South Dakota State University (SDSU)

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SDSU can be found in Brookings, SD, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 13,000 students enrolled per year at South Dakota State University.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores to SDSU. A score between 1050 to 1260 on the SAT exam, or 19 to 26 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the South Dakota State University (SDSU) average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.98 - 3.38. 90% of all students that apply are granted admission to South Dakota State University, from which 40 percent choose to attend. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected South Dakota State University (SDSU) acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 85%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall South Dakota State University (SDSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for South Dakota State University was reported as 90.0% in Fall 2020 with over 5,860 college applications submitted to this school. 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

  • SDSU ACT Scores: 19 - 26
  • SDSU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into South Dakota State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of SDSU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

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 South Dakota State University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 90.8%
  • 2017-2018: 91.4%
  • 2018-2019: 92.4%
  • 2019-2020: 90.0%
  • Projected SDSU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 84.7%

How Does South Dakota State University (SDSU) Compare?

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National Avg

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

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Southwest Minnesota State University64.2%
University of South Dakota86.4%
Minnesota State University-Mankato62.7%
Saint Cloud State University90.0%
Minnesota State University Moorhead65.4%

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
  • College Prep Classes 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 South Dakota State University (SDSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading520 - 630
Math530 - 630
Total Score1050 - 1260
ACT®Score Range
English18 - 25
Math19 - 26
Composite Score19 - 26
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