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South Dakota State University Admission Requirements

Brookings, South Dakota

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Chances of getting into South Dakota State University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
89%
Admission Difficulty for South Dakota State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into South Dakota State University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at South Dakota State University is 89%.  It ranks #7 in South Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. South 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, 4,705 out of 5,290 applicants were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 percent (SAT 1000/1300 ACT 20/26). South Dakota State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.49. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 44% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The South Dakota State University application fee is $20 and applications are due by Apr 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to South Dakota State University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 4% of students submitted SAT scores and 95% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

South Dakota State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1000-1300
Applicants Submitting SAT 
4%
SAT Scores for South Dakota State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for South Dakota State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1300
Average SAT Score 1150

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

South Dakota State University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 60 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 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 850. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1150 out of 1600. South Dakota State University ranks #3 in South Dakota for highest average SAT composite score. 4 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

South Dakota State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1300 and Above Good >94%
1150 to 1300 Avg + 89%-94%
1000 to 1150 Avg - 81%-89%
850 to 1000 Reach 69%-81%
Less than 850 Low <69%
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South Dakota State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
95%
ACT Scores for South Dakota State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for South 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 South Dakota State University?

Admission data indicates that South Dakota State University 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 95 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to South Dakota State University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

South Dakota State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >94%
23 to 26 Avg + 89%-94%
20 to 23 Avg - 81%-89%
17 to 20 Reach 69%-81%
Less than 17 Low <69%
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South Dakota State University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.49
Typical High School Grades 
B+

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

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into South Dakota State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at South Dakota State University was 3.49 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in South Dakota for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.49 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as South Dakota State University accepts 89% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted South Dakota State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 10.28% Good
3.75 to 3.99 29.48% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.76% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.28% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 10.72% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 12.57% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 3.42% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.49% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

75% of South Dakota State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted South Dakota State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 18%
Top 25% of class 43%
Top 50% of class 75%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

South Dakota State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,882 2,398 5,290
Accepted 2,599 2,105 4,705
Acceptance Rate 90% 88% 89%
Enrolled 1,137 950 2,087
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 44% 45% 44%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
127

Applicants have 127 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Apr 15, 2023.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

South 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 Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at South 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=219356 IPEDS survey data for South Dakota State University.

FAQs

Does South Dakota State University prefer SAT or ACT?

4% of students submit their SAT scores to South Dakota State University. 95% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into South Dakota State University?

89% of those who apply are granted admission to South Dakota State University. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for South Dakota State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1300. 4% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for South Dakota State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 95% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.