|Applicant Competition||Very 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.
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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||500|
|SAT Math 25th||490|
|SAT Composite 25th||990|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||600|
|SAT Math 75th||580|
|SAT Composite 75th||1180|
|Average SAT Score||1090|
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
|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%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||18|
|ACT Math 25th||18|
|ACT Composite 25th||19|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||25|
|ACT Math 75th||25|
|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 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
|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%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
73% 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||38%|
|Top 50% of class||73%|
|Bottom 50% of class||27%|
|Bottom 25% of class||7%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||35%||34%||34%|
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?
|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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.