Best Value Colleges in South Dakota

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.

Using PayScale’s College ROI Report, you can determine which school provides the best college return on investment South Dakota can offer you.

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School Name
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
110.8%10.5%11.8%11.4%$635,000$629,000$650,000$644,000$93,500$99,60048%5$29,70020%
1South Dakota School of Mines and Technology(In-State)
Annual ROI10.8%
Annual ROI10.5%
Annual ROI11.8%
Annual ROI11.4%
20 Year Net ROI$635,000
20 Year Net ROI$629,000
20 Year Net ROI$650,000
20 Year Net ROI$644,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,500
Total 4 Year Cost$99,600
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$29,700
Grant Money Received20%
210.0%9.7%10.9%10.5%$621,000$615,000$636,000$630,000$108,000$114,00048%5$29,70020%
2South Dakota School of Mines and Technology(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI10.0%
Annual ROI9.7%
Annual ROI10.9%
Annual ROI10.5%
20 Year Net ROI$621,000
20 Year Net ROI$615,000
20 Year Net ROI$636,000
20 Year Net ROI$630,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Total 4 Year Cost$114,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$29,700
Grant Money Received20%
38.3%8.0%9.4%9.0%$301,000$296,000$315,000$310,000$76,600$81,30039%5$27,10038%
3Dakota State University(In-State)
Annual ROI8.3%
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI9.4%
Annual ROI9.0%
20 Year Net ROI$301,000
20 Year Net ROI$296,000
20 Year Net ROI$315,000
20 Year Net ROI$310,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,600
Total 4 Year Cost$81,300
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$27,100
Grant Money Received38%
47.6%7.4%8.6%8.3%$291,000$286,000$305,000$300,000$86,500$91,30039%5$27,10038%
4Dakota State University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROI8.6%
Annual ROI8.3%
20 Year Net ROI$291,000
20 Year Net ROI$286,000
20 Year Net ROI$305,000
20 Year Net ROI$300,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,500
Total 4 Year Cost$91,300
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$27,100
Grant Money Received38%
55.8%5.8%8.1%8.1%$262,000$262,000$305,000$305,000$124,000$124,00040%4$33,20044%
5Presentation College(Private)
Annual ROI5.8%
Annual ROI5.8%
Annual ROI8.1%
Annual ROI8.1%
20 Year Net ROI$262,000
20 Year Net ROI$262,000
20 Year Net ROI$305,000
20 Year Net ROI$305,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$33,200
Grant Money Received44%
66.3%6.1%7.3%7.0%$235,000$229,000$251,000$246,000$96,900$102,00053%5$32,00025%
6South Dakota State University(In-State)
Annual ROI6.3%
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI7.3%
Annual ROI7.0%
20 Year Net ROI$235,000
20 Year Net ROI$229,000
20 Year Net ROI$251,000
20 Year Net ROI$246,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,900
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$32,000
Grant Money Received25%
75.8%5.5%6.6%6.3%$224,000$218,000$240,000$235,000$108,000$113,00053%5$32,00025%
7South Dakota State University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.8%
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI6.3%
20 Year Net ROI$224,000
20 Year Net ROI$218,000
20 Year Net ROI$240,000
20 Year Net ROI$235,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$32,000
Grant Money Received25%
86.5%6.1%7.9%7.4%$208,000$202,000$228,000$221,000$82,800$89,40055%5$28,30028%
8University of South Dakota(In-State)
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI7.4%
20 Year Net ROI$208,000
20 Year Net ROI$202,000
20 Year Net ROI$228,000
20 Year Net ROI$221,000
Total 4 Year Cost$82,800
Total 4 Year Cost$89,400
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$28,300
Grant Money Received28%
95.8%5.5%7.1%6.6%$197,000$191,000$217,000$210,000$93,800$100,00055%5$28,30028%
9University of South Dakota(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.8%
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI7.1%
Annual ROI6.6%
20 Year Net ROI$197,000
20 Year Net ROI$191,000
20 Year Net ROI$217,000
20 Year Net ROI$210,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,800
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$28,300
Grant Money Received28%
103.6%3.7%7.2%7.5%$160,000$164,000$239,000$243,000$158,000$154,00071%4$37,90022%
10Augustana University(Private)
Annual ROI3.6%
Annual ROI3.7%
Annual ROI7.2%
Annual ROI7.5%
20 Year Net ROI$160,000
20 Year Net ROI$164,000
20 Year Net ROI$239,000
20 Year Net ROI$243,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$37,900
Grant Money Received22%
113.7%3.7%5.1%5.1%$83,700$83,700$102,000$102,000$79,100$79,20046%5$26,00039%
11Northern State University(In-State)
Annual ROI3.7%
Annual ROI3.7%
Annual ROI5.1%
Annual ROI5.1%
20 Year Net ROI$83,700
20 Year Net ROI$83,700
20 Year Net ROI$102,000
20 Year Net ROI$102,000
Total 4 Year Cost$79,100
Total 4 Year Cost$79,200
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,000
Grant Money Received39%
123.1%3.1%4.3%4.3%$73,800$73,700$92,200$92,200$89,100$89,10046%5$26,00039%
12Northern State University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI3.1%
Annual ROI3.1%
Annual ROI4.3%
Annual ROI4.3%
20 Year Net ROI$73,800
20 Year Net ROI$73,700
20 Year Net ROI$92,200
20 Year Net ROI$92,200
Total 4 Year Cost$89,100
Total 4 Year Cost$89,100
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,000
Grant Money Received39%
131.5%1.2%4.6%4.1%$52,200$44,200$119,000$111,000$149,000$157,00053%4$30,00033%
13University of Sioux Falls(Private)
Annual ROI1.5%
Annual ROI1.2%
Annual ROI4.6%
Annual ROI4.1%
20 Year Net ROI$52,200
20 Year Net ROI$44,200
20 Year Net ROI$119,000
20 Year Net ROI$111,000
Total 4 Year Cost$149,000
Total 4 Year Cost$157,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$30,000
Grant Money Received33%
141.0%1.0%3.9%3.8%$33,300$30,800$96,300$93,800$145,000$148,00048%4$27,80043%
14Mount Marty College(Private)
Annual ROI1.0%
Annual ROI1.0%
Annual ROI3.9%
Annual ROI3.8%
20 Year Net ROI$33,300
20 Year Net ROI$30,800
20 Year Net ROI$96,300
20 Year Net ROI$93,800
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Total 4 Year Cost$148,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$27,800
Grant Money Received43%
151.3%1.3%2.6%2.5%$23,600$22,800$40,300$39,600$77,500$78,20039%5$27,50034%
15Black Hills State University(In-State)
Annual ROI1.3%
Annual ROI1.3%
Annual ROI2.6%
Annual ROI2.5%
20 Year Net ROI$23,600
20 Year Net ROI$22,800
20 Year Net ROI$40,300
20 Year Net ROI$39,600
Total 4 Year Cost$77,500
Total 4 Year Cost$78,200
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$27,500
Grant Money Received34%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

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.

Dakota State University focuses heavily on technology, to the point it requires all full-time undergraduate students to use tablet computers and laptops in their classes.

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.


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