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Dakota State University Competitive Landscape

Augustana University uses third-party resources to provide online education services, while the other schools provide their own resources. The Augustana University also has the highest ratings when compared to other schools. Requested information has been provided in the attached spreadsheet, columns C to H.

South Dakota State University

Enrollment costs

  • The estimated total cost per year for an undergraduate is $17,590.00 for a resident of South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and North Dakota.
  • The estimated total cost per year for undergraduate Minnesota reciprocy students is $18,160.00
  • The estimated total cost per year for undergraduate non-resident students is $21,040.00

Average ACT/SAT

  • The average SAT score needed for enrollment at South Dakota State University is 1110 on the 1600 SAT scale, with the average Math score of 570 and Reading of 540

Online vs. Physical Attendance

  • Online cost per credit hour for the Undergraduate program is $351.25, while the on-campus cost per credit hour for the Undergraduate program equals $256.55 for residents, $372.40 for non-residents.
  • Online cost per hour for the Graduate program equals $465.80, while the on-campus cost per credit hour for the Graduate program equals $336.80 for residents, $647.55 for non-residents.
  • South Dakota State's online programs have been named 12th nationwide in 2019. Online students are provided with access to a variety of resources including technical support, the digital library and an academic adviser
  • Both online and on-campus programs offer undergraduate and graduate programs, with an exception of the Pharmacy field of study, which is not available online

Niche ratings

Social media perceptions

University of South Dakota

Enrollment costs

  • The estimated total cost per year for an undergraduate is $18,562.50 for a resident of South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and North Dakota.
  • The estimated total cost per year for undergraduate Minnesota reciprocy students is $18,924.00
  • The estimated total cost per year for undergraduate non-resident students is $22,038.00

Average ACT/SAT

  • The average SAT score needed for enrollment at South Dakota State University is 1110 on the 1600 SAT scale, with the average Math score of 563 and Reading of 547

Online vs. Physical Attendance

  • Online cost per credit hour for the Undergraduate program is $351.25, while the on-campus cost per credit hour for the Undergraduate program equals $256.55 for residents, $372.40 for non-residents.
  • Online cost per hour for the Graduate program equals $465.80, while the on-campus cost per credit hour for the Graduate program equals $336.80 for residents, $647.55 for non-residents.
  • University of South Dakota online programs are taught by campus faculty and designed to retain the standard challenging and rigorous curriculum
  • This university's online programs are mainly the same as on-campus, except for some fields that aren't available online, such as Psychology

Niche ratings

  • On Niche, University of South Dakota's average rating is 3.5 stars out of 5, based on 800 reviews

Social media perceptions

  • On Facebook, University of South Dakota boasts a rating of 4.5 stars. Essentially all the reviews on Facebook are positive, except for 2 reviews, one of which is aimed at unhelpful staff and the other at a minor incident.
  • On Instagram, the hashtag "#usouthdakota" uncovers predominantly event-related posts, most of them related to sports, like the cheerleading team and football

Northern State University

Enrollment costs

  • The estimated total cost per year for an undergraduate is $16,463.00 for a resident of South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and North Dakota.
  • The estimated total cost per year for undergraduate Minnesota reciprocy students is $17,405.00
  • The estimated total cost per year for undergraduate non-resident students is $19,533.00

Average ACT/SAT

Online vs. Physical Attendance

  • Northern State University offers various programs online, including Management, Accounting and Associate Degrees, however it doesn't offer some other significant study fields such as Mathematics or Music
  • Online cost per credit hour for the Undergraduate program is $351.25, while the on-campus cost per credit hour for the Undergraduate program equals $251.35 for residents, $353.70 for non-residents.
  • Online cost per hour for the Graduate program equals $465.80, while the on-campus cost per credit hour for the Graduate program equals $329.95 for residents, $616.00 for non-residents
  • Northern State University online programs are flexible and customizable. In addition, this university offers a large number of online courses

Niche ratings

Social media perceptions

Augustana University

Enrollment costs

Average ACT/SAT

  • The average SAT for this school is 1030.

Online vs. Physical Attendance

Niche ratings

Social media perceptions

Research strategy

We were unable to locate all specific degrees Augustana University offers online, in order to compare them with the on-campus offerings. To find this, we started by examining the university website. Only mentions of advantages and resources used for online education can be found. However, no direct information was available on specific degrees the school offers online.

Next, we have scanned college databases such as College Board, College Factual, hoping to find information on degrees the school offers online. However, all we found was mentions that the information is unavailable.

Lastly, we have checked third-party news publications such as US News, Yahoo Finance hoping to find reports that list all the degrees the university offers online, but all we were able to find were reports on a new degree the university has implemented in their online classes, without mentioning any other courses.
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