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
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
South Dakota State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
Campanile Avenue
Brookings, SD 57007

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
890-1160
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
$21,421/ 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
    $18,001/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,961/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,807/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,978/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,035/ year

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
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.77 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.76 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,559Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 51 responses
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  • Energetic & willing to participate in activities
    35%
  • Helpful, Happy, & Active
    33%
  • Only interested in the next party.
    12%
  • Sheltered small town kid
    10%
  • Many like to party many are focused on studies
    8%
  • Profound passion for what they do.
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.96 responses
Poll
76%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.110 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 57 responses
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  • Go Jacks. :)
    39%
  • We put the culture in agriculture
    28%
  • Awesome!
    12%
  • Small town feeling school that is highly regarded
    12%
  • I can go anywhere from here once graduated.
    5%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Helping the leaders of tomorrow grow and succeed
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
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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I like that there are a lot of opportunities here. You can find everything from agriculture to theater to nursing to anything science. There are so many wonderful teachers and students to help you along, encourage you, and have fun with you. The nursing program is incredible at SDSU. We have dozens of knowledgeable nurses ready to take care of the world. Our agriculture department is on top of everything. We even have a dairy plant. I study to be an English teacher and I can guarantee I am getting exactly the education needed for me to succeed! Besides education, we have a fully stocked wellness center that is available most times throughout each week. SDSU is also home to Chick fil A, Panda Express, and several other food places that do not disappoint! The campus is clean and beautiful -- especially during the fall season!
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I myself am not involved in college sports but I am involved with intramural sports and it is so much fun! Its a great way to be involved in a friendly competition sport and get to know people. I am involved in the intramural volleyball and its just really fun to put together your own team and play against new teams. Also, the school spirit here is amazing. We were given our own cowbells to ring and the energy at footballs games is amazing! There is nothing like going to your first college football game. You really feel like you're part of something big! We also have a fantastic wellness center here at South Dakota State University. There is equipment for all types of work outs and they also provide classes you can take like yoga, kickboxing, and so much more.
My freshman year housing was not as great as it could have been. I lived in Binnewies, which turned out to be more of the party dorm, an activity I did not participate in. Since everyone there was so interested in partying, I only found a few people on my floor who were friendly to non-party goers like myself. I know that my friend lived in Young and made great friends on her floor! A lot of it depends on the CA's as well, my CA's did no group activities, other than our mandatory meetings, while my friends CA's did activities all the time, making it easier to meet friends and have something fun to do together. I did choose one of the cheaper dorms, and got what I paid for, the ceilings are low, so if you loft your bed all the way, you will hit your head when you sit up. In the newer dorms, you will receive carpeting, in most, and the ceilings are much higher. The new dorms also have convenient kitchen areas while the one in Binnewies was in the basement and you had to obtain a key to even use anything. If you can afford the newer dorms, I recommend them. The common area is much more homey and welcoming to students. I had some problems with my requested roommate and I being paired together, but there was a lot of mess ups in the housing department, all of which were taken care of, they just took some time. When applying for my sophomore housing, the housing department was VERY helpful, I was able to get a single room next to my friend and the process was very easy!