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23 Colleges
2,179 Yearly Graduations
$37,506 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$28,622 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 $9,377 per year to get their degree at a college in South Dakota, while out of state students will pay an average of $10,468 per year.

An estimated 68% of college students in South Dakota take out loans, with the average loan amount being $7,156 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
515 Yearly Degrees
$6,718 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,217 students at LATI in total, 1,509 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 87% of students at LATI take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,065 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from LATI with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,208 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Southeast Technical College

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
470 Yearly Degrees
$7,650 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,330 students at Southeast Tech in total, 1,205 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,505 a year. Southeast Tech has a 4.9% 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 Southeast Tech is $37,573.

#3

Mitchell Technical College

Mitchell, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
305 Yearly Degrees
$7,524 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,378 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,981 during the early-career years.

#4

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
301 Yearly Degrees
$8,332 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 584 full-time undergraduates at Western Dakota Tech, and 1,324 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 64% of students at Western Dakota Tech take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,940 a year. The student loan default rate of 12.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,591 during the early-career years.

#5

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
221 Yearly Degrees
$9,432 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,103 undergraduates at USD, of which 4,741 are full-time, and there are 9,459 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at USD is 4.3 years.

Around 91% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Approximately 64% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,533 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from USD is $40,830.

#6

Stewart School

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

The total student population at Stewart School is 133, which includes 133 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 71% of students at Stewart School take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,533 a year.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,787 during the early-career years.

#7

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
83 Yearly Degrees
$9,299 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Roughly 65% of students at South Dakota State take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,374 a year. South Dakota State has a 2.7% 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 $43,507 during the early-career years.

#8

Black Hills Beauty College

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

The total student population at Black Hills Beauty College is 48, which includes 45 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

Roughly 71% of students at Black Hills Beauty College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,408 a year. Black Hills Beauty College has a 2.2% 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 $20,591 during the early-career years.

#9

Headlines Academy Inc

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

There are 77 students at Headlines Academy Inc in total, 77 are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Headlines Academy Inc. The freshman retention rate is 100%.

Roughly 79% of students at Headlines Academy Inc take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,678 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Headlines Academy Inc is $22,204.

#10

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
16 Yearly Degrees
$19,900 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Sioux Falls is 1,628, of which 1,354 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,182 are full-time. It takes the average University of Sioux Falls undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

81% of University of Sioux Falls students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,123 a year. University of Sioux Falls has a 2.3% 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 University of Sioux Falls is $42,369.

#10

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
16 Yearly Degrees
$9,633 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,186 students at Dakota State in total, 2,740 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,495 are full-time. For undergraduates at Dakota State, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Around 66% of accepted students are men, and 33% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at Dakota State take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,649 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Dakota State is $39,766.

#12

Sanford Medical Center

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

There are 27 students at Sanford Medical Center in total, 27 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 4 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
12 Yearly Degrees
$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
8 Yearly Degrees
$22,006 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 625 students at Presentation College in total, 598 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 393 are full-time. For undergraduates at Presentation College, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 93% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 80% are men and 20% are women.

71% of Presentation College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,063 a year. Presentation College has a 6.5% 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 Presentation College is $45,205.

#15

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

Yankton, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
5 Yearly Degrees
$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
5 Yearly Degrees
$2,684 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,251 students at Oglala Lakota College in total, 1,222 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 637 are full-time. It takes the average Oglala Lakota College undergraduate about 5.5 years to complete their degree.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Oglala Lakota College is $16,588.

#17

Sisseton Wahpeton College

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

The total student population at Sisseton Wahpeton College is 125, which includes 65 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 $21,350 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
3 Yearly Degrees
$12,110 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,475 students at SD Mines in total, 2,146 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,701 are full-time. For undergraduates at SD Mines, the average graduation time is 4.8 years.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 74% are men and 26% are women.

Roughly 55% of students at SD Mines take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,038 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SD Mines is $57,561.

#18

Mount Marty University

Yankton, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3 Yearly Degrees
$29,980 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,167 students at Mount Marty in total, 987 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 595 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Mount Marty is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 78%. Around 61% of accepted students are men, and 39% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at Mount Marty take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,546 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Mount Marty with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,894 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Sinte Gleska University

Mission, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
1 Yearly Degrees
$3,154 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 average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Sinte Gleska University is 4.0 years.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Sinte Gleska University is $16,698.

#20

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
1 Yearly Degrees
$8,845 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,431 students at NSU in total, 2,968 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,149 are full-time. It takes the average NSU undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

62% of NSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,286 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from NSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,284 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
1 Yearly Degrees
$8,916 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,608 students at BHSU in total, 3,413 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,794 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 97% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,878 a year. BHSU has a 8.6% 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 BHSU is $35,477.

#23

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
0 Yearly Degrees
$35,914 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Augustana University is 2,019, of which 1,735 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,665 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 71%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

63% of Augustana Sioux Falls students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,647 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Augustana Sioux Falls is $44,200.

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