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Colleges / Dakota State University

Dakota State University

Madison, SD 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate80%

About Dakota State University

Dakota State University is a public, state university in the rural area of Madison, South Dakota. Dakota State University was founded in 1881. The college enrolls around 3,241 students per year, including 2,805 undergrads.

Dakota State University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Dakota State University. The acceptance rate at Dakota State University is 80%. Out of 866 applications received in 2022, 690 students were offered admission.

Dakota State University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 12%

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Dakota State University is located in Madison, South Dakota, near Sioux Falls.

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College Info

820 North Washington Madison, SD 57042-1799

Campus Setting: Rural

Dakota State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Dakota State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Dakota State University is Continuous processing.

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Dakota State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

950 - 1260


Math SAT Range

460 - 600


Reading SAT Range

480 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1260 and Above


950 to 1260


950 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Dakota State University students is 1099. Applicants with SAT scores of 1260 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Dakota State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 950 to 1260 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 950 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Dakota State University.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Dakota State University is like? There are approximately 3,241 students enrolled at Dakota State University, including 2,805 undergraduate students and 436 graduate students. 50% percent of students attend school full-time, 60% percent are from SD and 40% percent of students are from other states.


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