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Located in Brookings, South Dakota, South Dakota State University is a public institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Brookings draws many to the area.

298 Undergraduate Degrees
52 Graduate Degrees
$22,502 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
91% Acceptance Rate

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South Dakota State University Rankings

South Dakota State is ranked #158 out of 1,284 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

South Dakota State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#63 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#92 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#138 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at South Dakota State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#36 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#91 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#138 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards South Dakota State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#52 Best Colleges for the Money College Factual
#171 Best Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#201 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search

Where Is South Dakota State University?

Location of South Dakota State University

Contact details for South Dakota State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1015 Campanile Avenue, Brookings, SD 57007-1898
Phone: 800-952-3541

How Do I Get Into South Dakota State?

You can apply to South Dakota State online at:

Admission Requirements for South Dakota State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into South Dakota State?

91% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
3% Submit SAT Scores
Since South Dakota State has an acceptance rate of 91%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Average Test Scores

About 3% of students accepted to South Dakota State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 630. Math scores were between 500 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 480 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 500 to 630 )
South Dakota State received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for South Dakota State University  ( 20 to 26 )

Can I Afford South Dakota State University?

$22,502 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
4.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of South Dakota State is $22,502. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At South Dakota State, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $8,065 a year. That adds up to $32,260 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at South Dakota State is 4.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

South Dakota State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,971 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,067 undergraduate students at South Dakota State, with 7,971 being full-time and 2,096 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  South Dakota State

There are also 1,445 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,971 full-time undergraduates at South Dakota State, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  South Dakota State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of South Dakota State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of South Dakota State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 76
Black or African American 134
Hispanic or Latino 180
White 6,976
International Students 311
Other Races/Ethnicities 294

Geographic Diversity

South Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at South Dakota State University. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 91 countries are represented at South Dakota State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal.

Online Learning at South Dakota State University

1,570 Took All Classes Online
4,562 Took At Least One Class Online
12.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 9 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at South Dakota State. In 2017-2018, 4,562 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at South Dakota State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of South Dakota State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at South Dakota State University was 12.0%. This is the #794 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at South Dakota State regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at South Dakota State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at South Dakota State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Registered Nursing #204
Nursing #256

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

South Dakota State University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 298 23 0 321
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 0 0 28 28
Nursing Science 0 0 1 1
Clinical Nurse Leader 0 0 0 0
Nursing Education 0 0 0 0
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 298 23 29 350


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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