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2021 Top South Dakota Men's D1 Football Schools

2 Colleges
$12,698 Avg Tuition & Fees*
32% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Football in South Dakota ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 2 schools in South Dakota, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Football athletes in South Dakota. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in South Dakota for D1 Men's Football athletes in South Dakota

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:


South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

South Dakota State University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in South Dakota. South Dakota State University is a fairly large public school located in Brookings, South Dakota that handed out 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at South Dakota State took home $3,950,727 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 978, signifying that team members care about their grades.

South Dakota State not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

The excellent sports programs at University of South Dakota helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Football athletes in South Dakota. USD is a public institution located in Vermillion, South Dakota. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at USD brought home $4,031,135 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 968.

USD also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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Notes and References


*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate 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 our data about colleges.
  • Revenue and expense information comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) website.
  • The academic progress rate (APR) of each team was made available by the NCAA.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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