South Dakota State University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,697
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$17,894
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.72%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
88.9%
5,290 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
11,405
72.8% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
58.8%
1,249 Graduates

About

South Dakota State University is a higher education institution located in Brookings County, SD. In 2020, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at South Dakota State University were Registered Nursing (313 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (94 degrees), and General Animal Sciences (82 degrees).

In 2020, 2,710 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at South Dakota State University. 56.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,284 degrees), 40.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (56 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at South Dakota State University is $7,697, which is $−20,866 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,563).

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The median undergraduate tuition at South Dakota State University is $7,697, which is $−20,866 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,563).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,894.

In 2020, 70% of undergraduate students attending South Dakota State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 51% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$7,697
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at South Dakota State University was $7,697. The cost of tuition at South Dakota State University is $−20,866 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,563).

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Average Net Price

$17,894
2020 Value
1.65%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 South Dakota State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,894. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of South Dakota State University grew by 1.65%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,416
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South Dakota State University was of $8,416 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board decreased by 1.72% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 20% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

70%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
51%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

70% of undergraduate students at South Dakota State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 27.3% with respect to 2019, when 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.72%
2018 Default Rate
76
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at South Dakota State University was 2.72%, which represents 76 out of the 2793 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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predictive-analysisAdmissions

South Dakota State University received 5,290 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 9.74% annual decline. Out of those 5,290 applicants, 4,705 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 88.9% acceptance rate.

There were 11,405 students enrolled at South Dakota State University in 2020, and 4% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

South Dakota State University has an overall enrollment yield of 44.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

88.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
4,705
Accepted Out of 5,290

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of South Dakota State University was 88.9% (4,705 admissions from 5,290 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 90%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −9.74%, while admissions declined by −10.8%.

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SAT Scores

4%
Submission Percentage
74
Scores Submitted

4% of enrolled first-time students at South Dakota State University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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South Dakota State University has a total enrollment of 11,405 students. The full-time enrollment at South Dakota State University is 8,301 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,104. This means that 72.8% of students enrolled at South Dakota State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at South Dakota State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 84.7% White, 2.61% Hispanic or Latino, 2.18% Two or More Races, 1.91% Black or African American, 1.23% Asian, 1.08% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0438% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at South Dakota State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (46.7%), followed by White Male (41.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (1.28%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.8%), followed by White Male (25.1%) and Black or African American Male (1.56%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

72.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at South Dakota State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,405 students. The full-time enrollment at South Dakota State University is 8,301 and the part-time enrollment is 3,104. This means that 72.8% of students enrolled at South Dakota State University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.5% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at South Dakota State University was 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (85%), South Dakota State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    9,663
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    298
  3. Two or More Races
    249

The enrolled student population at South Dakota State University is 84.7% White, 2.61% Hispanic or Latino, 2.18% Two or More Races, 1.91% Black or African American, 1.23% Asian, 1.08% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0438% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.69% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 103 students (0.903%) did not report their race.

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In 2020, 336 more women than men received degrees from South Dakota State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at South Dakota State University is white (2,284 degrees awarded). There were 40.8 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (56 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at South Dakota State University is Registered Nursing (313 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (94 degrees) and General Animal Sciences (82 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at South Dakota State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Agriculture (368 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (52 degrees), and Human Sciences (159 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Dakota State University are Other managers (105,792 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (97,602 people), Architects, except landscape and naval (93,035 people), Postsecondary teachers (74,143 people), and Software developers (53,787 people).

The most specialized majors at South Dakota State University are Agriculture (368 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (52 degrees), Human Sciences (159 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (85 degrees), and Math & Statistics (87 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Dakota State University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Dentists, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at South Dakota State University are Agriculture (368 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (52 degrees), Human Sciences (159 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (85 degrees), and Math & Statistics (87 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Dakota State University are Elementary & secondary schools (209,676 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (161,701 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (139,184 people), Computer Systems Design (82,655 people), and Construction (74,674 people).

The most specialized majors at South Dakota State University are Agriculture (368 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (52 degrees), Human Sciences (159 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (85 degrees), and Math & Statistics (87 degrees).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by South Dakota State University.
Most Common
  1. 313 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 94 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 82 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at South Dakota State University was Registered Nursing with 313 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,187
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,523
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 1,187 degrees were awarded to men at South Dakota State University, which is 0.779 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,523).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 94 degrees were awarded to men at South Dakota State University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 10.4 times more than the 9 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 310 degrees were awarded to women at South Dakota State University in Registered Nursing, which is 5.85 times more than the 53 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

36%
100% Completion Time
57%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 36% of students graduating from South Dakota State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 57% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 58% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (64.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at South Dakota State University is Female and White (64.2% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.0801% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,284 degrees awarded
  2. Two or More Races
    56 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    52 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at South Dakota State University is white (2,284 degrees awarded). There were 40.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (56 degrees).

0.406% of degree recipients (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,328 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    956 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races Female
    32 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at South Dakota State University is white female (1,328 degrees awarded). There were 1.39 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (956 degrees).

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South Dakota State University has an endowment valued at nearly $177M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.17M (0.663%), compared to the 3.43% average return ($10.5M on $307M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, South Dakota State University had a total salary expenditure of $302M. South Dakota State University employs 132 Professors, 106 Assistant professors, and 100 Associate professors. Most academics at South Dakota State University are Male Professors (93), Male Associate professors(66), and Female Lecturers (56).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Dakota State University are: Management, with 192 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 164 employees, and Service with 148 employees.

Endowment

$177M
2020 Endowment
21.1%
growth from 2019

South Dakota State University has an endowment valued at about $177M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of South Dakota State University grew 21.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $130M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

This line chart shows how the endowment at South Dakota State University (in red) compares to that of some similar universities.

The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $26.6M - Federal
  2. $5.43M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, South Dakota State University received $26.6M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $5.43M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$126M
2020 Salaries
1%
decline from 2019

In 2020, South Dakota State University paid a median of $126M in salaries, which represents 41.7% of their overall expenditure ($302M) and a 1% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.624% decline from 2018 and a 3.22% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (42.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$40.8M
Instructional Salaries
497
Number of Employees

In 2020, South Dakota State University paid a total of $40.8M to 497 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $70.3M (29.6%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
132 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
192 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at South Dakota State University were Professor with 132 employees; Assistant professor with 106 employees; and Assistant professor with 100 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Dakota State University were Management with 192 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 164 employees; and Service with 148 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at South Dakota State University was Male Professor with 93 employees, Male Associate professor with 66 employees, and Female Lecturer with 56 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at South Dakota State University.

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