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Number of
4-year colleges in South Dakota

46,768

Students attending
4-year colleges in South Dakota

$13,266

Average
in-state tuition

$14,405

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

Total undergraduates: 1,700
Acceptance rate: 69%
Average annual cost: $19,974
Average salary: $41,600
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Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, SD

Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, SD

Total undergraduates: 3,896
Acceptance rate: 79%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $34,900
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Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Total undergraduates: 2,820
Acceptance rate: 82%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $36,700
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Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, SD

Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, SD

Total undergraduates: 1,042
Acceptance rate: 72%
Average annual cost: $20,033
Average salary: $35,500
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Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Mount Marty College

Yankton, SD

Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Mount Marty College

Yankton, SD

Total undergraduates: 1,047
Acceptance rate: 64%
Average annual cost: $20,894
Average salary: $33,800
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Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD

Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD

Total undergraduates: 2,991
Acceptance rate: 81%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $34,100
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Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, SD

OUR VISION is for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to be recognized as an exceptional engineering and science university. OUR MISSION is to prepare leaders in engineering and science; to advance knowledge and its application; and to serve the state of South Dakota, the region, and the nation.

Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, SD

Total undergraduates: 2,872
Acceptance rate: 84%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $54,200
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Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

187 US News

Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

Total undergraduates: 13,235
Acceptance rate: 90%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $42,000
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Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD

The University of Sioux Falls, a Christian University in the liberal arts tradition, educates students in the humanities, sciences and professions. The traditional motto of the University is Culture for Service, that is, we seek to foster academic excellence and the development of mature Christian persons, for service to God and humankind in the world.

Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD

Total undergraduates: 1,224
Acceptance rate: 91%
Average annual cost: $20,316
Average salary: $38,800
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Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

180 US News

Best colleges in South Dakota 2018

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

Total undergraduates: 10,096
Acceptance rate: 88%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $40,200
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

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