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Dakota State University
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  • 4 Year
  • MADISON, SD

Report Card

grade B minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade B
  3. Diversity
    grade B
  4. Campus
    grade C+
  5. Athletics
    grade C+
  6. Party Scene
    grade B minus
  7. Professors
    grade B
  8. Location
    grade C+
  9. Dorms
    grade B minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade C
  11. Student Life
    grade C+
  12. Safety
    grade A minus

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Dakota State is a public university located in Madison, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,503 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Dakota State acceptance rate is 77%. Popular majors include Information Science, Network, Database, and System Administration, and Computer and Information Systems Security. Graduating 43% of students, Dakota State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,300.

About

820 N WASHINGTON AVE
MADISON, SD 57042
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
North Star Athletic Association

Dakota State University Rankings

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Dakota State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
77%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1000-1270
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$17,063 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,276 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
93%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 17 responses
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 23 responses
83%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 23 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
25
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
6
Online Associates Programs
6
Online Bachelor's Programs
13
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    17%
  • On Campus
    37%
  • Online
    47%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,503 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,315
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
27%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
  • Nerd
    60%
  • Unique
    25%
  • Eclectic
    10%
  • Nerdy
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
66%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 29 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 34 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 21 responses
  • Technology
    90%
  • Innovation
    5%
  • Underrated
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,700 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
43%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 13 responses

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