Best Research Universities in South Dakota 2022

Best Research Universities in South Dakota 2022

Interested in attending a STEM school in South Dakota? Our ranking of top research universities for bachelor’s degrees displays schools that will best prepare you for STEM careers.

Best Research Universities in South Dakota 2022

  1. University of South Dakota
  2. South Dakota State University

Colleges and Universities in South Dakota

Almost 20 higher education institutions award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the state, and only two schools exceed 5,000 in student population. The average college tuition in the state is $8,450, which is under the national average. Of the 11 public institutions, South Dakota State University is the largest with just over 10,000 students, and it has a tuition of $9,000.

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With a comparable tuition, the University of South Dakota is the second largest and located in Vermillion. Students can earn degrees in areas such as earth science, physics, and engineering. Eight private schools offer degrees ranging in tuition from $3,000 to $33,000. Many of these universities are religiously affiliated, Augustana University being the largest and most expensive. This Lutheran university is located in Sioux Falls and offers programs in economics, psychology, and biology. The most affordable colleges, Oglala Lakota College and Sinte Gleska University, are both tribal institutions charging $3,000 in fees.

Two monuments are carved into the rock of the Black Hills: Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. In addition to its majestic mountains, South Dakota’s lands are some of the richest in fossils. Badlands National Park is home to unique rock formations as well as the fossils of saber-toothed cats, three-toed horses, and ancient marine animals. With vast plains and unique mountains, South Dakota offers a stunning setting for students looking to earn their degree in The Mount Rushmore State.

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A research university is a great option for students interested in obtaining STEM degrees. Research universities invest heavily in research, which consequently provides meaningful and extensive opportunities for its students and faculty to participate in research. We’ve identified 2 research universities in South Dakota. To be included in our ranking, schools must be a fully accredited universities and must must offer doctoral degrees across the range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

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Best Research Universities in South Dakota 2022

  1. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/22

    University of South Dakota’s Online Degrees

    BS Addiction Counseling and Prevention
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS/BA Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS/BA Psychology
    Degree Concentrations
    • Disaster Response
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Business Administration
    Degree Concentrations
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Nursing
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS/BA Economics
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of General Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS/BA Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/22

    South Dakota State University’s Online Degrees

    BS Nursing (RN-to-BSN)
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS/BA Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Geographic Information Sciences
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS/BA Geography
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Early Education and Care
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of General Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Human Development and Family Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of South Dakota
  2. South Dakota State University

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