South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD 57007
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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. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students12,516
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate77%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 48 286
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Master's degree 2 12
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 2 16
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 4
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 80.4%

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT980 to 1260
ACT20 to 26
Admission considerations
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).
Application fee
Undergrads $20
Graduates $35

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$281/credit
In State Students$281/credit
Out of State Students$390/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$356/credit
In State Students$356/credit
Out of State Students$647/credit

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $12,645 $12,645 $17,550
ADN 70 $19,670 $19,670 $27,300
BSN 125 $35,125 $35,125 $48,750
FNP 50 $17,800 $17,800 $32,350
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 23% $3,945
Other Federal Grant 10% $1,108
State Grant & Scholarships 22% $1,264
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 53% $2,695
Federal Student Loans 67% $5,488
Private Loans 20% $10,136


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$20,868

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and South Dakota state board of nursing.
South Dakota State University
1015 Campanile Avenue
Brookings, SD 57007

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