Top Ranked Colleges

The Best Colleges in Ranked for 2018

These are the best four year colleges in as ranked by CollegeSimply. This ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading our 2018 ranking as the best college in is Augustana College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Augustana College 318 815 429
2 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 200 1,266 955
3 South Dakota State University 547 1,376 565
4 University of Sioux Falls 548 1,377 593
5 University of South Dakota 409 1,324 991
6 Dakota State University 546 1,229 1,353
7 Dakota Wesleyan University 1,079 936 1,118
8 Mount Marty College 1,700 702 841
9 Northern State University 950 1,172 1,155
10 Black Hills State University 771 1,151 1,483
11 Presentation College 1,051 1,483 1,300

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.