South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD 57007

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a public institution in Brookings, South Dakota. It is part of the South Dakota Board of Regents, which operates six campuses throughout the state. SDSU was established in 1881 as the Dakota Agriculture College before South Dakota became a state. The nursing program was established in 1956. The main campus includes the 73,000-square-foot SDSU Wellness Center, which opened in 2008. Students receive a free membership to the Wellness Center. It includes several basketball courts, a competition-size swimming pool, and a rock-climbing wall. SDSU also has a West campus and an East campus. The East campus includes the McCrory Gardens and South Dakota Arboretum with a 20-acre public display. 

SDSU offers undergraduate and graduate CCNE-accredited nursing programs. The undergraduate options include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN. Graduate degree programs include MSN, RN to MSN, DNP, BSN to DNP, and a Ph.D. program. The accelerated program is offered to students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. It is designed to be completed in 12 months and is offered at both the Aberdeen and Sioux Falls campuses. The traditional BSN program is offered at the Brookings campus and is designed to be completed in two and a half years. 


Campus LocaleTown: Remote
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate79%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)
  3. Doctoral degrees (DNP, BSN to DNP, PhD)
  4. RN to BSN
  5. Accelerated BSN
  6. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 356
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 11
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 0
Nursing Education Post-master's certificate 0
Nursing Science Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 6
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Doctor's degree - professional practice 22

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from South Dakota State University

Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Pipestone Campus
31.2 miles away
Southwest Minnesota State University
51.36 miles away
University of South Dakota
106.21 miles away
Minnesota State University-Mankato
138.24 miles away
Rasmussen College - Mankato Campus
140.01 miles away
Iowa Central Community College - Storm Lake Campus
140.24 miles away
Saint Cloud State University
154.14 miles away
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena Campus
166.67 miles away
Rasmussen College - Moorhead Campus
174.48 miles away
Riverland Community College - Owatonna College and University Center
175.29 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1920 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/29/2001 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading440 to 580
SAT: Math450 to 580
ACT Composite20 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$18,001
30k to 48k$18,961
48k to 75k$21,807
75k to 110k$22,978
Over 110k$23,035
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $272.00 $380.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $347.00 $636.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and South Dakota state board of nursing
South Dakota State University
Campanile Avenue
Brookings, SD 57007

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