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Colleges in South Dakota

25 colleges
12,200 yearly degrees
$10,336 average yearly in-state tuition
$27,834 average 4-year student loan

There are fewer schools than is typical in this state, but students should remember quality is more important than quantity. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in South Dakota is $10,336, while the average out-of-state tuition is $11,117.

An estimated 65% of college students in South Dakota take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,959.

The list below includes some of the biggest schools in the state ranked in order of popularity:

#1

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota
Public public vs private
2,700 yearly awards
$23,362 net cost

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.

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

69% of South Dakota State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $8,291. The student loan default rate of 4.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from South Dakota State is $44,400.

#2

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
Public public vs private
2,230 yearly awards
$17,344 net cost

There are 4,908 full-time undergraduates at U of South Dakota, and 10,261 students altogether. It takes the average U of South Dakota undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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 average amount of these loans is $6,884. The student loan default rate of 5.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $42,000.

#3

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Public public vs private
920 yearly awards
$14,289 net cost

There are approximately 2,244 students at Southeast Technical Institute in total, 1,426 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 68% of students at Southeast Technical Institute take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,424. The student loan default rate of 10.7% is very similar to the national average.

Students who graduate for Southeast Technical Institute with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,200 after graduation.

#4

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota
Public public vs private
810 yearly awards
$12,394 net cost

There are approximately 2,055 students at LATI in total, 1,517 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at LATI. The freshman retention rate is 81%.

Roughly, 89% of students at LATI take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $5,934. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.2% is close to the national average.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from LATI earns $36,900.

#5

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota
Public public vs private
660 yearly awards
$15,839 net cost

There are 2,195 full-time undergraduates at BHSU, and 4,178 students altogether. It takes the average BHSU undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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

68% of BHSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $6,668. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.3% is close to the national average.

$35,900 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from BHSU earns.

#6

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit public vs private
630 yearly awards
$18,446 net cost

The total student population at Augustana University is 2,080, of which 1,679 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Augustana Sioux Falls. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 68%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,747. Augustana Sioux Falls has a 3.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $43,700.

Public public vs private
510 yearly awards
$19,759 net cost

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

83% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 76% are men and 24% are women.

Roughly, 59% of students at SD Mines take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $7,838. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SD Mines earns $56,500.

#8

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota
Public public vs private
500 yearly awards
$16,940 net cost

There are 1,397 full-time undergraduates at Dakota State, and 3,307 students altogether. It takes the average Dakota State undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

84% of students who apply get accepted. Around 67% of accepted students are men, and 33% are women.

77% of Dakota State students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,958. The student loan default rate of 5.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

$38,700 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Dakota State earns.

#9

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit public vs private
480 yearly awards
$20,014 net cost

The total student population at University of Sioux Falls is 1,453, of which 1,036 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average University of Sioux Falls undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $8,400. University of Sioux Falls has a 3.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate for University of Sioux Falls with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,100 after graduation.

#10

Mitchell Technical Institute

Mitchell, South Dakota
Public public vs private
470 yearly awards
$12,077 net cost

There are 853 full-time undergraduates at Mitchell Technical Institute, and 1,187 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Mitchell Technical Institute. The freshman retention rate is 81%.

66% of Mitchell Technical Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $5,914. This school’s student loan default rate of 10% is close to the national average.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Mitchell Technical Institute is $39,700.

#11

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Public public vs private
440 yearly awards
$14,917 net cost

The total student population at Northern State University is 3,611, of which 1,346 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average NSU undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly, 70% of students at NSU take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,183. The student loan default rate of 9.2% is very similar to the national average.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $35,300.

#12

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City, South Dakota
Public public vs private
380 yearly awards
$14,016 net cost

There are approximately 1,050 students at Western Dakota Tech in total, 618 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 70% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $5,908. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Western Dakota Tech earns $33,800.

#13

National American University - Rapid City

Rapid City, South Dakota
Private for-profit public vs private
320 yearly awards
$15,428 net cost

The total student population at National American University - Rapid City is 1,346, of which 303 students are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 67% of students at National American University - Rapid City take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,125. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from National American University - Rapid City is $34,500.

#14

Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit public vs private
210 yearly awards
$20,275 net cost

There are approximately 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.

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

96% of Dakota Wesleyan University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $9,009. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

$37,200 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Dakota Wesleyan University earns.

#15

Mount Marty College

Yankton, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit public vs private
200 yearly awards
$20,396 net cost

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: It has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Approximately 76% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $7,258. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.3% is close to the national average.

Students who graduate for Mount Marty with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,600 after graduation.

#16

Presentation College

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit public vs private
140 yearly awards
$19,329 net cost

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

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

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,575. Presentation College has a 7.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Presentation College is $34,700.

#17

Oglala Lakota College

Kyle, South Dakota
Public public vs private
130 yearly awards
$5,207 net cost

There are approximately 1,246 students at Oglala Lakota College in total, 715 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Oglala Lakota College undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

Roughly, 0% of students at Oglala Lakota College take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Oglala Lakota College earns $17,700.

#18

Headlines Academy Inc

Rapid City, South Dakota
Private for-profit public vs private
80 yearly awards
$9,468 net cost

The total student population at Headlines Academy Inc is 101, of which 101 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has an admirable student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

79% of Headlines Academy Inc students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $5,889. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$19,700 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Headlines Academy Inc earns.

#19

Stewart School

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private for-profit public vs private
80 yearly awards
$11,299 net cost

There are approximately 103 students at Stewart School in total, 103 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Stewart School. The freshman retention rate is 100%.

Approximately 76% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $6,183. Stewart School has a 5.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate for Stewart School with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,200 after graduation.

#20

National American University - Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private for-profit public vs private
70 yearly awards
$11,583 net cost

The total student population at National American University - Sioux Falls is 219, of which 37 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has an admirable student-to-faculty ratio of 4 to 1.

Roughly, 100% of students at National American University - Sioux Falls take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,334. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $34,500.

#21

Sinte Gleska University

Mission, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit public vs private
60 yearly awards
$12,723 net cost

There are 258 full-time undergraduates at Sinte Gleska University, and 581 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Sinte Gleska University. The freshman retention rate is 100%.

0% of Sinte Gleska University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $18,400.

#22

Sioux Falls Seminary

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit public vs private
40 yearly awards
$ net cost

The total student population at Sioux Falls Seminary is 229, of which students are full-time undergraduates.

% of North American Baptist Seminary students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $.

$0 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from North American Baptist Seminary earns.

#22

National American University - Ellsworth AFB Extension

Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota
Private for-profit public vs private
40 yearly awards
$10,889 net cost

There are 51 full-time undergraduates at National American University - Ellsworth AFB Extension, and 295 students altogether. The school has an admirable student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

Roughly, 75% of students at National American University - Ellsworth AFB Extension take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $5,168. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from National American University - Ellsworth AFB Extension earns $34,500.

#24

Black Hills Beauty College

Rapid City, South Dakota
Private for-profit public vs private
40 yearly awards
$10,159 net cost

There are approximately 76 students at Black Hills Beauty College in total, 76 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Black Hills Beauty College. The freshman retention rate is 81%.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $6,439. The student loan default rate of 4.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Black Hills Beauty College is $20,100.

#25

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton, South Dakota
Public public vs private
20 yearly awards
$8,979 net cost

There are 149 full-time undergraduates at Sisseton Wahpeton College, and 197 students altogether. The school has an admirable student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Roughly, 0% of students at Sisseton Wahpeton College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $.

Students who graduate for Sisseton Wahpeton College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,600 after graduation.

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