South Dakota State University
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 LocaleRemote Town|
|Number of Students12,516|
|Student to Faculty Ratio17:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||2||16|
|Doctor's degree - research/scholarship||0||4|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||980 to 1260|
|ACT||20 to 26|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Required|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Required|
|Recommendations Considered but not required|
|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|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$281/credit|
|In State Students||$281/credit|
|Out of State Students||$390/credit|
|In District Students||$356/credit|
|In State Students||$356/credit|
|Out of State Students||$647/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 92% of South Dakota State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||10%||$1,108|
|State Grant & Scholarships||22%||$1,264|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||53%||$2,695|
|Federal Student Loans||67%||$5,488|
$18,204Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$15,626|
|$30,001 to $48,000$16,062|
|$48,001 to $75,000$18,854|
|$75,001 to $110,000$20,766|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and South Dakota state board of nursing.