Dakota State University (Dakota State)

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Dakota State University can be found in Madison, SD, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. About 3,600 students are enrolled at Dakota State University.

Many of the students getting into Dakota State University had an SAT score in the range of 1005 - 1270, or got accepted with an ACT composite score between 19 - 25. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Dakota State average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.98 - 3.33. 77% of all those who apply are accepted to Dakota State University, from which 56 percent choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at dsu.edu.

Overall Dakota State Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Dakota State University was reported as 77.4% in Fall 2020 with over 978 college applications submitted to Dakota State. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Dakota State ACT Scores: 19 - 25
  • Dakota State Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Dakota State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Dakota State University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Dakota State University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 82.7%
  • 2017-2018: 84.4%
  • 2018-2019: 83.2%
  • 2019-2020: 77.4%
  • Projected Dakota State Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 75.4%

How Does Dakota State Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Dakota State University is thirty-seven percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Sioux Falls91.5%
Augustana College66.9%
Dakota Wesleyan University66.7%
Dordt College75.5%
Mount Marty College71.6%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Dakota State (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading500 - 640
Math505 - 630
Total Score1005 - 1270
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 25
Math19 - 26
Composite Score19 - 25
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