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While liberal arts colleges are few and far between, students can find quality academic programs and a thriving social scene at South Dakota State University, the state’s largest institution. The oldest university in South Dakota, the University of South Dakota, was established in 1862, 27 years before South Dakota officially became a state. It’s also home to the only medical school and law school in the state. The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology boasts one of the nation’s best engineering programs and one of the highest starting salary averages for graduates.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in South Dakota

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, South Dakota

Admission rate: 86%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $19,815

Payback: 2.2 Years

Earnings: $71,287

Vs. state average: + $23,807

Economic score: 1.49

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#2 in South Dakota

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

Admission rate: 89%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $19,252

Payback: 3.7 Years

Earnings: $49,845

Vs. state average: + $2,365

Economic score: 3.53

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#3 in South Dakota

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Admission rate: 93%

Grad rate: 53%

Net cost: $19,893

Payback: 4.0 Years

Earnings: $47,803

Vs. state average: + $323

Economic score: 3.97

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#4 in South Dakota

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Admission rate: 72%

Grad rate: 69%

Net cost: $24,072

Payback: 4.4 Years

Earnings: $50,137

Vs. state average: + $2,657

Economic score: 4.15

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#5 in South Dakota

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $18,555

Payback: 4.1 Years

Earnings: $46,600

Vs. state average: - $880

Economic score: 4.17

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#6 in South Dakota

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $15,851

Payback: 4.3 Years

Earnings: $43,429

Vs. state average: - $4,051

Economic score: 4.69

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#7 in South Dakota

Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, South Dakota

Admission rate: 65%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $21,574

Payback: 5.7 Years

Earnings: $45,864

Vs. state average: - $1,616

Economic score: 5.94

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#8 in South Dakota

Mount Marty University

Yankton, South Dakota

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $19,422

Payback: 6.3 Years

Earnings: $42,407

Vs. state average: - $5,073

Economic score: 7.06

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#9 in South Dakota

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota

Admission rate: 84%

Grad rate: 41%

Net cost: $17,691

Payback: 4.7 Years

Earnings: $44,019

Vs. state average: - $3,461

Economic score: 5.03

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#10 in South Dakota

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota

Admission rate: 98%

Grad rate: 37%

Net cost: $16,641

Payback: 6.2 Years

Earnings: $39,963

Vs. state average: - $7,517

Economic score: 7.42

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#11 in South Dakota

Presentation College

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Admission rate: 94%

Grad rate: 43%

Net cost: $22,090

Payback: 8.6 Years

Earnings: $39,800

Vs. state average: - $7,680

Economic score: 10.25

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Sioux Falls Seminary

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Admission rate: 96%

Grad rate: N/A

Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: N/A

Vs. state average: N/A

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