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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. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $9,707 per year to get their degree at a college in South Dakota, while out of state students will pay an average of $10,685 per year.

About 71% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly 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
$9,114 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at South Dakota State University is 12,104, of which 10,544 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,169 are full-time. 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.

68% of South Dakota State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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.

#2

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
2,292 Yearly Degrees
$9,332 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,590 undergraduates at USD, of which 4,969 are full-time, and there are 10,066 students altogether. 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.

Approximately 70% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,200 during the early-career years.

#3

Southeast Technical Institute

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

The total student population at Southeast Technical Institute is 2,166, which includes 1,405 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 82% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,621 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#4

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
842 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.

86% of LATI students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,100 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
638 Yearly Degrees
$10,770 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,304 undergraduates at SD Mines, of which 1,873 are full-time, and there are 2,654 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at SD Mines is 4.4 years.

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

62% of SD Mines students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,770 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $53,200 during the early-career years.

#6

Augustana University

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

The total student population at Augustana University is 2,133, of which 1,807 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,717 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Augustana Sioux Falls is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 68%. Of the accepted students, 43% 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%.

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
$9,009 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,745 undergraduates at BHSU, of which 2,029 are full-time, and there are 4,035 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% 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. BHSU has a 8.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national 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
$9,536 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Dakota State University is 3,382, of which 2,993 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,448 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Dakota State 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%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Dakota State is $33,300.

#9

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
480 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. For undergraduates at University of Sioux Falls, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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

Roughly 79% of students at University of Sioux Falls take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%!

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

#10

Mitchell Technical Institute

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

There are 840 full-time undergraduates at Mitchell Technical Institute, and 1,198 students altogether. 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 Technical Institute is $37,000.

#11

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
421 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.

71% of NSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,337 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NSU is $32,100.

#12

Western Dakota Technical Institute

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

There are 1,061 students at Western Dakota Tech in total, 568 are 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%.

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

#13

Dakota Wesleyan University

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

There are 1,024 students at Dakota Wesleyan University in total, 884 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 689 are full-time. It takes the average Dakota Wesleyan University undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

About 76% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 56% are men and 44% are women.

Approximately 88% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,503 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,000 during the early-career years.

#14

Mount Marty University

Yankton, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
198 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. For undergraduates at Mount Marty, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

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

80% of Mount Marty students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

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
$21,375 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Presentation College is 700, of which 686 students are undergraduates and of those, 445 are full-time. It takes the average Presentation College undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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

79% of Presentation College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Presentation College is $35,600.

#16

Oglala Lakota College

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

There are 1,300 students at Oglala Lakota College in total, 1,263 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 721 are full-time. For undergraduates at Oglala Lakota College, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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 112 full-time undergraduates at Stewart School, and 112 students altogether. 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. Stewart School has a 1.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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.

#18

Sinte Gleska University

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

There are 583 students at Sinte Gleska University in total, 511 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 201 are full-time. 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.

#19

Headlines Academy Inc

Rapid City, South Dakota
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
44 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 87%.

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%.

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.

#20

Sioux Falls Seminary

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

#21

Black Hills Beauty College

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

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

Roughly 56% of students at Black Hills Beauty College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,116 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.4% is very similar 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.

#22

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
29 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.

#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.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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.

#25

Institute of Lutheran Theology

Brookings, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
8 Yearly Degrees
$4,890 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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