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23 Colleges
2,160 Yearly Graduations
$40,352 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,920 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

South Dakota ranked #45 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2019. Around 2,160 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $10,088 per year to get their degree at a college in South Dakota, while out of state students will pay an average of $10,943 per year.

An estimated 71% of college students in South Dakota take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,980 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
518 Yearly Degrees
$5,514 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Lake Area Technical Institute is 2,228, which includes 1,507 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 86% of students at LATI take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,146 a year. LATI has a 8.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from LATI with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Southeast Technical College

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
449 Yearly Degrees
$6,448 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southeast Technical College is 2,380, which includes 1,349 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

82% of Southeast Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,621 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,200 during the early-career years.

#3

Mitchell Technical College

Mitchell, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
313 Yearly Degrees
$6,944 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,162 students at Mitchell Tech in total, 848 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 67% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,666 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Mitchell Tech is $37,000.

#4

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
276 Yearly Degrees
$8,254 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 603 full-time undergraduates at Western Dakota Tech, and 1,214 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,389 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,700 during the early-career years.

#5

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
200 Yearly Degrees
$9,332 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of South Dakota is 9,920, of which 7,475 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,899 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

70% of USD students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,283 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from USD with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
91 Yearly Degrees
$9,114 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,512 students at South Dakota State in total, 10,067 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,971 are full-time. For undergraduates at South Dakota State, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

Around 91% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

Roughly 68% of students at South Dakota State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,065 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,900 during the early-career years.

#7

Stewart School

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
80 Yearly Degrees

There are 117 full-time undergraduates at Stewart School, and 117 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Stewart School is 100%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Roughly 52% of students at Stewart School take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,375 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Stewart School with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Headlines Academy Inc

Rapid City, South Dakota
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
44 Yearly Degrees

There are 80 students at Headlines Academy Inc in total, 80 are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Headlines Academy Inc is 87%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Roughly 57% of students at Headlines Academy Inc take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,605 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Headlines Academy Inc with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $17,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Black Hills Beauty College

Rapid City, South Dakota
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
35 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Black Hills Beauty College is 57, which includes 57 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

56% of Black Hills Beauty College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,116 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Black Hills Beauty College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $19,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Presentation College

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
32 Yearly Degrees
$21,375 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 584 students at Presentation College in total, 558 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 359 are full-time. For undergraduates at Presentation College, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Around 58% of accepted students are men, and 42% are women.

Approximately 79% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,088 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,600 during the early-career years.

#11

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
31 Yearly Degrees
$9,536 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Dakota State University is 3,268, of which 2,818 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,503 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Dakota State is 4.6 years.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Around 67% of accepted students are men, and 33% are women.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,401 a year. Dakota State has a 7.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,300 during the early-career years.

#12

Oglala Lakota College

Kyle, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
19 Yearly Degrees
$2,684 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Oglala Lakota College is 1,306, of which 1,280 students are undergraduates and of those, 706 are full-time. For undergraduates at Oglala Lakota College, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $15,600 during the early-career years.

#13

Sinte Gleska University

Mission, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
16 Yearly Degrees
$3,154 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 549 students at Sinte Gleska University in total, 484 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 176 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Sinte Gleska University is 4.8 years.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $14,200 during the early-career years.

#14

Sanford Medical Center

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
12 Yearly Degrees

There are 24 students at Sanford Medical Center in total, 24 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 4 to 1.

Sanford Medical Center has a 6.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

#15

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
11 Yearly Degrees
$18,910 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Sioux Falls is 1,675, of which 1,390 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,206 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at University of Sioux Falls is 4.2 years.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 79% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,008 a year. University of Sioux Falls has a 4.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from University of Sioux Falls is $36,100.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
10 Yearly Degrees
$2,550 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology is 24, which includes 24 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

#17

Mount Marty University

Yankton, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
8 Yearly Degrees
$28,126 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Mount Marty University is 1,049, of which 867 students are undergraduates and of those, 522 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Mount Marty is 4.1 years.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 80% of students at Mount Marty take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,818 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,500 during the early-career years.

#17

Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
8 Yearly Degrees
$28,750 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 880 students at Dakota Wesleyan University in total, 747 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 630 are full-time. For undergraduates at Dakota Wesleyan University, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 76%. Of the accepted students, 56% are men and 44% are women.

88% of Dakota Wesleyan University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,503 a year. Dakota Wesleyan University has a 5.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Dakota Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

Yankton, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
5 Yearly Degrees
$2,500 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is 16, which includes 16 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

#20

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
2 Yearly Degrees
$4,510 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Sisseton Wahpeton College is 119, which includes 84 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Students who graduate from Sisseton Wahpeton College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $13,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
0 Yearly Degrees
$8,750 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northern State University is 3,427, of which 3,008 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,265 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Around 88% of students who apply get accepted. Around 48% of accepted students are men, and 52% are women.

Approximately 71% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,337 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from NSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
0 Yearly Degrees
$9,009 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,858 students at BHSU in total, 3,684 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,945 are full-time. It takes the average BHSU undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Approximately 71% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,063 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,900 during the early-career years.

#21

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
0 Yearly Degrees
$33,960 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,113 students at Augustana Sioux Falls in total, 1,818 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,727 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Augustana Sioux Falls is 86%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 68% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 64% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,178 a year. Augustana Sioux Falls has a 0.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,700 during the early-career years.

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