Dakota State Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Dakota State University
|Applicant Competition||Very Low|
How hard is it to get into Dakota State and can I get accepted? The school has a 84% acceptance rate ranking it #5 in South Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 820 out of 972 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 challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 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
Applicants Submitting SAT6%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||530|
|SAT Math 25th||500|
|SAT Composite 25th||1030|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||670|
|SAT Math 75th||640|
|SAT Composite 75th||1310|
|Average SAT Score||1170|
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 requires applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 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 890. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1170 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in South Dakota for highest average SAT composite score. 6 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1310 and Above||Good||>90%|
|1170 to 1310||Avg +||84%-90%|
|1030 to 1170||Avg -||76%-84%|
|890 to 1030||Reach||64%-76%|
|Less than 890||Low||<64%|
Dakota State ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT93%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||18|
|ACT Math 25th||18|
|ACT Composite 25th||19|
|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 93 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Dakota State University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|26 and Above||Good||>91%|
|22 to 26||Avg +||84%-91%|
|19 to 22||Avg -||77%-84%|
|16 to 19||Reach||68%-77%|
|Less than 16||Low||<68%|
Avg. High School GPA3.1
Typical High School GradesB
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 84% of all applicants.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
56% of Dakota State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||41%||49%||46%|
What are the requirements for admission to Dakota State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
|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.