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

University Headquarters rankings

University Headquarters has South Dakota State University ranked No. 1 when it comes to offering bachelor's and master's degrees in South Dakota.

“Evaluation of universities by University HQ is based on more than accreditation. It includes admissions and retention rates, tuition costs, fees, degrees awarded, graduation rates and more,” said Julia Griebel, University Headquarters’ marketing manager about SDSU’s ranking.

“Further, the financial aid office provides excellent assistance to students seeking higher education,” she continued. “Approximately 95% of college students receive financial aid their first year, and in-state students pay about half as much per year as out-of-state students, around $9,200. For students who are ready to learn more and get engaged in their education, this school provides all the tools needed to succeed.”

To determine which colleges or universities are the best for students, University Headquarters starts by looking at accreditation. The Higher Learning Commission has accredited South Dakota State University since 1916, and SDSU received a full, 10-year reaccreditation in 2019-20. This type of accreditation is crucial for students as well as professionals who are looking for a boost in their careers.

“We are obviously very pleased to be recognized by University HQ with this ranking. South Dakota State University was founded on making high-quality academic programs accessible to all seeking academic opportunities. Rankings such as these demonstrate our deep and ongoing commitment to this central aspect of our university mission,” said Dennis Hedge, SDSU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Researchers and writers at University HQ keep the site updated as an authoritative source of academic information. For students and professionals alike, the site offers information, resources and links related to education. It allows users to explore colleges, universities, degrees and careers, and lets them gain a deeper understanding of how their education will affect them down the line. With the help of this educational research platform, students and professionals can make informed career and college decisions.

University Headquarters ranks on the following factors:

  • Cost of Tuition
  • Admission Rate
  • Retention Rate
  • Graduation Rate (4 Year, 6 Year)
  • Graduating Salary (ROI)
  • Number of Programs Offered
  • Online Programs Offered
  • Loan Default Rate
  • Diplomas Awarded
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Financial Aid
  • Reputation and Expert Opinion