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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 1,293 undergraduate students. The Dakota State acceptance rate is 83%. Popular majors include Computer and Information Studies, Network, Database, and System Administration, and Business Administration and Management. Graduating 39% of students, Dakota State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,400.
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
83%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
860-1165
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$15,375/ 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
    $12,753/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,762/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,096/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,493/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,394/ 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
1,293Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
16%
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
$36,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
39%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses
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This college is most famous for it's Cyber Security degree. All the others computer related degree are also among the best in the US. The Cyber Security degree is nationally recognized by the NSA and DHS. This is one of the most technologically integrated universities. The professors are really friendly and among the best at what they do. There are a lots of major to choose from. The environment is quiet,friendly and secure but there is not a lot to do around campus.If you're someone who's used to partying a lot and hoping to enjoy college life as they show in the movies, then you might wanna consider other options. The food is fresh and healthy but it's almost the same thing everyday and not so tasty. But then again, I am an international student who's not used to American foods.
If you're planning to pursue a computer related degree, you'll have a hard time finding better university than this, at this affordable price and level of education.
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I transferred to Dakota State University before my sophomore year in college. The ONLY reason I came was to play football for this University. The overall campus is not that bad but there are many reasons why being here sucks. I have to eat the same food every single day and it is horrible. Some of my professors do not even know how to do their own example problems. The town of Madison, SD, where the college is located, is very small and does not have many options for things to do. Overall I am currently dissatisfied with my experience at Dakota State University.
I absolutely love it at DSU. The instructors are really great in their fields, they actually know what they are talking about, and I enjoy going to class to learn from them. Plus, since it is a small campus you really get to know the faculty outside of the classroom too. As an English Education major, most of the English department know me personally and I enjoy just chatting with them.

Dakota State is very technologically integrated too. Every student is lent a tablet computer for classwork and they work really well for homework. They are not pristine machines, but they get the job done.

The campus is small, the environment is super friendly, not to mention really nerdy (which I love), and the friends that I have met here are like my new family. I would not change anything about my situation if I could, except to maybe become more involved on such an awesome campus!