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South Dakota State was ranked in the top 15% of 663 schools in’s most recent list of the Most Popular Online Nursing Schools. SDSU was No. 79 and was also ranked in six other categories.

“Popularity is only one factor to consider when it comes to choosing an online degree, but the online popularity of South Dakota's State’s nursing programs across the United States is a good sign the college is doing right by its online learners,” said’s Carly Stockwell.

South Dakota State was also ranked No. 1 in South Dakota by

“These rankings show how we provide our students an opportunity to learn and develop their skills,” said Mary Anne Krogh ’85/’11 Ph.D., the college’s dean. “Our agreement with CareSpan, an innovative health-care delivery system, continues our commitment to deliver quality nursing education to students whether they’re taking classes in person or online. Using tools like Zoom or the robots we have in all of our sites, our students go into the practice areas feeling more comfortable interacting with patients and practitioners in remote environments.”

SDSU’s other online rankings include:

About is a free resource for students seeking nursing schools and programs. We research and compile nursing study area information, career overviews and more to compile ranking lists for nursing institutions across the U.S. to help you make a smart decision when considering your higher education. Visit Nursing Degree Search for more information.

Nursing Degree Search’s Online Popularity Rankings were designed to help students quickly find online nursing degrees. The most popular online colleges were determined by the number of online graduates. gathered a list of all nursing schools offering RN to BSN programs in every state and then ranked the best based on the following four factors:

  • Academic quality (25%);
  • Affordability (25%);
  • Reputation of the school (25%); and
  • editorial staff ratings (25%).