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South Dakota State University - ACT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Agricultural Heritage Museum at SDSU

Agricultural Heritage Museum at SDSU

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South Dakota State University Description:

As the state's largest university, South Dakota State University offers its students the choice of 200 academic programs and a similar number of student organizations. Popular programs include a range of fields in the sciences, social sciences, and professional areas. Nursing and pharmaceutical sciences are particular strong. SDSU represents an excellent educational value, even for out-of-state applicants, and any student who scores over a 23 ACT composite score is guaranteed scholarship funds for four years. The university is located in Brookings, a small city about an hour north of Sioux Falls. In athletics, the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits compete in the NCAA Division I Summit League.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 12,583 (11,118 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 77% Full-time

Scholarships for South Dakota State (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,404 (in-state); $9,350 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,140 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,246
  • Other Expenses: $3,826
  • Total Cost: $18,616 (in-state); $20,562 (out-of-state)

South Dakota State University Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 94%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 72%
    • Loans: 74%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $3,788
    • Loans: $6,797

Most Popular Majors:

Agricultural Business, Animal Science, Biology, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Consumer Affairs, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Journalism, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 27%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

South Dakota State University Mission Statement:

see the complete mission statement at http://catalog.sdstate.edu/content.php?catoid=16&navoid=1088

"The legislature established South Dakota State University as the Comprehensive Land-Grant University to meet the needs of the State and region by providing undergraduate and graduate programs of instruction in the liberal arts and sciences and professional education in agriculture, education, engineering, family and consumer sciences, nursing, pharmacy, and other courses or programs as the Board of Regents may determine."

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