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About South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is a public, state school in an small town setting in Brookings, South Dakota. South Dakota State University was founded in 1881 and now enrolls around 11,405 students a year, including 9,976 undergrads.

South Dakota State University offers housing for up to 4,620 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of South Dakota State University's endowment was $153.614 million The institution spends around $7,957 for each full-time student enrolled. For each full-time professor, there are about 17 undergraduates enrolled at South Dakota State University.

2021 South Dakota State University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 89%
Average GPA 3.5
Mean ACT score 23
Mean SAT score 1135
In-State Tuition $7,773
Out-of-State $11,283

2022 South Dakota State University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University does not offer early decision or early action.

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South Dakota State University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into South Dakota State University. South Dakota State University admitted 89% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 5,290 students applied to South Dakota State University and 4,705 were admitted.

South Dakota State University Waitlist 2021

South Dakota State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into South Dakota State University?

South Dakota State University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to South Dakota State University, applicants must submit the following items.

South Dakota State University Application Requirements

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Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
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South Dakota State University Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to South Dakota State University is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 1135. The mean ACT score for South Dakota State University students is 23.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to South Dakota State University.

Does South Dakota State University Require the ACT or SAT?

South Dakota State University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 4% submitted the SAT. 96% submitted the ACT.


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Dorms at South Dakota State University

Yes! South Dakota State University provides on-campus housing for up to 4,620 students.

Hobo Day, Capers, and and Cavorts are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at South Dakota State University.

Financial Aid at South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University meets 45% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $5,555 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is South Dakota State University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at South Dakota State University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at South Dakota State University, around 81% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 2,126 students who started at South Dakota State University as first-time freshman, 865 graduate within four years.

Around 59% of students who started at South Dakota State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. 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 Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $34,882 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does South Dakota State University sound? 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 Located?

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

If you want 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

Box 2201 Brookings, SD 57007

Campus Setting: Small Town

South Dakota State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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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

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South Dakota State University ACT Scores

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ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Estimated Chance

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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 26 and above have a good chance of getting into South Dakota State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

South Dakota State University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1020 - 1270

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Math SAT Range

500 - 670

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Reading SAT Range

500 - 630

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1270 and Above

Good

1020 to 1270

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1020 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for South Dakota State University students is 1135. Applicants with SAT scores of 1270 and above have a good chance of being admitted to South Dakota State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1020 to 1270 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1020 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 11,405 students enrolled at South Dakota State University, including 9,976 undergraduate students and 1,429 graduate students. 78% percent of students attend school full-time, 54% percent are from SD and 46% percent of students are from other states.

78%

Full Time

22%

Part Time

54%

In State

46%

Out-of-State

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

11,405

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

89%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$9,299

Out-of-State

$12,809

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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