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Top Ranked South Dakota Colleges


The Best Colleges in South Dakota Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in South Dakota as ranked by CollegeSimply. This South Dakota 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 the 2019 ranking as the best college in South Dakota is Augustana College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in South Dakota
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Augustana College 312 766 428
2 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 186 1,240 952
3 South Dakota State University 388 1,406 562
4 University of Sioux Falls 285 1,437 590
5 University of South Dakota 491 1,335 988
6 Dakota State University 441 1,274 1,349
7 Dakota Wesleyan University 738 1,032 1,114
8 Mount Marty College 1,693 736 838
9 Black Hills State University 534 1,334 1,477
10 Northern State University 864 1,352 1,151
11 Presentation College 1,064 1,510 1,296

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.