South Dakota State University's Admission Requirements

Admissions Rate

92%
Your Chancing: Phase 1

SAT

Average SAT

1135

SAT 25th-75th

1010 - 1260

Students Submitting SAT

4%

Math

Average (25th - 75th)
520 - 640

Reading and Writing

Average (25th - 75th)
490 - 620

Recommendation

You should work toward getting your SAT score at or above the average score. However, if you’re making a tradeoff on what to improve – remember that SAT scores are important, but carry less weight than GPA and coursework.

Read about how to increase your SAT score.

ACT

Average ACT

23

ACT 25th-75th

20 - 26

Students Submitting ACT

95%

Math

Average (25th - 75th)
19 - 26

English

Average (25th - 75th)
18 - 25

Recommendation

You should work toward getting your ACT score at or above the average score. However, if you’re making a tradeoff on what to improve – remember that ACT scores are important, but carry less weight than GPA and coursework.

SAT II

Recommendation

If you are applying to selective colleges and if it is safe to do so, you should consider taking 2–3 SAT II exams.

Learn about COVID-19 test policies

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Your Chancing: Phase 2

Extracurriculars

Your extracurriculars can have a big impact on your admissions chances. Add in your activities to our Chancing Calculator to see their impact.

Recommendation letters

Having a great recommendation sometimes improves your chances, but it’s most important to make sure that you’re not disqualified because one is missing.

Application requirements

Accepts Common App
Yes

Considers class rank
Yes

Recommendation letters
Recommended

TOEFL Policy (International Applicants)
Required

SAT/ACT Testing policy
Required

Which tests students typically submit

SAT: 4%
ACT: 95%
Policies change during COVID-19; please confirm by looking at this school's website.
Learn about chancing

We evaluate your profile like colleges do, in two phases:

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Phase 1
Academics:
Very important

Meet academic requirement for the demographic group you are in

Phase 2
Extracurriculars:
Important
Essays:
Very important
Interviews:
Less important
Rec letters:
Less important
Other holistic factors:
Somewhat important
Phase 1

The college reviews your academic profile to make sure that you are qualified. For applicants who don’t meet academic requirements, chances of acceptance drop significantly, regardless of their strength elsewhere.

Phase 2

Then college reviews the holistic parts of your application to choose from the students who made it past Phase 1.


How does the chancing calculator help me without counting in all the holistic factors?

You can use it as your baseline for building school lists, improving your profile, and coming up with application strategies.