• Address: 1015 Campanile Avenue, Brookings, South Dakota 57007-1898

  • Phone Number: (800) 952-3541

  • Website: https://www.sdstate.edu/

About

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a public university, founded in the year 1881 in Brookings, South Dakota. It is the largest and one of the oldest universities present in the state of Dakota. It has 261 acres of huge campus and the university has more than 12,000 students enrolled in the different field of course and degrees. 

The university has a wide variety of student organizations to keep the students engaged throughout the year. It has a huge library, cafeterias, housing facilities, and bookstore for the convenience of the students on campus.

  • SDSU acceptance rate is 91%.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 17:1. 

  • SDSU retention rate is 79% whereas the total graduation rate is 53%.

Reviews

  • The university has several organizations and campus events to keep the students engaged throughout the year.
  • Professors in the university are approachable and ready to help the students.

  • Students in the university feel that the community feeling on the campus is very high and everyone is ready to help others.

  • Library present in the university is enormous in size and provides all the facilities for the students to study for hours.

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Public

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Headquartered at

Brookings, South Dakota

FAFSA/Federal School Code

003471

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Institutional Accreditation

HLC

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Programmatic Accreditation

ACEJMC

Historically Black College or University

No

Data Source: https://www.sdstate.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Accreditation

  • The university is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Journalism and Mass Communications programs are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 17: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 79 % Part Time: 40 %
Total Population 12,600
Student Population Full Time: 9,001 Part Time: 3,599
Gender Division Male: 47 % Female: 53 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 50 %

The College Monk

Female: 56 %

Total Graduation Rate: 53 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

South Dakota State University (SDSU) offers 30 online programs across 14 Majors

Interdisciplinary Studies

Offering 3 programs accross 2 degrees

Nursing

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Sociology

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Health Science

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Education

Offering 3 programs accross 2 degrees

Environmental Science

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Agriculture

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Chemistry

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Media Studies

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Biomedical Science

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Animal Science

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Information Systems

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Human Services

Offering 7 programs accross 2 degrees

Business Management

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Admissions

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Acceptance Rate is 91%

Application Fee
Undergraduate Application Fee $20
Graduate Application Fee $35

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Admission Statistics
Total Applicants 5,173
Total Applicants Admitted 4,695
Applicants Enrolled 2,273
Full time Applicants Enrolled 2,210
Part Time Applicants Enrolled 63
Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 64
Number of students submitting ACT scores 2,190
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 3%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 96%
SAT Math 495 average 430 - 560 range
SAT Critical Reading 535 average 470 - 600 range
ACT Composite 23 average 20 - 26 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Various financial aids are offered to the students in order to fund their education. The students must fill the FAFSA form in order to apply for the financial aid program. South Dakota State University (SDSU) Federal School Code is 003471

  • Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Teach Grant are the Federal Grants available.

  • Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Nursing Student Loan,  Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, and Direct PLUS Loan are the Federal Loans available. The federal work-study program is also available. 

  • Jackrabbit Guarantee is available as Institutional Scholarship.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, Tuition Assistance program, Montgomery GI Bill is the Military Aids available.

  • 68% of the students receive either federal, state or institutional aids from the university. $21,421 is the average amount awarded as the grant or scholarship per year to the eligible students.

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $6,095 Undergraduate Student, U, S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen June 30th, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant $1,176 Undergraduate student,Eligible for Federal Pell Grant,Enrolled =least half-time March 15th, 2019
TEACH Grant $4,000 Undergraduate or Graduate student, enrolled in TEACH Grant Eligible major, Minimum of 3.25 CGPA June 30th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Work-Study $5,641 U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Maintain satisfactory academic progress. June 30th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,641 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds. June 30th, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized Loan $5,641 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds. June 30th, 2019
Direct PLUS Loan $5,641 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen, Enrolled at least half-time, Should not have an adverse credit history June 30th, 2019
Federal Perkins Loan $5,641 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen, Demonstrated financial need. June 30th, 2019
Federal Nursing Student Loan $5,641 Who has been accepted into the nursing program, Enrolled at least half-time June 30th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Jackrabbit Guarantee $1,000 ACT score of 24. Varies

Data Source: https://www.sdstate.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Montgomery GI Bill $1,928 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies
Post 9/11 GI Bill $6,791 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Progarm Varies Assists service-disabled veterans, Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies
Tuition Assistance Program $1,793 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies

Data Source: https://www.sdstate.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $18,001
$30,001 - $48,000 $18,961
$48,001 - $75,000 $21,807
$75,001 - $110,000 $22,978
Over $110,000 $23,035

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 22% $3,931
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 68% $4,100
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 25% $4,372
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 57% $2,382
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 65% $7,998
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 65% $5,641
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 21,421
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 215 $6,673
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 200 $6,791
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 15 $5,089

Data Source: https://www.sdstate.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

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