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SR Education Group ranks State No. 21


The SR Education Group listed South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing 21st in its 2018 Top Online Colleges for Bachelor's in Nursing.

The entire rankings can be found at,

“This ranking is based on value. We at the SR Education Group researched and analyzed accredited online schools across the nation, taking into consideration academic strength factors as well as annual tuition rates to provide a list of colleges offering the best value to students,” said SR Education Group’s Victoria Duan. “Inclusion on this list shows high academic standards and a commitment to affordability, two key factors important to prospective students.”

“While we have been ranked by various organizations for value, this ranking by the SR Education Group also takes into account our academic rigor and success on the NCLEX,” said Nancy Fahrenwald, dean of the college.

To be considered for the SR Education Group’s rankings, schools needed to meet the following requirements:

  • Overall list: offer at least 10 fully online degrees with at least one of those degrees at the bachelor’s or master’s level;
  • Associate list: offer at least three fully online degrees at the associate level;
  • Bachelor’s list: offer at least 10 fully online degrees at the bachelor’s level;
  • Master’s list: at least 10 fully online degrees at the master’s level; and
  • Doctoral list: at least three fully online degrees at the doctoral level.

The SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004, collected data from official school websites including available degrees, tuition rates and details about program coursework, reflecting data for the 2015-2016 school year. This data was collected in July 2016.

Programmatic accreditation and profit status of schools were collected from official websites of the accreditation agencies or from the National Center for Education Statistics. The NCES is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. The NCES data are updated annually as soon as it becomes available. The NCES does not release data into downloadable formats until it has been approved, so the most currently available data will not be for the most recent academic year.