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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
South Dakota State is an above-average public university located in Brookings, South Dakota. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,425 undergraduate students. The South Dakota State acceptance rate is 91%. Popular majors include Nursing, Animal Sciences and Husbandry, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 55% of students, South Dakota State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,900.
About South Dakota State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
Campanile Avenue
Brookings, SD 57007
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South 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
91%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
980-1260
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$18,204/ 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
$4,201/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
68%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.74 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.84 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,425Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,460
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 59 responses
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  • Helpful, Happy, & Active
    34%
  • Energetic & willing to participate in activities
    31%
  • Many like to party many are focused on studies
    10%
  • Only interested in the next party.
    10%
  • Sheltered small town kid
    10%
  • Diverse
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.104 responses
Poll
75%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.118 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 65 responses
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  • Go Jacks. :)
    42%
  • We put the culture in agriculture
    25%
  • Awesome!
    11%
  • Small town feeling school that is highly regarded
    11%
  • I can go anywhere from here once graduated.
    6%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Boring
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
55%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses
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South Dakota State University Reviews

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I love the campus here! There are so many ways to stay involved in extracurricular activities and clubs to join. The professors want you to do good in your academics and will help you be successful. There are also lots of opportunities for extra academic help like the free tutoring program, supplemental instruction sessions, review sessions, and study stops. The Wellness center has many counseling services for all types of needs as well. The facilities on campus are amazing.
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I have enjoyed my first year of college at SDSU because I have met some great people here on campus! My Community Assistant has been very helpful in helping with homework I do not understand, or referring to someone else who could be more helpful. Daniels always encouraged us to come and chat with her if we ever needed to. My pre-calculus professor was always helpful with confusing homework and my speech teacher was very good about helping me find a better way to present my speech. Things that could be changed are better advertisement for sports events. I also do not like it that the university forces us to use so much money as freshman for food. I do not eat that much food, and often bring back soup or something else my mom has cooked. We do not get the money we did not use for food back which stinks. Because I do not like having to go buy things just to get rid of my money.
Overall, for my first year, the experience here has been pretty good. The campus is average, if not small, so it is easy to navigate and travel. They have many degrees that are hard to find in other colleges, for example, engineering degrees like civil engineering. I haven't had a bad experience yet with my professors, and most seem eager to help me understand the content we are learning. However, one of the negatives is the food options on campus. For those living exclusively on campus, the choices for what to eat are sparse and mediocre. But overall, it was a pleasant experience.