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Awards and Rankings

Numerous entities rank South Dakota State University’s colleges and academic programs among the nation’s best. 
And the same goes for the Brookings community. Here’s a look at some of our awards and rankings.

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Brookings scores 100 on equality index for fifth straight year

For the sixth-straight year, Brookings has received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

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Recent Awards and Rankings

Top 10 Most Arts-Vibrant Small Communities in the U.S. 2023: No. 9 in Small Communities category

No. 2 Safest Cities in South Dakota (Alarms.org, 2021, 2018)

No. 1 Best Places to live in South Dakota (Niche, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016).

No. 1 Best School Districts in South Dakota (Niche, 2020).

No. 16 in best performing micropolitan in the U.S. (Policom Corporation, 2020).

No. 2 Best School Districts in South Dakota (Niche, 2019, 2018, 2017).

No. 7 Top 10 Most Arts-Vibrant Small Communities in the U.S. (SMU Data Arts, 2019).

Named National Micropolitan Success Story (Walton Family Foundation, 2018).

 

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Previous Awards and Rankings

No. 8 Top College Towns in America (Schools.com, 2017).

No. 25 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs in America (Livability/Entrepreneur, 2017).

No. 5 Safest City in America (ADT Security, 2015).

No. 1 Safest College Town in America (SafeWise, 2015).

1 of 11 communities chosen nationwide (and only non-metro area) for “Case Study for Positive Economic Transformation” (State of Indiana Study, 2014).

No. 5 Top 10 Best Small Towns in America (Livability, 2013).

 

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SDSU ranked the safest college campus in South Dakota

For the third-straight year, South Dakota State University has been ranked the safest college campus in South Dakota by YourLocalSecurity.com, an ADT authorized provider and partner of SafeStreets.

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2021 College Factual International Value Overall Best (Verified)

College Factual ranks SDSU No. 5 in Best Value Colleges for International Students

South Dakota State University ranked No. 5 in College Factual’s Best Value Colleges for International Students ranking. This ranking is out of 1,204 colleges in the U.S. that offer four-year degrees. South Dakota State is in the top 1% for international students seeking quality and affordability in U.S. education.

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GradReports Best Colleges South Dakota 2021

GradReports ranks SDSU No. 1 for public South Dakota universities

South Dakota State University was the top-ranked public institution in GradReports’ 2021 Best Colleges in South Dakota by Salary Score. In addition, SDSU’s 52.31 Salary Score is higher than the median for all U.S. colleges.

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SDSU designated as a Purple Heart Campus

South Dakota State University became the nation's ninth Purple Heart Campus, recognized in a dedication ceremony. Kenneth Teunissen, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter No. 5355, read a resolution declaring SDState as the state's first Purple Heart Campus.
 

 


SDSU recognized as a Tree Campus USA

SDSU has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA annually since 2009. The national program promotes a thriving tree population on university campuses.

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Additional Campus Awards and Rankings

Named to The Princeton Review’s 2021 ‘Guide to Green Schools’ list

Zippia ranks SDSU as the best total package college in state (2020)

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2023-2024 Award and Rankings

General

South Dakota State University has been recognized as one of the top colleges in South Dakota for 2024, especially when it comes to online degree programs, according to Intelligent.com.

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2022-2023 Award and Rankings

Remote Sensing Program

SDSU’s remote sensing program has been ranked as one of the top academic programs in the world by the Shanghai Ranking’s 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. 

  • No. 5 in the United States.
  • No. 22 in the world.

Health/Nursing

SDSU has been ranked by EduMed as one of the nation’s top universities providing online health care programs for 2023. SDSU placed among the top programs in the following areas:

  • No. 1 Best Online Phlebotomy Classes and Certifications.
  • No. 15 Best Online Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Programs.
  • No. 32 Best Online Nurse Practitioner Programs.
  • No. 41 Best Online Nursing Programs.

 

 

 

 

 

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2021-2022 Award and Rankings

General

SDSU ranked No. 1 for best bachelor’s and master’s degrees offered in South Dakota

Nursing

PhDs.me recognizes SDSU as one of 2022’s top online nursing doctorate programs

College of Nursing ranked as the best B.S.N. program in South Dakota by Nursingprocess.org

Best Master of Science in Nursing Degree Programs | Ranked No. 6 by intelligent.com

Best Colleges for Nursing (2022) | Ranked No. 15 by scrubsandbeyond.com

Best Online RN to B.S.N. Programs | Ranked No. 22 by intelligent.com

Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies

Best Online Master's in Sociology Programs | Ranked No. 6 by intelligent.com

Best Master's in Sociology Degree Programs | Ranked No. 9 by intelligent.com

Best Online Bachelor's in Sociology Programs | Ranked No. 14 by intelligent.com

Best Master's in Human Services Degree Programs | Ranked No. 21 by intelligent.com

Other

Best Master's Data Science Degrees | Ranked No. 2 by intelligent.com

Best Online Master's in Communications Programs | Ranked No. 3 by intelligent.com

Best Master's in Engineering Degree Programs | Ranked No. 4 by intelligent.com

Best Online Master's in Human and Family Development Degree Programs | Ranked No. 9 by intelligent.com

Best Online Master's in Media Communication Programs | Ranked No. 9 by intelligent.com

Best Master's in Curriculum and instruction Degree Programs | Ranked No. 15 by intelligent.com

Best Online Master's in Nutrition Program | Ranked No. 17 by intelligent.com

SDSU Civil Engineering Students Named Nation’s Best Chapter

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SDSU’s M.S. in data science ranked No. 4 in affordability, quality

The Master of Science in data science program at South Dakota State University received the No. 4 spot in a 2024 list by Tech Guide ranking quality and affordability of graduate degrees in data science.

Websites rank SDSU nursing programs among best in state, nation

South Dakota State University has claimed the top spots in three rankings of South Dakota's best, most affordable and fastest online RN to B.S.N. — registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing — programs.

SDSU recognized among best online colleges, degree programs with 12 awards

South Dakota State University has been recognized as one of the top colleges in South Dakota for 2024, especially when it comes to online degree programs, according to Intelligent.com. The website ranked SDSU No. 2 among the 15 best colleges in South Dakota and No. 3 among the 10 best online colleges in South Dakota.