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Dakota State University

Madison, SD 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate83%
Acceptance Rate83%

Dakota State University Admissions

If you are planning on applying to Dakota State University, the fee for the application costs $20.

Dakota State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Dakota State University's admissions stats.

Dakota State University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 10.06%
Mean SAT Score 1103
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 11%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 89%
Waitlist No

Dakota State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Dakota State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to Dakota State University?

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

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

More on Dakota State University Admissions

How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to Dakota State University?

Dakota State University is a moderately difficult school to get into. Dakota State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Dakota State University accepted 83% of all applicants, around 589 of the 706 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Dakota State University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Dakota State University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Dakota State University

Dakota State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Dakota State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider 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 strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Dakota State University

What does Dakota State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Class Rank Important
Standardized Test Scores Important

Make sure to check with Dakota State University for more information on admission factors.

Dakota State University Application Requirements

To apply to Dakota State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Dakota State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements GPA of 2.6, rank in top 60% of high school class, or minimum ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 870 (combined math and critical reading)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.6

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Dakota State University?

Students admitted to Dakota State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 84.97% submitted a class rank. At Dakota State University 10.06% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 29.57% were in the top 25% and 60.37% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Dakota State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 9%
3.75 and 3.99 21%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 12%
2.50 and 2.9 15%
2.00 and 2.49 10%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Dakota State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Dakota State University looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Dakota State University has 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 2022, 11% of Dakota State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 89% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Dakota State University?

To be competitive with other Dakota State University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1010 and 1200 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Dakota State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1200 and 25% of scored lower than 1010, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Dakota State University student is 1103.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Dakota State University students scored 580 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Dakota State University students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Dakota State University?

To be most competitive at Dakota State University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Dakota State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Dakota State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Dakota State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Dakota State University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Dakota State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Dakota State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Dakota State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Dakota State University.

Does Dakota State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Dakota State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Dakota State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Dakota State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Dakota State University?

❌ No, Dakota State University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Dakota State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Dakota State University's acceptance rate is 83%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Dakota State University?

❌ Dakota State University does not offer early decision.

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Dakota State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Dakota State University? Dakota State University is a somewhat selective institution. The Dakota State University acceptance rate is 83%. This means that the institution accepts 83 out of every 100 applicants.


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.

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

Dakota State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1010 - 1200


Math SAT Range

510 - 580


Reading SAT Range

500 - 610

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1200 and Above


1010 to 1200


1010 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Dakota State University students is 1103. Applicants with SAT scores of 1200 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Dakota State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1010 to 1200 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1010 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Dakota State University.

Dakota State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Dakota State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.33. 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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