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Numerous entities rank South ֱ State University’s colleges and academic programs among the nation’s best. 
And the same goes for the Brookings community. Here’s a look at some of our awards and rankings.

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Brookings scores 100 on equality index for 5th straight year

For the fifth-straight year, Brookings has received a score of 100 on the .

  • 2019: Score of 100
  • 2018: Score of 100

 

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Recent ֱs and Rankings

#1 Best Places to live in S.D. (Niche, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016)

#1 Best School Districts in South ֱ (Niche, 2020)

#16 in best performing micropolitan in the U.S. (Policom Corporation, 2020)

#2 Best School Districts in S.D. (Niche, 2019, 2018, 2017)

#7 Top 10 Most Arts-Vibrant Small Communities in the U.S. (SMU Data Arts, 2019)

Named National Micropolitan Success Story (Walton Family Foundation, 2018)

#2 Safest Cities in S.D. (Alarms.org, 2018)

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Previous ֱs and Rankings

#8 Top College Towns in America (Schools.com, 2017)

#25 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs in America (Livability/Entrepreneur, 2017)

#5 Safest City in America (ADT Security, 2015)

#1 Safest College Town in America (Safewise, 2015)

1 of 11 communities chosen nationwide (and only non-metro area) for “Case Study for Positive Economic Transformation” (State of Indiana Study, 2014)

#5 Top 10 Best Small Towns in America (Livability, 2013)

 

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The Safest College Campus in Your State Map

SDSU ranked the safest college campus in South ֱ

For the third-straight year, South ֱ State University has been ranked the safest college campus in South ֱ by , an ADT authorized provider and partner of SafeStreets.

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2021 College Factual International Value Overall Best (Verified)

College Factual ranks SDSU #5 in Best Value Colleges for International Students

South ֱ State University ranked No. 5 in College Factual’s Best Value Colleges for International Students ranking. This ranking is out of 1,204 colleges in the U.S. that offer four-year degrees. South ֱ State is in the top 1% for international students seeking quality and affordability in U.S. education.

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GradReports Best Colleges South ֱ 2021

GradReports ranks SDSU #1 for public South ֱ universities

South ֱ State University was the top-ranked public institution in GradReports’ 2021 Best Colleges in South ֱ by Salary Score. In addition, SDSU’s 52.31 Salary Score is higher than the median for all U.S. colleges.

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SDSU designated as a Purple Heart Campus

South ֱ State University became the nation's ninth Purple Heart Campus, recognized in a dedication ceremony. Kenneth Teunissen, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter No. 5355, read a resolution declaring SDState as the state's first Purple Heart Campus.
 

 


SDSU recognized as a Tree Campus USA

SDSU has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA annually since 2009. The national program promotes a thriving tree population on university campuses.


Additional Campus ֱs and Rankings

Named to The Princeton Review’s 2021 ‘Guide to Green Schools’ list

Zippia ranks SDSU as the best total package college in state (2020)

SDSU Colleges, Departments and Programs
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2023-2024 ֱ and Rankings

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South ֱ State University has been recognized as one of the top colleges in South ֱ for 2024, especially when it comes to online degree programs, according to .

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2022-2023 ֱ and Rankings

Remote Sensing Program

SDSU’s remote sensing program has been ranked as one of the top academic programs in the world by the Shanghai Ranking’s 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. 

  • #5 in the United States
  • #22 in the world

Health/Nursing

SDSU has been ranked by EduMed as one of the nation’s top universities providing online health care programs for 2023. SDSU placed among the top programs in the following areas:

  • #1 Best Online Phlebotomy Classes and Certifications
  • #15 Best Online Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Programs
  • #32 Best Online Nurse Practitioner Programs
  • #41 Best Online Nursing Programs

 

 

 

 

 

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SDSU recognized among best online colleges, degree programs with 12 awards

South ֱ State University has been recognized as one of the top colleges in South ֱ for 2024, especially when it comes to online degree programs, according to Intelligent.com. The website ranked SDSU No. 2 among the 15 best colleges in South ֱ and No. 3 among the 10 best online colleges in South ֱ.

SDSU cited for having best online nursing program in South ֱ

South ֱ State University’s online nursing program ranks first in the state and 45th nationally, according to EduMed. Since 2019, EduMed has released annual rankings that highlight that year’s top programs based on a combination of factors like affordability, accessibility and commitment to student success.

SDSU phlebotomy certificate program ranked top online program second year in a row

South ֱ State University’s phlebotomy certificate program has been ranked one of the top online phlebotomy certificate programs of 2024 by EduMed.