When you think of best value colleges, South Dakota may not be the first state you name, but this rugged and sparsely populated state is home to some really high value schools. Read More
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is the best value college South Dakota students can choose in terms of long-term monetary gains. It's high ROI - $700,900 over 20 years -- makes perfect sense when you look at the list of majors offered. The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology only offers majors in engineering, science, technology and math, so graduates easily find high-paying work in engineering and tech. It's one of the best STEM-focused public colleges in the nation and has a small student population of just 2,300 total students.
Still looking for the best value of college education in South Dakota? The next school on our list of highest college ROIs in South Dakota shows a much smaller, but still very respectable, 20-year net ROI of $290,100. South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a public college attended by more than 12,000 students. South Dakota State University is also dominated by science, technology, engineering and math, but offers a much wider range of majors, including some humanities subjects. SDSU also offers a wide variety of online programs.
But it's not all best value colleges in South Dakota. On the opposite side of the ROI spectrum, Black Hills State University has a negative ROI. Despite being a relatively affordable public college, BHSU doesn't see high earnings because the vast majority of majors there are arts, humanities, psychology and education. While noble subjects, when we only include bachelor's degree graduates, earnings just don't compare to those of STEM majors. Show Less