South Dakota State ranked as nation’s 36th-best online college

Online College Plan has named South Dakota State University one of the nation’s Top 100 Best Online Colleges. South Dakota State is No. 36 in the rankings.

“SDSU has worked hard to ensure students have a positive and successful experience in their online programs and courses. We are pleased to be recognized for this hard work,” said Lindsey Hamlin, director of Continuing and Distance Education.

State offers eight undergraduate, 13 graduate and nine certificate programs completely online. More than 7,000 students have taken at least one online class through SDSU, and the university even offers a High School Dual Credit Program in which high school students can take distance education classes for both college and high school credit.

Online College Plan examined student rankings for a number of online colleges offering online degree programs to ensure that each school offers an education that its students are proud to have. Other criteria, including technology used for course delivery, flexibility of classes, average cost of attendance and academic offerings were analyzed to determine the placement of each college and university in this ranking of the best online colleges.

The rankings can be found at


About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from six different colleges representing nearly 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 35 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs.

The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.