To identify the Best Colleges in South Dakota for 2019 we averaged the results from the most respected college ranking systems (Niche.com + US News & World Report) from around the web to produce an entirely unique CollegeReviews Score for each school. And then ordered the schools based on that ranking. You won’t find a more exhaustive ranking of the best colleges and universities in South Dakota anywhere.

South Dakota has more than 30 colleges and universities. The University of South Dakota is the state’s oldest university, and has the only schools of law and medicine in the state. It has been nationally recognized as one of the best schools in the Midwest.

South Dakota State University is the largest university in the state with a student population of about 12,000. Private South Dakota colleges such as Black Hills State University and Dakota State University offer a more intimate education setting with campuses of roughly 4,000 and 2,000 students respectively.

South Dakota’s largest city is Sioux Falls and Rapid City also boasts one of the state’s biggest populations. There you’ll find the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology , which focuses on engineering and science degrees. Technical schools are popular in the Midwestern state with Southeast Technical Institute offering options to students looking for a 2-year college experience.

Regional Information about South Dakota

Regional Information About South Dakota
Major Cities: Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen.
Attractions: Mount Rushmore National Monument, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park.
Cost of Living: Best Places South Dakota Cost of Living
Popular Schools: Augustana University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, South Dakota State University.

About Our Methodology

Our methodology for determining the best colleges in South Dakota takes both editorial rankings from US News & World Report, Times Higher Education and combines it with student rankings from Niche.com. We weight student rankings higher giving them about a 80% weighted score vs editorial rankings. Thus creating a more accurate viewpoint of the best colleges in any given state.

  1. Augustana University
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  2. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
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  3. South Dakota State University
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  4. University of South Dakota
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  5. Dakota Wesleyan University
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  6. Northern State University
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  7. University of Sioux Falls
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  8. Dakota State University
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  9. Presentation College
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  10. Black Hills State University
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  11. Oglala Lakota College
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  12. Mount Marty College
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  13. National American University - Rapid City
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  14. Sinte Gleska University
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  15. National American University - Ellsworth AFB Extension
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  16. National American University - Sioux Falls
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  17. Sioux Falls Seminary
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