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#5 Best Public Universities in South Dakota

Dakota State Admission Requirements

Madison, South Dakota

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Chances of getting into Dakota State University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
84%
Admission Difficulty for Dakota State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Dakota State and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Dakota State is 84%.  It ranks #5 in South Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. Dakota State University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 595 out of 712 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 58 percent (SAT 1010/1190 ACT 19/26). Dakota State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.33. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. Of those applicants who were admitted, 64% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Dakota State University is a prized outcome for many students.

The Dakota State application fee is $20 and applications are due by Jul 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Dakota State University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 9% of students submitted SAT scores and 90% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Dakota State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1010-1190
Applicants Submitting SAT 
9%
SAT Scores for Dakota State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1010
SAT Scores for Dakota State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1190
Average SAT Score 1100

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Dakota State University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 59 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 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 920. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1100 out of 1600. Dakota State ranks #6 in South Dakota for highest average SAT composite score. 9 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Dakota State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1190 and Above Good >91%
1100 to 1190 Avg + 84%-91%
1010 to 1100 Avg - 73%-84%
920 to 1010 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 920 Low <59%
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Dakota State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
19-26 
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 19
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 22

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 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Dakota State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >92%
22 to 26 Avg + 84%-92%
19 to 22 Avg - 75%-84%
16 to 19 Reach 64%-75%
Less than 16 Low <64%
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Dakota State GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.33
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Dakota State University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Dakota State. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Dakota State University was 3.33 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in South Dakota for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.33 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Dakota State accepts 84% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Dakota State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 9.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 21.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 15.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 12.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 15.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 10.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 1.0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

60.37% 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 10.06%
Top 25% of class 29.57%
Top 50% of class 60%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Dakota State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 235 471 712
Accepted 194 395 595
Acceptance Rate 83% 84% 84%
Enrolled 115 268 383
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 59% 68% 64%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
168

Applicants have 168 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jul 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Dakota State University is $20.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Dakota State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Dakota State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor 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.

FAQs

Does Dakota State University prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Dakota State University?

84% 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.

What SAT score is required for Dakota State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1010 and 1190. 9% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Dakota State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 26. 90% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.