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Chances of getting into University of South Dakota

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
86.4%
Admission Difficulty for University of South Dakota
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into USD and can I get accepted? The school has a 86% acceptance rate ranking it #8 in South Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,830 out of 4,434 applicants were admitted making University of South Dakota an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 59 percent. University of South Dakota typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 34% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of South Dakota is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

USD SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
990-1180
Applicants Submitting SAT
5%
SAT Scores for University of South Dakota
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 990
SAT Scores for University of South Dakota
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1180
Average SAT Score 1090

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of South Dakota typically prefers applicants to be in the top 62 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 990 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 1090 out of 1600. The school ranks #7 in South Dakota for highest average SAT composite score. 5 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of South Dakota admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1180 and Above Good >91%
1085 to 1180 Avg + 86%-91%
990 to 1085 Avg - 78%-86%
895 to 990 Reach 68%-78%
Less than 895 Low <68%
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USD ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT
93%
ACT Scores for University of South Dakota
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for University of South Dakota
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that USD 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 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 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 University of South Dakota.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of South Dakota admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >91%
22 to 25 Avg + 86%-91%
19 to 22 Avg - 78%-86%
16 to 19 Reach 68%-78%
Less than 16 Low <68%
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USD GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.36
Typical High School Grades
B+

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

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into USD. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of South Dakota was 3.36 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in South Dakota for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.36 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as USD accepts 86% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of South Dakota students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 28% Good
3.50 to 3.75 18% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 16% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 15% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 17% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 4% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 2% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

73% of University of South Dakota freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of South Dakota students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 15%
Top 25% of class 38%
Top 50% of class 73%
Bottom 50% of class 27%
Bottom 25% of class 7%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of South Dakota admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,810 1,624 4,434
Accepted 2,463 1,367 3,830
Acceptance Rate 88% 84% 86%
Enrolled 861 460 1,321
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 35% 34% 34%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

University of South Dakota Admission Requirements
Test Scores 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 University of South Dakota
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=219471 IPEDS survey data for University of South Dakota.

FAQs

Does University of South Dakota prefer SAT or ACT?

5% of students submit their SAT scores to USD. 93% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

86% of those who apply are granted admission to USD. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of South Dakota?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 990 and 1180. 5% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of South Dakota?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 25. 93% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.