Cost Estimate

SDSU Education = An Affordable Investment in you!

When trying to decide on a college or university to attend, it’s important to consider the quality of education you will receive and the cost of that education.

Well, it’s a win-win situation at SDSU; we’ve got excellent academic opportunities and costs that are competitive with less-comprehensive institutions and oftentimes lower than the costs of a private school.

Here’s your proof. SDSU is ranked by US News and World Report as one of the best universities in the nation. In addition, the Carnegie Foundation has ranked SDSU as the number one research institution in the state.

For a complete listing of in-state undergraduate tuition and fees for every major, view this chart. You can even compare multiple fields of study to see a breakdown of specific costs.

2015-2016 Undergraduate Cost Estimate

  SD Resident & Child of Alumni*
MN Resident Non-Resident
Tuition (per credit hour) $145
Tuition (15 credit semester) $2,175 $2,595 $3,255

Residence Hall
This rate is based on a double-occupancy room in a tier-one hall. Internet access included. Rates vary based on hall. See individual hall rates below.**

$1,632 $1,632 $1,632
Average Meal Plan
$1,550 $1,550 $1,550
Books (estimate for one semester)
Total Semester Cost $7,777 $8,197 $9,202
TOTAL YEARLY COST $15,554 $16,394 $18,404

*Non-resident freshmen and transfer students may qualify for in-state tuition and fees if a parent or legal guardian graduated from South Dakota State University. Freshmen must have a 20 ACT composite score (930 SAT). Transfer students must have a 2.5 cumulative transfer GPA.

**Specific Residence Hall Rates

Brown, Hansen, Waneta - $1,632/semester
Binnewies, Pierson, Young - $1,797/semester
Mathews - $1,922/semester
Abbott, Caldwell, Spencer & Thorne - $2,535/semester
Ben Reifel, Honors, Hyde, Schultz - $2,657/semester

Some majors require additional discipline fees as well. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.