Adults returning to college and other "non-traditional" students comprise the majority of all degree-seekers in the USA. College Factual’s South Dakota Ranking of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults was designed to specifically address the unique concerns of students who fall outside the "norm" of first-time, full-time degree seekers under the age of 24.
Dakota State University tops our South Dakota list of the Best Colleges For Returning Adults. Dakota State University charges tuition and fees of $11,843 ($8,927 for South Dakota residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 81.2%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,090. The average salary for recent graduates is $67,000.
The total ranking includes 8 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $10,803 to $30,944 (in-state from $7,887 to $30,944). Acceptance rates range from 65.1% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 1,030 to 1,250 and average salaries of graduates range from $57,000 to $79,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||Dakota State University||Madison, South Dakota||$8,927 / $11,843|
|2||National American University - Rapid City||Rapid City, South Dakota||$13,914|
|3||Augustana University||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||$30,944|
|4||Northern State University||Aberdeen, South Dakota||$7,887 / $10,803|
|5||South Dakota State University||Brookings, South Dakota||$8,172 / $11,403|
|6||University of South Dakota||Vermillion, South Dakota||$8,457 / $11,688|
|7||Black Hills State University||Spearfish, South Dakota||$8,004 / $10,920|
|8||South Dakota School of Mines and Technology||Rapid City, South Dakota||$11,160 / $15,320|
A non-traditional student could be a working adult going back to school, a parent, or another student who needs to take part-time classes due to other responsibilities. Our Rankings for Returning Adults were developed based on the premise that these students are looking for flexible learning options, as well as high-quality outcomes for graduates. Thus our rankings emphasize colleges that offer the ability to take online courses and other factors that are important to older students. Within the mix, you’ll find traditional schools that offer online programs, as well as accredited online colleges that provide the best outcomes for students. Read our full Best Colleges For Returning Adults Methodology for more information.
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