The Best South Dakota Colleges

The Best Colleges in South Dakota for 2024

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in South Dakota as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2024 as the best overall college in South Dakota is South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The top rated public state college is also South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


8 results

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
S
Rapid City, SD

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in South Dakota

  • 2,416enrollment
  • $19,799net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1155-1355SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Augustana University
A
Sioux Falls, SD

Augustana University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in South Dakota

  • 2,022enrollment
  • $24,322net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1300SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA

University of South Dakota
S
Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in South Dakota

  • 9,464enrollment
  • $18,480net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1290SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.43Avg GPA

South Dakota State University
S
Brookings, SD

South Dakota State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in South Dakota

  • 11,465enrollment
  • $17,894net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 980-1220SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Mount Marty College
M
Yankton, SD
 

Mount Marty College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Private Colleges in South Dakota

  • 1,236enrollment
  • $18,924net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 810-1050SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.35Avg GPA

Northern State University
N
Aberdeen, SD
 

Northern State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in South Dakota

  • 3,340enrollment
  • $16,404net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1190SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.37Avg GPA

Dakota State University
D
Madison, SD

Dakota State University

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in South Dakota

  • 3,219enrollment
  • $17,861net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1245SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA

Black Hills State University
B
Spearfish, SD
 

Black Hills State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in South Dakota

  • 3,539enrollment
  • $16,706net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 970-1150SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.22Estimated Avg GPA