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26 Colleges
11,978 Yearly Graduations
$38,827 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,874 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, South Dakota is ranked #49 in the country with 11,978 degrees handed out in 2019. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in South Dakota is $9,707 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $10,685 a year.

An estimated 71% of college students in South Dakota take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,968 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
2,727 Yearly Degrees
$8,083 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at South Dakota State University is 12,516, of which 8,425 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average South Dakota State undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,065 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from South Dakota State is $37,900.

#2

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
2,292 Yearly Degrees
$6,062 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,908 full-time undergraduates at U of South Dakota, and 10,261 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at U of South Dakota is 4.4 years.

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

Roughly 70% of students at U of South Dakota take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from U of South Dakota is $35,200.

#3

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
933 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,244 students at Southeast Technical Institute in total, 1,426 of which 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. The student loan default rate of 9.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Southeast Technical Institute with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
842 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Lake Area Technical Institute is 2,055, of which 1,517 students 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. 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.

Public Public vs. Private
638 Yearly Degrees
$7,920 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,997 full-time undergraduates at SD Mines, and 2,778 students altogether. It takes the average SD Mines undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Of the accepted students, 76% are men and 24% are women.

Roughly 62% of students at SD Mines take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,770 a year. SD Mines has a 3.5% 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 SD Mines is $53,200.

#6

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
606 Yearly Degrees
$34,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Augustana University is 2,080, of which 1,679 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

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

Roughly 64% of students at Augustana Sioux Falls take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,178 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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.

#7

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
603 Yearly Degrees
$8,384 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Black Hills State University is 4,178, of which 2,195 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at BHSU is 4.7 years.

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

71% of BHSU students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%!

Students who graduate from BHSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
484 Yearly Degrees
$5,939 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,397 full-time undergraduates at Dakota State, and 3,307 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Dakota State is 4.6 years.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 67% 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.

#9

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
480 Yearly Degrees
$7,020 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,036 full-time undergraduates at University of Sioux Falls, and 1,453 students altogether. For undergraduates at University of Sioux Falls, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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

Roughly 79% of students at University of Sioux Falls take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,008 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#10

Mitchell Technical Institute

Mitchell, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
474 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,187 students at Mitchell Technical Institute in total, 853 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

67% of Mitchell Technical Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,666 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,000 during the early-career years.

#11

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
421 Yearly Degrees
$5,939 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,611 students at NSU in total, 1,346 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average NSU undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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

71% of NSU students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

#12

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
371 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,050 students at Western Dakota Tech in total, 618 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

66% of Western Dakota Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

#13

Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
221 Yearly Degrees
$14,400 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 908 students at Dakota Wesleyan University in total, 668 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Dakota Wesleyan University undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 88% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Dakota Wesleyan University is $35,000.

#14

Mount Marty College

Yankton, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
198 Yearly Degrees
$6,825 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 457 full-time undergraduates at Mount Marty, and 1,048 students altogether. It takes the average Mount Marty undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

80% of Mount Marty students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,818 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#15

Presentation College

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
182 Yearly Degrees
$15,576 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 761 students at Presentation College in total, 475 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Presentation College undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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 typical student loan amount is $8,088 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#16

Oglala Lakota College

Kyle, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
162 Yearly Degrees
$2,070 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Oglala Lakota College is 1,246, of which 715 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Students who graduate from Oglala Lakota College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $15,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Stewart School

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

There are 103 full-time undergraduates at Stewart School, and 103 students altogether. Stewart School has a freshman retention rate of 100%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Approximately 52% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,375 a year. Stewart School has a 1.3% 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 Stewart School is $22,200.

#18

Sinte Gleska University

Mission, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
79 Yearly Degrees
$1,500 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 258 full-time undergraduates at Sinte Gleska University, and 581 students altogether. 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.

#19

Headlines Academy Inc

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

There are 101 students at Headlines Academy Inc in total, 101 of which are full-time undergraduates. 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 typical student loan amount 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.

#20

Sioux Falls Seminary

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
42 Yearly Degrees
$3,600 Yearly Tuition (In-State

#21

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 76, of which 76 students are 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. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Black Hills Beauty College is $19,900.

#22

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
29 Yearly Degrees

There are 197 students at Sisseton Wahpeton College in total, 149 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Sisseton Wahpeton College is $13,700.

#23

Sanford Medical Center

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

There are 23 full-time undergraduates at Sanford Medical Center, and 23 students altogether. 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%.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
10 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology is 20, of which 20 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

#25

Institute-Of-Lutheran-Theology

Brookings, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
8 Yearly Degrees
$7,290 Yearly Tuition (In-State

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