South Dakota State University has been ranked in the top 5 percent nationally as a “Best Value for the Money” in the annual nationwide ranking of U.S. colleges and universities by College Factual.
SDState’s programs in biology, nursing and sociology were ranked in the nation’s top 5 percent while animal science and physical education/teacher education were in the top 10. Also, the university was ranked in the top 1 percent for international student value.
Located in New York, College Factual’s rankings highlight colleges and universities that offer the greatest value through quality education and affordability. SDState’s best value programs received their rankings based on a number of factors, including tuition costs, faculty-to-student ratio and freshman retention rate, according to College Factual.
Overall, 28 SDState degree programs were ranked as best values. The other programs were:
- agricultural science;
- agricultural and resource economics;
- agricultural business;
- agricultural engineering;
- civil engineering;
- computer science;
- early childhood education;
- electrical engineering;
- entrepreneurial studies;
- hospitality management;
- human development and family studies;
- interior design;
- mechanical engineering;
- political science;
- Spanish; and
- sport and recreation management.