Dakota State University

224 reviews
  1. Madison, SD
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    A
Dakota State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
North Star Athletic Association
Address
820 N Washington Ave
Madison, SD 57042
Website

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
84%
SAT Range
850-1135
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$14,166/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,029/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,003/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,435/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,845/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,522/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.16 responses
81%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.16 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,154Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
15%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Nerd
    71%
  • Unique
    21%
  • Eclectic
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
68%
of students say they don't have Greek life.22 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.27 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Technology
    100%

After Dakota State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
41%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses

Reviews

224 reviews
  • Excellent
    22
  • Very Good
    80
  • Average
    100
  • Poor
    17
  • Terrible
    5
I absolutely love it at DSU. The instructors are really great in their fields, they actually know what they are talking about, and I enjoy going to class to learn from them. Plus, since it is a small campus you really get to know the faculty outside of the classroom too. As an English Education major, most of the English department know me personally and I enjoy just chatting with them.

Dakota State is very technologically integrated too. Every student is lent a tablet computer for classwork and they work really well for homework. They are not pristine machines, but they get the job done.

The campus is small, the environment is super friendly, not to mention really nerdy (which I love), and the friends that I have met here are like my new family. I would not change anything about my situation if I could, except to maybe become more involved on such an awesome campus!
  • College Sophomore
  • 9 months ago
There are not very many options for off-campus housing. Along with that, you are required to be at least a junior before you can qualify for living off campus, unless you are still living with your parents. The process to get out of living on campus as a freshman or sophomore is a pain, and most just suck it up and stay in the dorms. The convenience of living off campus is just as good as living on campus, as the town is so small! Cost is pretty low too, as the town is a pretty low-income town with low costs of living. There is a lot of parking, as most of the streets are legal to park on, and there are also usually posters and Craigslist ads of the places that are up for rent before the semesters begin.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • July 28 2014
It was very simple to enter into my program. In fact, even with my double-major, my advisor was able to coordinate all my classes for the four years enabling me to graduate on time. The only difficulty I had was organizing my schedule due to pre-requisites and the two majors being in the same field of business. Because they are in the same field, the classes often times overlap. If I could provide any tips for admission, I would just let them know to be extremely organized and do their homework!
  • Recent Alumnus
  • July 28 2014