The Student Achievement Measure is supported by six sponsoring associations, working together to provide a more comprehensive and accurate picture of student progress and completion as students move across institutions and state boundaries.

South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. SDState is the state’s largest and most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs. Our students get a personal, practical education on a vibrant campus with faculty that are engaged – not only in the classroom – but also throughout campus. Flexible academic programs provide hands-on learning with professional experiences through internships, study abroad and the experiential learning today’s students seek. We prepare students to make a difference in the world! The value of SDState is found in excellent academics, affordability through value-driven tuition and scholarship opportunities and a campus community that creates Jackrabbits for life. More than 200 student organizations are available to ensure there is something for everyone. Located in Brookings, the university is home to more than 11,000 students – large enough for those seeking a big-time campus feel, but yet not too big that students don’t feel at home.
First-Time Full-Time

First-Time Full-Time Students Starting Fall 2012

Number of students: 2,071

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58%
18%
2%
6%
16%
WITHIN 6 YEARS
54%
15%
7%
7%
17%
WITHIN 5 YEARS
37%
10%
26%
13%
14%
WITHIN 4 YEARS
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Graduated: Reporting institution
Transferred & Graduated: Other Institution
Enrolled: Reporting institution
Transferred & Enrolled: Other Institution
Current Status Unknown

The SAM Full-time Bachelor's Degree model tracks a group of students who started a bachelor's degree program at South Dakota State University in the Fall of 2012. The students' progress toward a degree is reported within 4, 5, and 6 years. The same group of students is included in the results for every year.

The sections of the SAM chart represent the proportion of students in the original group with the following five outcomes.

  • Students who started at and graduated from South Dakota State University are represented by the darker purple bar with the solid black bar underneath (). (This section of the chart Within 6 Years is approximately the same as the federal graduation rate, but it may differ slightly for each institution.)
  • Students who started at South Dakota State University and then transferred to and graduated from another institution are represented by the lighter purple bar with the white stripe underneath ()
  • Students who started at and are still enrolled at South Dakota State University are represented by the darker aqua bar with two white stripes underneath ().
  • Students who started at South Dakota State University and then transferred to and are still enrolled at another institution are represented by the lighter aqua bar with the bottom white stripe ().
  • Students from the original group whose status is unknown are represented by the green bar with the top white stripe (). These students may have graduated or still be enrolled somewhere, but their status could not be determined conclusively.

South Dakota State University | Bachelor's Seeking Model - First-Time Full-Time

OUTCOMES FOR STUDENT STARTING AT
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY IN FALL 2012 BY SUMMER 2018
 
2012-13
 
2013-14
 
2014-15
WITHIN 4 YEARS
2015-16
WITHIN 5 YEARS
2016-17
WITHIN 6 YEARS
2017-18
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Bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University 0% 0% 1% 36% 54% 57%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from South Dakota State University 0% 0% 1% 1% 0% 1%
= Total Graduated from South Dakota State University 0% 0% 2% 37% 54% 58%
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Bachelor's degree from another institution 0% 0% 0% 4% 9% 11%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from another institution 0% 2% 5% 6% 6% 7%
= Total Graduated from another institution 0% 2% 5% 10% 15% 18%
Enrolled at South Dakota State University 96% 75% 64% 26% 7% 2%
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Enrolled at another 4-year institution 0% 8% 11% 9% 5% 4%
+ Enrolled at another 2-year institution 1% 5% 5% 4% 2% 2%
= Total Transferred and enrolled
at another institution
1% 13% 16% 13% 7% 6%
Current Status Unknown 3% 10% 13% 14% 17% 16%
Full-Time Transfer

Full-Time Transfer Students Starting Fall 2012

Number of students: 382

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57%
16%
1%
5%
21%
WITHIN 6 YEARS
53%
12%
8%
10%
17%
WITHIN 4 YEARS
15%
2%
56%
12%
15%
WITHIN 2 YEARS
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Graduated: Reporting institution
Transferred & Graduated: Other Institution
Enrolled: Reporting institution
Transferred & Enrolled: Other Institution
Current Status Unknown

The SAM Full-time Bachelor's Degree model tracks a group of students who started a bachelor's degree program at South Dakota State University in the Fall of 2012. The students' progress toward a degree is reported within 4, 5, and 6 years. The same group of students is included in the results for every year.

The sections of the SAM chart represent the proportion of students in the original group with the following five outcomes.

  • Students who started at and graduated from South Dakota State University are represented by the darker purple bar with the solid black bar underneath (). (This section of the chart Within 6 Years is approximately the same as the federal graduation rate, but it may differ slightly for each institution.)
  • Students who started at South Dakota State University and then transferred to and graduated from another institution are represented by the lighter purple bar with the white stripe underneath ()
  • Students who started at and are still enrolled at South Dakota State University are represented by the darker aqua bar with two white stripes underneath ().
  • Students who started at South Dakota State University and then transferred to and are still enrolled at another institution are represented by the lighter aqua bar with the bottom white stripe ().
  • Students from the original group whose status is unknown are represented by the green bar with the top white stripe (). These students may have graduated or still be enrolled somewhere, but their status could not be determined conclusively.

South Dakota State University | Bachelor's Seeking Model - Full-Time Transfer

OUTCOMES FOR STUDENT STARTING AT
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY IN FALL 2012 BY SUMMER 2018
 
2012-13
WITHIN 2 YEARS
2013-14
 
2014-15
WITHIN 4 YEARS
2015-16
 
2016-17
WITHIN 6 YEARS
2017-18
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Bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University 3% 14% 38% 52% 56% 56%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from South Dakota State University 0% 1% 1% 1% 0% 1%
= Total Graduated from South Dakota State University 3% 15% 39% 53% 56% 57%
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Bachelor's degree from another institution 0% 1% 4% 8% 10% 11%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from another institution 1% 1% 2% 4% 5% 5%
= Total Graduated from another institution 1% 2% 6% 12% 15% 16%
Enrolled at South Dakota State University 92% 56% 25% 8% 2% 1%
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Enrolled at another 4-year institution 1% 9% 11% 6% 4% 4%
+ Enrolled at another 2-year institution 0% 3% 3% 4% 2% 1%
= Total Transferred and enrolled
at another institution
1% 12% 14% 10% 6% 5%
Current Status Unknown 3% 15% 16% 17% 21% 21%