2022’s Best Colleges in South Dakota – WalletHub Study

Wallet Hub StudyOctober 18, 2021Business
WalletHub-College/University Study

UNDATED – With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1, and tuition and room and board at a four-year college costing around $27,000 – $55,000 per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2022’s Best College & University Rankings report, as well as accompanying videos, in addition to separate rankings for colleges and for universities.

To help college-bound seniors make the most informed school choices, WalletHub compared over 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 30 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Top 9 Colleges & Universities in South Dakota

1. Augustana University 6. University of South Dakota
2. Mount Marty College 7. Northern State University
3. Dakota Wesleyan University 8. South Dakota State University
4. University of Sioux Falls 9. Black Hills State University
5. Dakota State University

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at some of the top schools and how each performed in certain metrics:

School Snapshot: Augustana University (1 = Best):

  • 2nd – Admission Rate
  • 9th – Net Cost
  • 1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 9th – On-Campus Crime
  • 7th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 1st – Graduation Rate
  • 2nd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Mount Mary College (1 = Best):

  • 3rd – Admission Rate
  • 6th – Net Cost
  • 3rd – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 7th – On-Campus Crime
  • 1st – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 5th – Graduation Rate
  • 7th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Dakota Wesleyan University (1 = Best):

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 5th – Net Cost
  • 1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 2nd – On-Campus Crime
  • 4th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 8th – Graduation Rate
  • 6th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

To view the full reports, please visit:

Best Colleges & Universities Overall: wallethub.com/edu/college-rankings/40750