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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Dakota State is an above-average public university located in Madison, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,397 undergraduate students. The Dakota State acceptance rate is 84%. Popular majors include Information Science, Network, Database, and System Administration, and Business. Graduating 36% of students, Dakota State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,300.
About Dakota State University...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
North Star Athletic Association
Address
820 N Washington Ave
Madison, SD 57042
Website
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
950-1240
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$16,513/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,894/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,775/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,080/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,900/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,172/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.20 responses
80%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.20 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,397Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
40%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Nerd
    56%
  • Unique
    28%
  • Eclectic
    11%
  • Nerdy
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
65%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.31 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Technology
    89%
  • Innovation
    6%
  • Underrated
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
36%
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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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.
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I really like DSU a lot because of its environment. It is a small school yet at the same time the school is the number one computer college in the US. Being in a small school is great because you could easily get the help that you would need quickly. Not only that you can engage and learn easily because your classes are not crowded. Also for being an amazing school, it is pretty cheap to get in the university. DSU is a really safe college to go to since it is a smaller school. The professors and the people who work here are super friendly and helpful.
I loved going to Dakota State University. The course work is challenging and meaningful and the instructors were very knowledgeable in the work that we did and needed to be done. The collaborative atmosphere is apparent throughout the classes and made it easy to work with other students even if it was online. This is one of the reasons I was drawn to go to Dakota State University. The course work helps me in my professional career and I am able to use my Health Information Administration degree everyday to help co-workers make decisions and direct my work. I would definitely recommend Dakota State University to anyone looking for a degree in Health Information.