2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$17,859

Net Price

87%

Admitted

40%

Enrolled

60%

Graduation Rate

17/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

South Dakota State University

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 11,465. In 2021, there were 129 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #1 in South Dakota and ranks #295 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master

Psychology Graduates

129

Total Enrollment

11,465

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Ranking for South Dakota State University

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#1

South Dakota Rank

Combining ranking factors for 10 schools that offer psychology degrees in South Dakota, South Dakota State University ranks #1.

#295

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., South Dakota State University ranks #295.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, South Dakota State University offers General Psychology at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers Counseling and Applied Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMA
Counseling and Applied Psychology23
Counseling Psychology21
General Psychology80
Industrial Organizational Psychology2
Marriage and Family Therapy1
Mental Health Counseling2
Total Graduates8049
US Department of Education

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 5,774 students applied to the South Dakota State University. The university admitted 87% and 40% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for South Dakota universities is 1,998. On average, all South Dakota institutions admit 80% and 35% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of South Dakota State University students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 80%. Compared to all South Dakota four or more years colleges, the percentage is 67%.

The overall graduation rate for South Dakota State University is 60%, compared to 51% for all South Dakota universities.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Credit for life experiences, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare SDSU to South Dakota Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of South Dakota State University to the average of all South Dakota four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

SDSU

5,774

Applicants

87%

Percent Admitted

40%

Percent Enrolled

80%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

60%

Graduation Rate

SD Colleges

1,998

Applicants

80%

Percent Admitted

35%

Percent Enrolled

67%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

51%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 669 or 80% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 163 or 20% part-time faculty members employed at South Dakota State University. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 481 or 58%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

SDSU

17 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

80%

Percent Full-Time

20%

Percent Part-Time

58%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

SD Colleges

13 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

55%

Percent Full-Time

45%

Percent Part-Time

52%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at South Dakota State University the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $7,773, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $8,164 and the average cost for graduate fees is $1,220.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend South Dakota State University in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for South Dakota State University2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$8,054
On-Campus Living Expenses$4,063
Total Living Expenses$12,117
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$7,773
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,200
Total Undergraduate Expenses$21,090
In-State, Graduate Tuition$8,164
In-State, Graduate Fees$1,220
Total Graduate Expenses$9,384
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend South Dakota State University is $17,859. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend South Dakota State University presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$14,171$13,901
$30,001 – $48,000$14,846$15,639
$48,001 – $75,000$18,826$18,038
$75,001 – $110,000$20,393$19,546
$110,001 and more$20,110$19,975
US Department of Education

Compare South Dakota State University to all South Dakota universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

SDSU

$21,090

Cost to Attend

$5,323

Average Financial Aid

94%

Percent Receiving Aid

$17,859

Net Price

SD Colleges

$28,901

Cost to Attend

$10,487

Average Financial Aid

89%

Percent Receiving Aid

$18,700

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 1,906 or 94%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 6,388 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $5,323.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid6,388$5,323
Pell Grants1,842$4,429
Federal Student Loans4,889$6,477
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the South Dakota State University to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

SDSU

6,388

Grant or Scholarship Aid

49%

Grants or Scholarships

1,842

Number of Pell Grants

14%

Pell Grants

4,889

Federal Student Loans

37%

Federal Student Loans

SD Colleges

1,641

Grant or Scholarship Aid

49%

Grants or Scholarships

564

Number of Pell Grants

17%

Pell Grants

1,138

Federal Student Loans

34%

Federal Student Loans

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