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What Makes SDState South Dakota’s Premier Online School?

It could be the school’s affordable tuition, or it could be the 30+ online programs and degrees from which to choose. Either way, SDState has been named the No. 1 ranked online school in South Dakota by the Center for Online Education for 2017.

How It's Calculated

This ranking is calculated by a complex formula that factors in the admission and graduation rates, number of online programs and the average net price. SDState has continued to excel in each of these categories:

South Dakota State University’s current acceptance rate is 92 percent, an encouraging number for applicants. The application process is also timely and affordable. Undergraduate admissions are processed and decided on within two-three weeks of application and only cost $20 to submit. SDState also offers an application checklist for distance education students to guarantee a smooth admission process.

What Sets SDState Apart

Since SDState offers over 30 online degrees and programs to choose from, it is able to compete at a national level as well. SDState’s online mass communication master’s degree is the only accredited M.M.C. program in the nation that is offered completely online and was ranked the No. 1 Best Online Communication Master’s Degree in 2015 by GraduatePrograms.com. In addition to mass communication, SDState offers a wide array of online certifications, under-grad and graduate degrees in topics such as nursing, chemistry, dietetics, sociology and geography, to name a few.

During the 2015-16 school year, The College Board found that the average cost of tuition and fees in South Dakota for in-state students was $8,050 and $10,510 for out-of-state students per semester. This was the lowest average cost of tuition in the nation for the 2015-16 academic year. SDState also has the second lowest cost of tuition in the state for the 2017-18 academic year and continues to provide students with the best learning experience at an affordable price.

“I would certainly recommend SDSU to anyone. The support I received from Admissions, distance learning and my instructors was outstanding.”

Rick Fox, Online General Studies Major 

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