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Freshman Admission Requirements

For admission to SDSU, we look for one of the following academic achievements:

  • An 18 ACT composite score or SAT Math and Reading/Writing subscore total of 950, OR
  • Level 3 or higher on Math and English Language Arts Smarter Balance Assessment
  • A high school cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher, OR
  • A ranking in the top 60 percent of graduating class

Students should also complete the following core courses with a “C” average or above:

  • 4 years of English (or ACT English sub-score of 18)
  • 3 years of advanced math—Algebra I and higher (or ACT math sub-score of 20)
  • 3 years of laboratory science (or ACT science reasoning sub-score of 17)
  • 3 years of social science (or ACT reading sub-score of 17)
  • 1 year of fine arts (includes vocal, instrumental and studio arts)
  • Basic computer skills (students should have basic keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet and internet skills)

What to submit:

  • Admission application
  • $20 application fee (Skip this if you’ve already attended any South Dakota public university, including SDSU, within the last year.)
  • Final, official high school transcript (Don’t send this yourself; we need to receive it directly from your school.)
  • Official ACT or SAT score report (If these are on your high school transcript, that’s perfect.)
  • Official post-secondary transcripts (If you've enrolled in high school dual credit classes.)