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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in South Dakota

8 Colleges
747 Bachelor's Degrees
$21,080 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in South DakotaEducation is one of the most popular subjects to study in South Dakota. With 747 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 2nd out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that 0.8% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Education in South Dakota ranking, we looked at 8 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those education schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in South Dakota

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for education majors.

Best Value Education Schools in South Dakota

#1

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. U of South Dakota is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Vermillion. In addition to being on our best value list, U of South Dakota has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in South Dakota ranking.

The average student at U of South Dakota graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,860. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of South Dakota is $90,950. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northern State University. Located in the town of Aberdeen, NSU is a public college with a small student population. NSU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Education in South Dakota list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at NSU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,908. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NSU is $89,785. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize Black Hills State University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Spearfish, BHSU is a public college with a small student population. BHSU also made our Best Colleges for Education in South Dakota list, coming in at #4.

It takes the average student at BHSU about 4.7 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,372. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BHSU be around $90,274. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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South Dakota State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the remote town of Brookings. South Dakota State also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in South Dakota rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at South Dakota State is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,370. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is about $89,628. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#5

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

Augustana University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the city of Sioux Falls, Augustana Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Augustana Sioux Falls not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Education in South Dakota list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Augustana Sioux Falls is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,732. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Augustana Sioux Falls is $118,416. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#6

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD

University of Sioux Falls landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the city of Sioux Falls, University of Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. University of Sioux Falls did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Education in South Dakota list.

The average student at University of Sioux Falls graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $14,128. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Sioux Falls be around $61,881. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#7

Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Our rankings recognize Dakota State University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Madison, Dakota State is a public school with a small student population. Dakota State also made our Best Colleges for Education in South Dakota list, coming in at #6.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Dakota State is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,631. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Dakota State is about $95,315. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#8

Mount Marty College

Yankton, SD

Mount Marty College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Mount Marty is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Yankton. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Mount Marty, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in South Dakota ranking.

At Mount Marty, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,636. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Mount Marty is $107,671. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Education Colleges in the Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Education Schools in the Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 2,707
Minnesota 2,494
Kansas 1,678
Iowa 1,839
Nebraska 1,365
North Dakota 667

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 363
Teacher Education Subject Specific 287
Special Education 95
General Education 1
Other Education 1

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 340
Psychology 225
Communication & Journalism 176
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 94
History 69

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 8 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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