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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RankSchool Name20 Year Net ROI
Total 4 Year Cost
Graduation Rate
Typical Years to Graduate
Average Loan Amount
Rank:1School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$664,000Total 4 Year Cost:$93,500Graduation Rate:48%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$29,700
Rank:2School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$650,000Total 4 Year Cost:$108,000Graduation Rate:48%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$29,700
Rank:3School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$324,000Total 4 Year Cost:$76,600Graduation Rate:39%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$27,100
Rank:4School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$314,000Total 4 Year Cost:$86,500Graduation Rate:39%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$27,100
Rank:5School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$303,000Total 4 Year Cost:$124,000Graduation Rate:40%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$33,200
Rank:6School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$262,000Total 4 Year Cost:$96,900Graduation Rate:53%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$32,000
Rank:7School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$251,000Total 4 Year Cost:$108,000Graduation Rate:53%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$32,000
Rank:8School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$221,000Total 4 Year Cost:$82,800Graduation Rate:55%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$28,300
Rank:9School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$210,000Total 4 Year Cost:$93,800Graduation Rate:55%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$28,300
Rank:10School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$187,000Total 4 Year Cost:$158,000Graduation Rate:71%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$37,900

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.