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Acceptance Rate

86.9%
Admission Difficulty for University of South Dakota
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

Can I get into USD? The school has a 87% acceptance rate. Last year, 3,359 out of 3,865 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 average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 46 percent. University of South Dakota typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 40% 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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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1090-1300
Applicants Submitting SAT
3%
SAT Scores for University of South Dakota
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1090
SAT Scores for University of South Dakota
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1300
Estimated Average SAT 1200
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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of South Dakota?

University of South Dakota typically requires applicants to be in the top 43 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1090 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 980. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. 3 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of South Dakota admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1300 and Above Good >92%
1195 to 1300 Avg + 87%-92%
1090 to 1195 Avg - 80%-87%
985 to 1090 Reach 70%-80%
Less than 985 Low <70%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
20-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT
93%
ACT Scores for University of South Dakota
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for University of South Dakota
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 25
Estimated Average ACT 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 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 18 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. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 93 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of South Dakota.

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 >93%
22 to 25 Avg + 87%-93%
20 to 22 Avg - 81%-87%
18 to 20 Reach 74%-81%
Less than 18 Low <74%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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

You will need above average high school grades to get into University of South Dakota. 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. If your high school grades are above the average 3.36 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as USD accepts 87% 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 Admission Chances
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

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%

Admission Statistics

University of South Dakota admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,395 1,470 3,865
Accepted 2,116 1,243 3,359
Acceptance Rate 88% 85% 87%
Enrolled 844 497 1,341
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 40% 40%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of South Dakota and what considerations affect 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 Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
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.