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Acceptance Rate 82.92%
Yield (Enrollment Ratio) 33.51%
Applicants 22,105
Admitted 18,330
Enrolled 6,143

Applying To South Dakota Colleges

The average acceptance rate is 82.92% at South Dakota colleges and universities where total 22,105 students have applied and 18,330 have been accepted. The average undergraduate application fees is $34.00 and the graduate application fees is $39.00. Next table presents the general admission information for applying to South Dakota colleges.
General Admission Information of South Dakota Colleges
Open Admission Policy15 out of 31 schools
Average Undergraduate Application Fees$ 34.00
Average Graduate Application Fees$ 39.00
Average Acceptance Rate82.92%
Average Yield (Enrollment Rate)33.51%
Average Test Scores1,102 SAT / 22 ACT

Acceptance Rates and Headcounts

For academic year 2021-2022, total 22,105 students (10,130 men and 11,922 women) applied to and 18,330 (8,287 men and 10,054 women) students were accepted to admit South Dakota Colleges. Among them, 2,901 men and 3,280 women were enrolled into South Dakota schools. The average acceptance rate is 82.92% and admission yield (enrollment rate) is 33.51%. The table below shows the South Dakota colleges admission statistics including admission and enrolment rates.
Admission Statistics for South Dakota Colleges (2021-2022)
TotalMenWomen
Applicants22,10510,13011,922
Admitted18,3308,28710,054
Enrolled6,1432,9013,280
Acceptance Rate 82.92% 81.81% 84.33%
Enrollment Ratio 33.51% 35.01% 32.62%
[Chart]South Dakota Colleges Average Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

For South Dakota college, 370 students (7.00% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 4,626 students (72.00%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score is 1,215 and 25th percentile score is 989. For ACT scores, 75th percentile score is 74 and 25th percentile score is 54. Next table shows the detail SAT and ACT scores distribution of enrolled students at South Dakota colleges and universities.
SAT and ACT Score Distribution at South Dakota Colleges
25th Percentile75th Percentile
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing491.00607.00
SAT Math498.00608.00
ACT Composite19.0025.00
ACT Math18.0025.00
ACT English17.0024.00
[Chart] SAT/ACT Distribution - South Dakota Colleges
[Chart] Average SAT Scores - South Dakota Colleges
[Chart] Average ACT Scores - South Dakota Colleges

Calendar System and Accepted Credits

In South Dakota State, 17 schools use semester calendar systems and 5 schools are based on quarter system. Next table lists the number of schools with their calendar systems.
Semester17 out of 31 schools
Quarter5 out of 31 schools
Trimester0 out of 31 schools
Four-one-four plan3 out of 31 schools
Other academic year2 out of 31 schools
Differs by program2 out of 31 schools
Continuous2 out of 31 schools
Next table describes credits that South Dakota colleges and universities are accepting for their students
Dual Credits23 out of 31 schools
Credits for Life Experiences16 out of 31 schools
Advanced placement (AP) Credits22 out of 31 schools
Credit for Military Training20 out of 31 schools

Application Requirements

10 South Dakota schools require High School GPA and 9 schools require High School Record (or Transcript). The test scores such as SAT and ACT are required by 1 South Dakota colleges. Next table summarizes the application requirements for applying to South Dakota colleges.
Admission Checklist for South Dakota Colleges
RequiredRecommended
High School GPA100
High School Rank42
High School Record (or Transcript)90
Completion of College Preparatory Program43
Recommendations10
Formal Demonstration of Competencies00
Admission Test Scores11
TOEFL71
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)00