SAT Scores for Admission to Four-Year South Dakota Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Admissions Data for South Dakota Colleges

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Non of South Dakota's four-year colleges are overly selective, and students with average SAT scores and decent grades should have little trouble getting in. The options represent an interesting mix of public and private institutions. The state's schools vary widely in size, personality, and mission. To help you determine if your SAT scores are on target for your top choice South Dakota colleges, the table below can guide you.

SAT Scores for South Dakota Colleges (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
Augustana College440610490620--
Black Hills State University440570440530--
Dakota State University430580430585--
Dakota Wesleyan University380480420530--
Mount Marty College------
Northern State University420510450540--
Oglala Lakota Collegeopen-admissions
Presentation College400493420530--
Sinte Gleska Universityopen-admissions
South Dakota School of Mines490630550660--
South Dakota State University440580450580--
University of Sioux Falls470550440540--
University of South Dakota440610450590--
View the ACT version of this table

The SAT scores listed in the table are for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these South Dakota colleges. Don't give up hope if your scores fall below these numbers--25% of all matriculated students fall below the lower numbers.

And if you're a strong student, you'll find plenty of company at many of the schools. A school like the South Dakota School of Mines, for example, has a significant number of students with excellent skills in math and the sciences.

If your SAT scores aren't what you had hoped for, be sure to check out this article on low SAT scores.

You should also put the SAT in the proper perspective. The exam is just one part of a college application, The most important part of your application will be a strong academic record. Colleges will be looking for solid grades in college preparatory classes, and AP, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment classes all serve an important roll in demonstrating your college readiness.

For colleges with holistic admissions, qualitative measure can also play a meaningful roll in the process:  a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation can all help improve your chances of getting in.

You can see that quite a few schools don't post SAT scores. This is because the ACT is much more popular than the SAT in South Dakota, and the number of students submitting SAT scores is so low that some colleges do not report the scores. That said, you can always look at the ACT version of the table and then use this SAT to ACT conversion table to see how you measure up.

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data from the National Center for Educational Statistics