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Dakota State University

820 N. Washington Avenue, Madison, SD 57042 | (605) 256-5139

#91 in Regional Universities Midwest (tie)


Tuition and Fees (in-state)$9,535 (2020-21)Tuition and Fees (out-of-state)$12,606 (2020-21)Room and Board$7,148 (2020-21)Total Enrollment3,268Application Deadlinerolling

Overview of Dakota State University

Dakota State University is a public institution that was founded in 1881. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,818, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 62 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Dakota State University’s ranking in the 2021 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities Midwest, #91. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,535; out-of-state tuition and fees are $12,606.

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Dakota State University is taking every possible step to maintain the well-being of our campus community while continuing our missions in education and research. Actions taken include adapting our academic calendar, adjusting room capacity, requiring face covering in all indoor public spaces, and implementing a public health campaign, itsaboutcommunity.org.More Information from Dakota State University »

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2019 Endowment

$15.8 million +

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Dakota State University is ranked #91 in Regional Universities Midwest. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

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Dakota State University admissions is selective with an acceptance rate of 77%. Half the applicants admitted to Dakota State University have an SAT score between 1005 and 1270 or an ACT score of 19 and 25. However, one quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges and one quarter scored below these ranges. The application deadline is rolling and the application fee at Dakota State University is $20.



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The student-faculty ratio at Dakota State University is 19:1, and the school has 51.1% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Dakota State University include: Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69%.

Class SizesClasses with fewer than 20 students51.1%20-4947.5%50 or more1.4%

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SEE FULL ACADEMIC LIFE DETAILSStudent Life at Dakota State University

Dakota State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,818, with a gender distribution of 62% male students and 38% female students. At this school, 38% of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 62% of students live off campus. In sports, Dakota State University is part of the NAIA.

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At Dakota State University, 63% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,664.

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In-state tuition and fees$9,535(2020-21)

Out-of-state tuition and fees$12,606(2020-21)

Room and board$7,148(2020-21)

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Dakota State University offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service. Dakota State University also offers campus safety and security services like lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Dakota State University.

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