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September 14, 2004
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Tech Named One Of “America’s 100 Best College Buys”
South Dakota Tech has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for the seventh consecutive year. Tech is the only college or university in South Dakota to make the list.
“When you add this distinction to the excellent record of Tech students finding jobs and earning high starting salaries, it shows that students are getting their money’s worth and more when they choose South Dakota Tech,” Director of Admissions Joe Mueller said.
Tech’s 2003-2004 graduates averaged starting salaries of more than $47,000. More than 80 percent are working in their career fields or are pursuing graduate or professional degrees.
The survey reported average costs of attendance, including tuition, fees, room and board. The survey found that the average 2004-2005 cost of attendance based on the regular cost at a private institution and the out-of-state cost at a public institution is $22,198. Tech’s costs are $8,373 for South Dakota residents and $13,230 for out-of-state residents.
This year’s America’s 100 Best College Buys is the ninth list published by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., a research and consulting organization that specializes in the recruiting and retention of students for universities. Each year, the organization identifies the 100 colleges and universities in the United States that provide students the highest quality education at the lowest cost. The organization sends surveys to each institution that meets its criteria and makes selections for the list. This year, 1,209 universities responded to the survey.
Survey results showed that the average national ACT score for entering college freshmen was 23, the SAT average was 1090, and the average high school grade point average was 3.23. Entering freshman at Tech earned an average ACT average score of 24, SAT average of 1114 and a GPA average of 3.32.
South Dakota Tech, located in Rapid City, S.D., offers an associate’s degree; 16 undergraduate programs in engineering, science and interdisciplinary science; 10 master’s degree programs; and three Ph.D. programs.
All of Tech’s programs emphasize advanced science and math, and all combine classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory work. In addition, 75 percent of Tech graduates have relevant work experience through co-ops and internships.
A university or college must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
Be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees.
Offer full residential facilities including residence halls and dining services.
Have had an entering freshman class in the fall of 2003 with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average for entering college freshmen.
Have an out-of-state cost of attendance in 2004-2005 for three-quarters or two semesters below the national average cost of attendance or not exceeding the national average cost by more than 10 percent.
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