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.
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..
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||500|
|SAT Math 25th||500|
|SAT Composite 25th||1000|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||620|
|SAT Math 75th||625|
|SAT Composite 75th||1245|
|Average SAT Score||1120
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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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||18|
|ACT Math 25th||19|
|ACT Composite 25th||20|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||25|
|ACT Math 75th||26|
|ACT Composite 75th||25|
|Average ACT Score||22
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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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||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
71% of University of South Dakota freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||15%|
|Top 25% of class||40%|
|Top 50% of class||71%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||40%||40%||40%|
The cost for prospective students to apply to University of South Dakota is $20.
What are the requirements for admission to University of South Dakota and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
5% of students submit their SAT scores to USD. 93% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.