#4 Best Public Universities in South Dakota

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota

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Dakota State University overview
Location Madison, South Dakota
Online dsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Dakota State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Dakota State University, established in 1881, is a public university situated in Madison, South Dakota, approximately 60 miles northwest of Sioux Falls. Acclaimed for its commitment to utilizing technology and innovation in education, DSU offers a distinctive academic profile with a focus on computer management, computer information systems, and other related undergraduate and graduate programs. The campus environment interweaves classic architecture with modern, high-tech facilities, providing a harmonious blend of history and innovation. Dakota State University extends on-campus housing options to its student body, fostering an inclusive living and learning atmosphere. With a less selective admissions process, DSU opens opportunities for a broad range of students while maintaining a commitment to educational rigor. The university's athletic teams, known as the Trojans, participate in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), though athletics are not the central focus of the institution's identity.

In the most recent statistical year 882 prospective students applied, and 696 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 372 enrolled in the school.  1,490 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,751 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,616 plus fees of $2,017. Dakota State is ranked 808 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Dakota State is rated within the lower 40% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Dakota State University overview
SAT 940/1240
ACT 19/27
GPA 3.33

Applications Accepted

Dakota State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $20

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Annual Cost to Attend

South Dakota Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Dakota State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$2,017
Room and Board $8,018
Budget for Other Expenses$5,886
Total One Year Cost$24,737

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Dakota State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$2,017
Room and Board $8,018
Budget for Other Expenses$5,886
Total One Year Cost$27,839

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$42,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

34% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Dakota State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Computer and Information Sciences 28%
Business 25%
Education 22%
Health Professions 14%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 3%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219082 IPEDS survey data for Dakota State University.

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