Best South Dakota Colleges

Ranked list of Colleges and Universities in South Dakota for 2024

There are 26 colleges and universities in South Dakota enrolling 51,795 students. Explore the list of top colleges in South Dakota below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in South Dakota offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

 South Dakota is home to nationally ranked institutions like Augustana University and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The highest ranked college in South Dakota is Augustana University and the top rated public state college is South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Local college options can be explored in Sioux Falls or other cities.


26 results

List of the Best South Dakota Colleges

Augustana University
A
Sioux Falls, SD

Augustana University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in South Dakota

  • 2,086enrollment
  • $23,843net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1325SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
S
Rapid City, SD

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in South Dakota

  • 2,492enrollment
  • $21,124net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1378SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

University of South Dakota
S
Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in South Dakota

  • 9,856enrollment
  • $18,378net price
  • 99%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1300SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.43Avg GPA

South Dakota State University
S
Brookings, SD

South Dakota State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in South Dakota

  • 11,327enrollment
  • $18,160net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1245SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Mount Marty College
M
Yankton, SD
 

Mount Marty College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in South Dakota

  • 1,252enrollment
  • $21,476net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 810-1050SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.35Avg GPA

Dakota State University
D
Madison, SD

Dakota State University

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in South Dakota

  • 3,241enrollment
  • $17,977net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 940-1240SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA

Northern State University
N
Aberdeen, SD
 

Northern State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in South Dakota

  • 3,344enrollment
  • $17,264net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 800-1150SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.37Avg GPA

Black Hills State University
B
Spearfish, SD
 

Black Hills State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in South Dakota

  • 3,425enrollment
  • $16,782net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 970-1085SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.22Estimated Avg GPA

Kilian Community College
K
Sioux Falls, SD
 

Kilian Community College

Private 2 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 170enrollment
  • $26,409net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Dakota Wesleyan University
D
Mitchell, SD
 

Dakota Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 887enrollment
  • $19,825net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 950-1420SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.36Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 27

Lake Area Technical Institute
L
Watertown, SD
 

Lake Area Technical Institute

Public 2 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 2,238enrollment
  • $12,735net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.06Avg GPA

Mitchell Technical Institute
M
Mitchell, SD
 

Mitchell Technical Institute

Public 2 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 1,203enrollment
  • $12,101net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.09Avg GPA

National American University Rapid City
N
Rapid City, SD
 

National American University Rapid City

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 1,151enrollment
  • $23,855net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.1Avg GPA

National American University Sioux Falls
N
Sioux Falls, SD
 

National American University Sioux Falls

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 155enrollment
  • -net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Kairos University
K
Sioux Falls, SD
 

Kairos University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 917enrollment
  • -net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Oglala Lakota College
O
Kyle, SD
 

Oglala Lakota College

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 1,177enrollment
  • $5,243net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Presentation College
P
Aberdeen, SD
 

Presentation College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 615enrollment
  • $27,553net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 840-1130SAT range
  • 19-22ACT range
  • 3.07Avg GPA

Sinte Gleska University
S
Mission, SD
 

Sinte Gleska University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 544enrollment
  • $14,855net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Aug 24