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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 live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $10,088 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $10,943 a 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

There are 2,245 students at LATI in total, 1,566 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 86% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,146 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from LATI is $34,100.

#2

Southeast Technical Institute

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

There are 2,166 students at Southeast Technical Institute in total, 1,405 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 82% of students at Southeast Technical Institute take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southeast Technical Institute is $34,200.

#3

Mitchell Technical Institute

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

There are 1,198 students at Mitchell Technical Institute in total, 840 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 67% of students at Mitchell Technical Institute take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,666 a year. Mitchell Technical Institute has a 7.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Mitchell Technical Institute with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Western Dakota Technical Institute

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

The total student population at Western Dakota Technical Institute is 1,061, which includes 568 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 66% of students at Western Dakota Tech take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Western Dakota Tech is $28,700.

#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 10,066, of which 7,590 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,969 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.

Roughly 70% of students at USD take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,283 a year. USD has a 4.8% 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 $35,200 during the early-career years.

#6

South Dakota State University

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

There are 12,104 students at South Dakota State in total, 10,544 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 8,169 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at South Dakota State is 4.5 years.

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

68% of South Dakota State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,065 a year. South Dakota State has a 4.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from South Dakota State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Stewart School

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

There are 112 students at Stewart School in total, 112 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 52% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,375 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,200 during the early-career years.

#8

Headlines Academy Inc

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

There are 77 full-time undergraduates at Headlines Academy Inc, and 77 students altogether. Headlines Academy Inc has a freshman retention rate of 87%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

57% of Headlines Academy Inc students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $17,600 during the early-career years.

#9

Black Hills Beauty College

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

There are 67 students at Black Hills Beauty College in total, 67 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 56% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,116 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $19,900 during the early-career years.

#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 686 undergraduates at Presentation College, of which 445 are full-time, and there are 700 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 58% 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. Presentation College has a 8.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Presentation College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Dakota State University

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

There are 3,382 students at Dakota State in total, 2,993 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,448 are full-time. For undergraduates at Dakota State, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Around 67% of accepted students are men, and 33% are women.

Roughly 74% of students at Dakota State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,401 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.4% which is much lower than the average 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 1,300, of which 1,263 students are undergraduates and of those, 721 are full-time. It takes the average Oglala Lakota College undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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 511 undergraduates at Sinte Gleska University, of which 201 are full-time, and there are 583 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Sinte Gleska University is 4.8 years.

Students who graduate from Sinte Gleska University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $14,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Sanford Medical Center

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

The total student population at Sanford Medical Center is 23, which includes 23 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 4 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 6.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#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

There are 1,615 students at University of Sioux Falls in total, 1,319 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,137 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

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 typical student loan amount is $8,008 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,100 during the early-career years.

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 23, which includes 23 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 1,044, of which 862 students are undergraduates and of those, 497 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

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

Approximately 80% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,818 a year. Mount Marty has a 5.3% 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 Mount Marty is $32,500.

#17

Dakota Wesleyan University

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

The total student population at Dakota Wesleyan University is 1,024, of which 884 students are undergraduates and of those, 689 are full-time. For undergraduates at Dakota Wesleyan University, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 76% of students who apply get accepted. Around 56% of accepted students 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. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.9% which is much lower than the average 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 15, which includes 15 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

There are 110 full-time undergraduates at Sisseton Wahpeton College, and 167 students altogether. 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 3,493, of which 3,051 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,333 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at NSU is 4.6 years.

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

Approximately 71% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,337 a year. NSU has a 8.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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

The total student population at Black Hills State University is 4,035, of which 3,745 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,029 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at BHSU is 4.7 years.

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

71% of BHSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from BHSU is $29,900.

#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 1,807 undergraduates at Augustana Sioux Falls, of which 1,717 are full-time, and there are 2,133 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Augustana Sioux Falls. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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

64% of Augustana Sioux Falls students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,178 a year. The student loan default rate of 0.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Augustana Sioux Falls with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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