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 Non-Traditional Students 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.
South Dakota State University tops our South Dakota list of the Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students. South Dakota State charges tuition and fees of $11,403 ($8,172 for South Dakota residents) . The college has an acceptance rate of 91.7%. The average 2016 SAT score for those admitted is 1,110. The average salary for recent graduates is $61,000.
The total ranking includes 11 colleges. Within the complete list tuition and fees ranges from $2,684 to $27,160 (in-state from $2,684 to $27,160). Acceptance rates range from 72.1% to 100.0%, estimated average 2016 SAT scores range from 980 to 1,110 and average salaries of graduates range from $57,000 to $67,000.
|Rank||University/College||Location||Tuition & Fees|
|1||South Dakota State University||Brookings, South Dakota||$8,172 / $11,403|
|2||University of Sioux Falls||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||$27,160|
|3||Dakota Wesleyan University||Mitchell, South Dakota||$26,050|
|4||Dakota State University||Madison, South Dakota||$8,927 / $11,843|
|5||University of South Dakota||Vermillion, South Dakota||$8,457 / $11,688|
|6||Mount Marty College||Yankton, South Dakota||$25,380|
|7||Black Hills State University||Spearfish, South Dakota||$8,004 / $10,920|
|8||Northern State University||Aberdeen, South Dakota||$7,887 / $10,803|
|9||National American University - Rapid City||Rapid City, South Dakota||$13,914|
|10||Oglala Lakota College||Kyle, South Dakota||$2,684|
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 non-traditional students 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 Non-Traditional Students Methodology for more information.
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