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Madison, South Dakota

Dakota State Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Dakota State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
83.2%
Admission Difficulty for Dakota State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Dakota State and can I get accepted? The school has a 83% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in South Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 879 out of 1,056 applicants were admitted making Dakota State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 58 percent. Dakota State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 46% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Dakota State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
960-1220
Applicants Submitting SAT
9%
SAT Scores for Dakota State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 960
SAT Scores for Dakota State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 610
SAT Composite 75th 1220
Average SAT Score 1090

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Dakota State University?

Dakota State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 68 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 960 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 830. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1090 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in South Dakota for highest average SAT composite score. 9 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Dakota State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1220 and Above Good >89%
1090 to 1220 Avg + 83%-89%
960 to 1090 Avg - 74%-83%
830 to 960 Reach 63%-74%
Less than 830 Low <63%
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Dakota State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
90%
ACT Scores for Dakota State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Dakota State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Dakota State?

Admission data indicates that Dakota State regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in South Dakota for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 90 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Dakota State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Dakota State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >89%
23 to 26 Avg + 83%-89%
20 to 23 Avg - 74%-83%
17 to 20 Reach 63%-74%
Less than 17 Low <63%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.1
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into Dakota State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Dakota State University was 3.1 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in South Dakota for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.1 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Dakota State accepts 83% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Dakota State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 16% Good
3.50 to 3.75 12% Good
3.25 to 3.50 16% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 19% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 21% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 11% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 5% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

56% of Dakota State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Dakota State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 6%
Top 25% of class 22%
Top 50% of class 56%
Bottom 50% of class 44%
Bottom 25% of class 17%

Admission Statistics

Dakota State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 391 665 1,056
Accepted 315 564 879
Acceptance Rate 81% 85% 83%
Enrolled 100 305 405
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 54% 46%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Dakota State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Dakota State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Dakota State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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

Frequently Asked Questions

9% of students submit their SAT scores to Dakota State. 90% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

83% of those who apply are granted admission to Dakota State. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 960 and 1220. 9% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 90% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.