Grade Specific 61 $31,900
Agricultural Economics & Business 56 $45,200

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 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 2018-2019, 4,358 students took at least one online class at South Dakota State University. This is a decrease from the 4,562 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 4,358 1,535
2017-2018 4,562 1,570
2016-2017 4,602 1,576
2015-2016 4,317 1,472
2013-2014 3,516 1,016

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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