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University of South Dakota Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to University of South Dakota, the application fee is $20. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from University of South Dakota by August 1.

Applying Early to University of South Dakota?

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

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

What Does University of South Dakota Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at University of South Dakota

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

University of South Dakota Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to University of South Dakota must submit the following items. Double check with University of South Dakota's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of South Dakota?

Students admitted to University of South Dakota have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 86% submitted a class rank. At University of South Dakota 15% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 40% were in the top 25% and 71% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of South Dakota, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 86%
3.75 and 3.99 28.67%
3.50 and 3.74 17.81%
3.25 and 3.49 14.59%
3.00 and 3.24 11.79%
2.50 and 2.9 14.42%
2.00 and 2.49 4.83%
University of South Dakota does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

University of South Dakota does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 4% of University of South Dakota's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 90% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for University of South Dakota?

To be competitive with other University of South Dakota applicants, you should strive to earn between 1000 and 1230 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of South Dakota 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1230 and 25% of scored lower than 1000, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of South Dakota students scored 625 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of South Dakota students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for University of South Dakota?

To be most competitive at University of South Dakota, you should strive to earn between 20 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of South Dakota's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of South Dakota students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

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Transferring to University of South DakotaTransfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in University of South Dakota during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

University of South Dakota Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of South Dakota?

Students who are admitted to University of South Dakota must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does University of South Dakota accept transfer credits?

University of South Dakota accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of South Dakota accepts:

CLEP subject tests DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

Does University of South Dakota accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

University of South Dakota accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of South Dakota?

University of South Dakota. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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University of South Dakota Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

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University of South Dakota Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

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

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University of South Dakota ACT Scores

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ACT Range

20 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above

Good

20 to 25

Avg

20 and Less

Low

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University of South Dakota SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1230

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Math SAT Range

500 - 625

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Reading SAT Range

500 - 620

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University of South Dakota GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.42

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of South Dakota, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.42. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

9,459

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

91%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$9,332

Out-of-State

$12,807

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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