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International Admissions

At SDState, a world of possibilities awaits you.

82 majors, 36 master's degree, 15 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates
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Discover our undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. programs.


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Key Deadlines

Fall (August)

June 15
April 15

Spring (January)

Oct. 15

Basic Admission Requirements


SAT 950 or ACT 18 or TOEFL iBT 61 or IELTS 5.5. Other waivers may apply. See details.
High School GPA minimum 2.6 equivalent. See academic requirements for specific countries.


TOEFL iBT 71 or IELTS 6. Some programs have higher minimum requirements. Find program specific requirements by selecting your program of interest in the Graduate Catalog.
Undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.0 for unconditional admission.

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Where in the world do we get our students?

Join a community of international students from around the world. Be a part of the most diverse campus in South Dakota.

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Email us about our undergraduate program. 
We would be happy to answer your questions.


Questions about our graduate program. 
The Graduate School will gladly address them.


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International Admissions News

See All Our News 2021 safest campus map ranks SDSU No. 1 for third-straight year

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

SDSU ranked No. 5 in best value colleges of international students ranking

South Dakota State University climbed two spots to 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.