South Dakota State University.

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is a public land-grant research university in Brookings, South Dakota. Founded in 1881, it is the state's largest and most comprehensive university and the oldest continually-operating university in South Dakota. The university is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, which governs the state's six public universities and two special schools. South Dakota State University is a land-grant university founded under the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act. This land-grant heritage and mission has led the university to place a special focus on academic programs in agriculture, engineering, nursing, and pharmacy, as well as liberal arts. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". The graduate program is classified as Doctoral, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math dominant.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 9,704 students
  • 0.21 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at South Dakota State University

Agricultural Economics
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Agricultural Economics, Animal Sciences, Food Science, Natural Resource Management, Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, and Molecular Biology.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

5,072 students out of 5,551 applicants were accepted into South Dakota State University. They had an average SAT score of 1144. 3% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 97% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at South Dakota State University was $11,689, while for in-state students it was $8,441. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $23,057.

The average financial aid at South Dakota State University is $2,995. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $8,694 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at South Dakota State University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

54% of undergraduate students at South Dakota State University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at South Dakota State University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South Dakota State University was of $8,563 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500.

Diversity at South Dakota State University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017