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South Dakota Trade Schools

23 Colleges
$38,617 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,046 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly trade school graduations, South Dakota is ranked #44 in the country with 2,179 degrees handed out in 2021. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $9,654 per year to get their degree at a college in South Dakota, while out of state students will pay an average of $10,746 per year.

About 66% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,762 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$6,718 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
84% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Lake Area Technical Institute is 2,217, which includes 1,509 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

84% of LATI students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,263 a year. LATI has a 2.0% 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 $39,988 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Southeast Technical College

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$7,650 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
78% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Southeast Technical College is 2,330, which includes 1,205 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 78% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,777 a year. The student loan default rate of 0.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southeast Tech is $41,341.

#3

Mitchell Technical College

Mitchell, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$7,524 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
44% Freshmen Loans

There are 855 full-time undergraduates at Mitchell Tech, and 1,162 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 44% of students at Mitchell Tech take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,801 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Mitchell Tech is $41,842.

#4

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$8,333 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
65% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Western Dakota Technical Institute is 1,324, which includes 584 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 65% of students at Western Dakota Tech take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,053 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Western Dakota Tech with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,739 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$9,432 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
60% Freshmen Loans

There are 7,103 undergraduates at USD, of which 4,741 are full-time, and there are 9,459 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

Approximately 60% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,275 a year. The student loan default rate of 0.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from USD is $44,504.

#6

Stewart School

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
71% Freshmen Loans

There are 133 full-time undergraduates at Stewart School, and 133 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 71% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,015 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Stewart School with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,598 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$9,299 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
61% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at South Dakota State University is 11,405, of which 9,976 students are undergraduates and of those, 7,788 are full-time. For undergraduates at South Dakota State, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Roughly 61% of students at South Dakota State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,767 a year. The student loan default rate of 0.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from South Dakota State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $46,330 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Black Hills Beauty College

Rapid City, South Dakota
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
55% Freshmen Loans

There are 45 full-time undergraduates at Black Hills Beauty College, and 48 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1.

Roughly 55% of students at Black Hills Beauty College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,195 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Black Hills Beauty College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,783 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Headlines Academy Inc

Rapid City, South Dakota
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
94% Freshmen Loans

There are 77 full-time undergraduates at Headlines Academy Inc, and 77 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

94% of Headlines Academy Inc students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,574 a year. Headlines Academy Inc has a 1.6% 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 Headlines Academy Inc is $23,559.

#10

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$20,290 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
77% Freshmen Loans

There are 1,354 undergraduates at University of Sioux Falls, of which 1,182 are full-time, and there are 1,628 students altogether. For undergraduates at University of Sioux Falls, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Around 33% of accepted students are men, and 67% are women.

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,060 a year. The student loan default rate of 0.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from University of Sioux Falls with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,888 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$9,633 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
60% Freshmen Loans

There are 2,740 undergraduates at Dakota State, of which 1,495 are full-time, and there are 3,186 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Dakota State is 4.4 years.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 68% are men and 32% are women.

60% of Dakota State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,509 a year. Dakota State has a 1.5% 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 $41,645 during the early-career years.

#12

Sanford Medical Center

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

The total student population at Sanford Medical Center is 27, which includes 27 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 4 to 1.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$2,600 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 24 full-time undergraduates at Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, and 24 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

#14

Presentation College

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$22,765 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
59% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Presentation College is 625, of which 598 students are undergraduates and of those, 393 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Presentation College is 4.4 years.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Around 86% of accepted students are men, and 13% are women.

Roughly 59% of students at Presentation College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,924 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Presentation College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $51,793 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

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

There are 16 full-time undergraduates at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, and 16 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

#15

Oglala Lakota College

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

There are 1,222 undergraduates at Oglala Lakota College, of which 637 are full-time, and there are 1,251 students altogether. For undergraduates at Oglala Lakota College, the average graduation time is 5.5 years.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Oglala Lakota College is $17,572.

#17

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$4,330 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 125 students at Sisseton Wahpeton College in total, 65 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,938 during the early-career years.

#18

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$10,440 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
54% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is 2,475, of which 2,146 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,701 are full-time. It takes the average SD Mines undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 75% are men and 24% are women.

54% of SD Mines students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,636 a year. SD Mines has a 0.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from SD Mines with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $60,005 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Mount Marty University

Yankton, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$31,500 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
69% Freshmen Loans

There are 987 undergraduates at Mount Marty, of which 595 are full-time, and there are 1,167 students altogether. For undergraduates at Mount Marty, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 65% are men and 35% are women.

69% of Mount Marty students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,429 a year. The student loan default rate of 0.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $43,706 during the early-career years.

#20

Sinte Gleska University

Mission, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$4,714 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 438 students at Sinte Gleska University in total, 375 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 156 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Sinte Gleska University is $17,806.

#20

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$8,845 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
66% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Northern State University is 3,431, of which 2,968 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,149 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at NSU is 4.5 years.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly 66% of students at NSU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,165 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NSU is $38,239.

#20

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
$8,916 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
60% Freshmen Loans

There are 3,608 students at BHSU in total, 3,413 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,794 are full-time. It takes the average BHSU undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

Around 97% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

60% of BHSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,660 a year. BHSU has a 2.3% 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 $36,714 during the early-career years.

#23

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$37,342 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
66% Freshmen Loans

There are 2,019 students at Augustana Sioux Falls in total, 1,735 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,665 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 72%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,844 a year.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $47,691 during the early-career years.

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