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Chances of getting into University of South Dakota

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
91%
Admission Difficulty for University of South Dakota
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into USD and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at USD is 91%.  It ranks #8 in South Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. University of South Dakota is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 3,085 out of 3,392 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 percent (SAT 1000/1245 ACT 20/25). University of South Dakota typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.42. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 40% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of South Dakota. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 5% of students submitted SAT scores and 93% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

USD SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1000-1245
Applicants Submitting SAT 
5%
SAT Scores for University of South Dakota
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for University of South Dakota
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 625
SAT Composite 75th 1245
Average SAT Score 1120

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 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 880. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. USD ranks #4 in South Dakota for highest average SAT composite score. 5 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

University of South Dakota admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1245 and Above Good >95%
1122 to 1245 Avg + 91%-95%
1000 to 1122 Avg - 84%-91%
878 to 1000 Reach 74%-84%
Less than 878 Low <74%
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USD ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
20-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
93%
ACT Scores for University of South Dakota
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for University of South Dakota
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 26
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 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. The school ranks #6 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >96%
22 to 25 Avg + 91%-96%
20 to 22 Avg - 86%-91%
18 to 20 Reach 78%-86%
Less than 18 Low <78%
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USD GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.42
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 3.42 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in South Dakota for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.42 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as USD accepts 91% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted University of South Dakota students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 7.04% Good
3.75 to 3.99 28.67% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.81% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.59% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 11.79% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 14.42% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 4.83% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.85% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

71% 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 40%
Top 50% of class 71%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of South Dakota admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,162 1,230 3,392
Accepted 1,988 1,097 3,085
Acceptance Rate 92% 89% 91%
Enrolled 789 443 1,232
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 40% 40%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

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

Application 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 Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not 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?

91% of those who apply are granted admission to USD. Admission competition is and the college has average 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 1000 and 1245. 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 20 and 25. 93% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.