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South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate87%
Acceptance Rate87%

About South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University Overview

South Dakota State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Brookings, South Dakota. South Dakota State University was founded in 1881 and now enrolls around 11,465 students per year year, including 9,847 undergrads. South Dakota State University ensures on-campus housing for up to 4,462 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at South Dakota State University!

Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? South Dakota State University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? South Dakota State University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? South Dakota State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at South Dakota State University on the Student Life page.

2022 South Dakota State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 87%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 3%
In-State Tuition $7,773
Out-of-State $11,283
Percent of Need Met 67%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $9,982

Is South Dakota State University a Good School?


There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better view of what South Dakota State University offers and if the college seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for South Dakota State University

It is moderately difficult to get into South Dakota State University. Around 87% of applicants get into South Dakota State University each year. Last year, 5,774 students applied to South Dakota State University and 5,048 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at South Dakota State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 80% of students who start at South Dakota State University return the next year. South Dakota State University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 59%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook South Dakota State University Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with South Dakota State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

South Dakota State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

South Dakota State University's endowment was valued at $205.1 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $7,331 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at South Dakota State University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

South Dakota State University meets 67% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $9,982 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $33,161 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at South Dakota State University.

Based on this information, does South Dakota State University seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is South Dakota State University a good school for you?

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Where is South Dakota State University?

South Dakota State University is located in the small town setting of Brookings, South Dakota.

If you would like to see South Dakota State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 29 to Brookings, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Sioux Falls Regional Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what South Dakota State University and Brookings are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1015 Campanile Avenue Brookings, SD 57007

Campus Setting: Small Town

South 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 South Dakota State University is Continuous processing.

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

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

South Dakota State University ACT Scores

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ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above

Good

19 to 25

Avg

19 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to South Dakota State University is 23. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into South Dakota State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

South Dakota State University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

993 - 1240

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Math SAT Range

500 - 620

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Reading SAT Range

480 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1240 and Above

Good

993 to 1240

Avg

993 and Less

Low

SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for South Dakota State University students is 1118. Applicants with SAT scores of 1240 and above have a good chance of being admitted to South Dakota State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 993 to 1240 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 993 have a low chance of being offered a spot at South Dakota State University.

South Dakota State University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$18,553

In State

$22,063

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$7,773
$11,283
Fees
$1,526
$1,526
Housing
$8,054
$8,054
Books
$1,200
$1,200

Student Life

Wondering what life at South Dakota State University is like? There are approximately 11,465 students enrolled at South Dakota State University, including 9,847 undergraduate students and 1,618 graduate students. 77% percent of students attend school full-time, 55% percent are from SD and 45% percent of students are from other states.

77%

Full Time

23%

Part Time

55%

In State

45%

Out-of-State

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

11,465

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

87%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$9,299

Out-of-State

$12,809

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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