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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    A
Dakota State is a public university located in Madison, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,448 undergraduate students. The Dakota State acceptance rate is 83%. 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.
820 N Washington Ave
Madison, SD 57042
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
North Star Athletic Association

Dakota State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Dakota State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
83%
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

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%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
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
    20%
  • On Campus
    39%
  • Online
    41%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,448Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,545
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
  • Nerd
    63%
  • Unique
    26%
  • Eclectic
    11%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
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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This school is great if you're a technology major who's looking for a degree in a computer related field. It's also okay if you're looking for a major in education. I go to DSU for Digital Arts and Design: Computer Graphics. The arts department isn't really valued in the grand scheme of things. The arts building desperately needs a remodel, the quality of the professors isn't great, and the career opportunities are mainly for the cyber and education majors. We also aren't provided with the materials we need such as an Adobe Suite subscription on our personal laptops that we are forced to rent. Not all of the dorm halls have AC, and they flood sometimes. The food in the dining hall is terrible. I do love the small campus size and the small class sizes, and I'm not intimidated to ask questions. I just wish there were more opportunities for the art majors too.
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It is very different going to college during a pandemic. What I was expecting college to be like is very different from what I've experienced. Dakota State University has done a great job trying to make everything seem normal, in unusual circumstances. It is a great place to make friends and get an outstanding education. The professors are very active in your learning and want to see you do your very best.
We would love to see more video of the campus online. Another suggestion, maybe to allow the course catalog with times and dates to be reviewed online. modernizing the website would be helpful to find the right links and steps toward application, registration, financial aide, housing, other opportunities available at the college etc. I think I would have been able to apply for more scholarships if I would have known that most of their in house funding opportunities ended in March. Luckily the coaches through the baseball team have been so helpful to acquaint me with next steps and useful information. The financial aide office and registrar have been very helpful when I have made calls to them. I am looking forward to my new adventures at Dakota State University.