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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
1015 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

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.86 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.85 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 60 responses
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  • Helpful, Happy, & Active
    33%
  • Energetic & willing to participate in activities
    30%
  • Many like to party many are focused on studies
    10%
  • Only interested in the next party.
    10%
  • Sheltered small town kid
    10%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • 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.105 responses
Poll
76%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.119 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 66 responses
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  • Go Jacks. :)
    41%
  • We put the culture in agriculture
    24%
  • Awesome!
    11%
  • Small town feeling school that is highly regarded
    11%
  • I can go anywhere from here once graduated.
    6%
  • Helping the leaders of tomorrow grow and succeed
    3%
  • Home away from home
    3%

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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I thoroughly enjoyed my tour at the South Dakota State. I got to meet with the head director of multiple fields that I am interested in. After the tour you get to have lunch and some of their world famous ice cream on them! The SDSU campus truly makes you feel at home. If you are unsure of where you want to go or what you want to do, I highly suggest South Dakota State University, they have most major fields and they make sure you are achieving the goals you set for yourself. I am going to be attending their campus to further my education in the fall of 2020. The only change I would recommend would to have an additional parking lot, finding spaces can be a bit tricky. But overall my experience was fantastic!
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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.
SDSU is a great school, the nursing program is amazing! SDSU has a safe campus, great food, and great dorms. SDSU has many opportunities to grow as a person and become a better student. SDSU campus is in the great distance to every building on campus. SDSU allows students to make new friends and has a great environment so you feel safe. I love SDSU and the community I have made.