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2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in South Dakota

2 Colleges
485 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,250 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in South DakotaEngineering is one of the most popular subjects to study in South Dakota. With 485 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 4th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 0.4% of all the engineering bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in South Dakota ranking analyzed 2 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in engineering. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on engineering schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

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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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Engineering Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in South Dakota

The following schools top our list of the Best Engineering Colleges for the Money.

Best Value Engineering Schools in South Dakota

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. SD Mines is a small public school located in the city of Rapid City. SD Mines also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in South Dakota rankings.

It takes the average student at SD Mines about 4.8 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,129. 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 SD Mines is $116,543. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the remote town of Brookings. South Dakota State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in South Dakota list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at South Dakota State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,370. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is $89,628. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the Plains States Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 2,090
Minnesota 1,652
Kansas 1,208
Iowa 2,208
Nebraska 514
North Dakota 652

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 151
Civil Engineering 110
Electrical Engineering 42
Industrial Engineering 41
Metallurgical Engineering 40

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Majors Similar to Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 361
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 358
Computer & Information Sciences 283
Mathematics & Statistics 81
Physical Sciences 64

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 2 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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Declan Barnes.

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