South Dakota State University

1,115 reviews
  1. Brookings, SD
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
South Dakota State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007

South Dakota State University Rankings

Niche ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
92%
SAT Range
890-1170
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$15,380/ 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
    $12,830/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,764/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,176/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,770/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,990/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
70%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.47 responses
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.46 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.45 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,620Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Energetic & willing to participate in activities
    36%
  • Helpful, Happy, & Active
    27%
  • Only interested in the next party.
    18%
  • Sheltered small town kid
    18%
  • Many like to party many are focused on studies
    0%
  • Profound passion for what they do.
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.68 responses
Poll
75%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.81 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • We put the culture in agriculture
    64%
  • Go Jacks. :)
    27%
  • Awesome!
    9%
  • Boring
    0%
  • Helping the leaders of tomorrow grow and succeed
    0%
  • I can go anywhere from here once graduated.
    0%
  • Small town feeling school that is highly regarded
    0%

After South Dakota State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.25 responses

Reviews

1,115 reviews
  • Excellent
    107
  • Very Good
    398
  • Average
    482
  • Poor
    98
  • Terrible
    30
I have found that this school is so inviting and they make everyone feel at home here. All of the people are so friendly and all of the professors are easy to talk to and are always willing to help you as much as they can. The school spirit here is never ending and amazing because it gets you pumped up for everything they have to offer here at South Dakota State University. They have many clubs you can join and there is literally something for everyone. They love having anyone and everyone get involved. There are so many reasons why South Dakota State University is a great school that it would take me pages and pages to write it all down. I have really enjoyed my time here so far and I completely believe that I will continue to enjoy it more and more.
  • College Freshman
  • 23 days ago
I have only been here for 5 days so there isn't a whole lot that I can compare it to or say about it. But I can say this, I don't know if I would choose another school. The campus is amazing and the food is even better! Everything is easily accessible and easy to get. So far, I am loving the college experience that SDSU is offering me.
  • College Freshman
  • 1 month ago
I love going here, the campus is beautiful no matter the season and all of the professors I have had have been very helpful!
  • College Sophomore
  • 2 months ago