South Dakota State University

2014 Quick Stats
Box 2201

Brookings, SD 57007

Phone: (800) 952-3541
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100. National Universities

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South Dakota State University is a public institution that was founded in 1881. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,118, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 272 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. South Dakota State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 201. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,708 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $9,790 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

South Dakota State University is the state's land grant institution. The University is organized into 7 colleges: Agriculture & Biological Sciences, Arts & Sciences, Education & Human Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, and General Studies. The land grant mission includes three integral and interrelated parts. These include the Agricultural Experiment Station: the research piece, the Cooperative Extension Service: the public service piece, and the University: the educational piece. These 3 units make SDSU a dynamic place to go to school and work. With over 75,000 alumni around the world and increasing enrollment numbers, our motto "Be Great. Start here!" has never been more true. We invite you to visit our beautiful campus and see for yourself.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1881
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $83,008,686


When applying to South Dakota State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at South Dakota State University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 91.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 91.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at South Dakota State University is 17:1, and the school has 30.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at South Dakota State University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Animal Sciences, General; Economics, General; Consumer Economics; and Mechanical Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 23%
Animal Sciences, General 13%
Economics, General 9%
Consumer Economics 7%
Mechanical Engineering 6%

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Student Life

South Dakota State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,118, with a gender distribution of 47.6 percent male students and 52.4 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus. South Dakota State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,583
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

South Dakota State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. South Dakota State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at South Dakota State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At South Dakota State University, 75.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,904.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $7,708 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $9,790 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,853 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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