South Dakota Best Colleges Comparison

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Colleges In South Dakota Statistics

There are 32 colleges in South Dakota - 12 public and 20 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $12,032 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $12,450. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,107 and the average acceptance rate is 85% for South Dakota Best Colleges Comparison.
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2019-2020 Colleges In South Dakota Statistics
Top 8 colleges in South DakotaAll colleges in South Dakota
Number of Schools8 schools
(5 public, 3 private)
32 schools
(12 public, 20 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$9,098 (in-state)
$18,274 (out-of-state)
$7,806 (in-state)
$12,032 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$7,607 (in-state)
$14,144 (out-of-state)
$7,404 (in-state)
$12,450 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$9,548$6,945
Test Scores1,108 SAT, 23 ACT 1,107 SAT, 23 ACT
Acceptance Rate85.13% 84.92%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)33.75% 32.64%
Population35,90351,809
Undergraduate30,27644,348
Graduate5,6277,461
Graduation Rate54.38%49.33%
Transfer-out Rate14.75%11.33%
Students to Faculty Ratio15.63 to 111.28 to 1

Top Colleges In South Dakota Comparison

Next table lists the top 8 colleges in South Dakota for academic year 2019-2020. South Dakota State University ranked top in the South Dakota Best Colleges Comparison and Augustana University and University of South Dakota follows it. The 2020 average tuition & fees is $18,274 for undergraduate programs $14,144 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in South Dakota is 1,108 and the acceptance rate is 85.13%. The average students to faculty ratio is 15.63 to 1 for top colleges in South Dakota. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2019-2020 Top colleges in South Dakota Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 South Dakota State University
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Public, 4 yearsBrookings, SD
$12,675
($9,200)
$4,603 11,40589% 1,150 SAT
23 ACT
17 to 1
2 Augustana University
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Private, 4 yearsSioux Falls, SD
$35,884 $22,071 2,01971% 1,223 SAT
25 ACT
12 to 1
3 University of South Dakota
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Public, 4 yearsVermillion, SD
$12,807
($9,332)
$5,495 9,45991% 1,123 SAT
23 ACT
15 to 1
4 Black Hills State University
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Public, 4 yearsSpearfish, SD
$11,742
($8,672)
$5,403 3,60897% 1,121 SAT
21 ACT
16 to 1
5 Northern State University
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Public, 4 yearsAberdeen, SD
$11,821
($8,750)
$6,105 3,43179% 1,065 SAT
22 ACT
18 to 1
6 University of Sioux Falls
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Private, 4 yearsSioux Falls, SD
$19,520 $9,131 1,62892% 1,150 SAT
23 ACT
17 to 1
7 Dakota State University
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Public, 4 yearsMadison, SD
$12,606
($9,536)
$4,824 3,18684% 1,100 SAT
23 ACT
18 to 1
8 Mount Marty College
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Private, 4 yearsYankton, SD
$29,136 $18,750 1,16778% 930 SAT
20 ACT
12 to 1
Average$18,274
($9,098)
$9,548 35,90385.13% 1,108 SAT
22.5000 ACT
15.63 to 1
*Ranking data provided by CollegeEvaluator.
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020