Overview

Applicants
5,173
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average HS GPA
3.37

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 580

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
696
with Terminal Degree
464

350
Women
346
Men
94
Minority
33
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural Communication/Journalism
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Mechanization, General
  • Agricultural Production Operations, General
  • Agricultural Public Services, Other
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
  • Dairy Science
  • Food Science
  • Range Science and Management

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Landscape Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American Indian/Native American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Health Communication
  • Journalism
  • Journalism, Other
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Public Relations/Image Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Manufacturing Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
  • Consumer Economics
  • Consumer Services and Advocacy
  • Family and Community Services
  • Family Resource Management Studies, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Nutrition
  • Work and Family Studies

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
  • Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Science
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law (LL.M., M.S., J.S.D./S.J.D.)

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Community Organization and Advocacy

  • Social Sciences

  • Cartography
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
  • Flight Instructor

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Tom Daschle
Senate minority leader

Mike Rounds
Former Governor of SD

Amanda LaFollette
Managing Director, Famous Door Theatre, Chicago

Adam Vinatieri
NFL

Adam Timmerman
NFL

Mary Beth McAdaragh
VP of Marketing, NBC Enterprises

Justin Williams
Biomedical Engineer, Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,585

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,755

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,709

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
75%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,796

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,155
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$10,386
Required Fees
$1,017
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,950
Transportation for Commuters
$3,175

On-Campus Room and Board
$7,743
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
10,959

Demographics

1.88%
African-American
2.16%
Hispanic
87.22%
Caucasian
4.32%
International

53% female
47% male
77% are full time
23% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Nancy Hartenhoff-Crooks, M.S., Coordinator

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-III; WISC-R; WRAT

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Our web page has a link to a documentation form which we ask students to have their medical professional complete.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
200
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Jackrabbits)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Jackrabbits)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

72/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
5

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Fujitsu

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
Enrollment Services Center Admissions-B
Brookings, SD 57007

Phone
1-800-952-3541

Email
sdsu.admissions@sdstate.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Performing Arts Center
Dairy Bar
University Student Union
Frost Arena
South Dakota Art Museum
Northern Plains Bio-Stress Laboratory South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum Wellness Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
McCrory Gardens
Brookings Arts Festival
Prairie Repertory Theatre (Summer)
Oakwood Lakes State Park
City Bike Trail

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Various Fridays throughout school year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
sdsu.admissions@sdstate.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, Brookings Airport, Bus line - these are local and limited.

Driving Instructions to Campus
SDSU is located just a couple of blocks west of the intersection of US Hwy 14 and Interstate I-29.


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