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Dakota State Demographics & Diversity

Madison, South Dakota

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very Low

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Dakota State are mostly White with a small Hispanic population. The school has very low racial diversity. 16% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Dakota State University students
Race Percent of Students
White 84%
Black 4%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 1%
American Indian / Alaskan 1%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
International 1%
Race Unknown 1%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 52% more male students than female students enrolled at Dakota State University with a gender ratio of 60% men to 40% women. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Dakota State has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of females.

Male to female gender ratio for Dakota State University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 60%
Women 40%
Enrollment by gender for Dakota State University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 2,042
Women 1,340

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

Dakota State serves a low number of students outside of South Dakota, with 60 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Dakota State University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 60%
Out of State 39%
Foreign 1%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$52,093 per year

32% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 26.6%
Part time Undergrads 34.4%

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