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Your Guide to Admission at South Dakota State University

Finding your dream college or university and applying is only the first step of the college admissions process. When it comes to being admitted to your school of choice, there are some ways you can improve your chances of securing that acceptance letter.

Be On Time

It's important to meet the various deadlines associated with college admissions. Luckily for you, undergraduate admissions at SDState are rolling and ongoing. Keep in mind, though, that other deadlines associated with attending school are more concrete—SDState's academic scholarship priority date is Dec. 15 and FAFSA applications are due by March 10. 

Focus On Academics

One of the best ways to set yourself up for success in college admissions is to keep your focus on your academic performance. SDState requires one of the following from its incoming undergraduate freshmen:

  • High school cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher
  • Ranking in top 60 percent of graduating class
  • ACT score of 18 or more
  • SAT Math, Reading, Writing and Language scores of 950 or more
  • Level 3 or higher on Math and English Language Arts Smarter Balance Assessment

Your junior and senior years of high school are prime opportunities to help improve your chances in the admissions process—show your schoolwork some extra attention!

Diversify Your Classes

Test scores aren't the entirety of your academic requirements—students should also demonstrate their abilities in a variety of areas. Make sure you're taking high school classes that challenge and push you to learn, investigate and grow. SDState requires average or better performance in the following:

  • English (four years)
  • Advanced math (three years)
  • Laboratory science (three years)
  • Social science (three years)
  • Fine arts (one year)
  • Basic computer skills

Learn more about academic requirements for freshman admission here.

Visit Campus

Though it doesn't have a direct effect on whether you're admitted or not, visiting campus is a huge part of getting a full picture of what to expect and what a given college or university values. Schedule a visit early on to see the campus and get face-to-face time with key faculty and admissions staff members.

Show Your Drive to be a Jackrabbit

There's certainly no replacement for sheer excitement. From your admissions applications, to the letters of recommendation from your mentors and role models and enthusiasm you display in your personal statements through the scholarship application process, choose to show how much you want to go to SDSU. Be spirited, be genuine—and above all, show your desire to be a Jackrabbit!