South Dakota State University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Brookings, SD

$9,200

Avg in-state tuition

$12,675

Avg out-of-state tuition

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About South Dakota State University

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

South Dakota State University is a medium-sized public university located on a rural campus in Brookings, South Dakota. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,405, and admissions are selective, with an acceptance rate of 89%. The university offers 124 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 59%, and a student-faculty ratio of 17:1. Tuition and fees for in-state students are $9,200, while tuition and fees for out-of-state students are $12,675.

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Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a high acceptance rate.

This school accepts students at a higher rate than other schools. High acceptance schools welcome 51-100% of all applicants.

89% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

81% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

59% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Test scores Considered (not required)

High school rank Required

High school GPA Required

Completion of college prep program Required

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Considered (not required)

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 20-26

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1000-1300

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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11k

Students enrolled

76%

Online student enrollment

17:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

85%

Non-U.S. Citizen

5%

Hispanic

3%

Black

2%

Two or more races

2%

Unknown

1%

Asian

1%

American Indian/Alaska Native

1%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

55%

Socio-economic diversity

23% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

67%

State Grant Aid

22%

Institution Grant Aid

66%

Pell Grant

23%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $2,214
State Grant Aid $1,337
Institution Grant Aid $2,707
Pell Grant Aid $4,370

Financial Outlook

$24k

Average student debt after graduation

$41k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.