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# South Dakota Colleges

In 2019, 11,978 students received a degree from a college in South Dakota, making it rank #49 in terms of graduations. 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.

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## Most Popular Schools in South Dakota

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There are 11,512 students at South Dakota State in total, 10,067 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,971 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Around 91% of students who apply get accepted. Around 47% of accepted students 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 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.

The total student population at University of South Dakota is 9,920, of which 7,475 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,899 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.

70% of USD students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,283 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from USD with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

There are 2,380 students at Southeast Tech in total, 1,349 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 82% of students at Southeast Tech 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 Tech is $34,200.

There are 1,507 full-time undergraduates at LATI, and 2,228 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

86% of LATI students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,146 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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.

There are 2,525 students at SD Mines in total, 2,202 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,870 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at SD Mines is 4.4 years.

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

62% of SD Mines students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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.

There are 1,818 undergraduates at Augustana Sioux Falls, of which 1,727 are full-time, and there are 2,113 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Augustana Sioux Falls is 4.2 years.

About 68% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% 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. Augustana Sioux Falls has a 0.4% 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 Augustana Sioux Falls is $37,700.

There are 3,684 undergraduates at BHSU, of which 1,945 are full-time, and there are 3,858 students altogether. For undergraduates at BHSU, the average graduation time 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.

The total student population at Dakota State University is 3,268, of which 2,818 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,503 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

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 typical student loan amount is $7,401 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,300 during the early-career years.

There are 1,675 students at University of Sioux Falls in total, 1,390 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,206 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. 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 student loan default rate of 4.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from University of Sioux Falls with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

There are 1,162 students at Mitchell Tech in total, 848 are full-time undergraduates. 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 typical student loan amount is $5,666 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

There are 3,008 undergraduates at NSU, of which 1,265 are full-time, and there are 3,427 students altogether. 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.

Approximately 71% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,100 during the early-career years.

The total student population at Western Dakota Technical Institute is 1,214, which includes 603 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%.

Students who graduate from Western Dakota Tech with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

There are 747 undergraduates at Dakota Wesleyan University, of which 630 are full-time, and there are 880 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 76%. Of the accepted students, 56% 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 student loan default rate of 5.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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.

There are 1,049 students at Mount Marty in total, 867 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 522 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Mount Marty is 4.1 years.

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

Roughly 80% of students at Mount Marty take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,818 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Mount Marty is $32,500.

There are 558 undergraduates at Presentation College, of which 359 are full-time, and there are 584 students altogether. For undergraduates at Presentation College, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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.

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.

The total student population at Oglala Lakota College is 1,306, of which 1,280 students are undergraduates and of those, 706 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Oglala Lakota College 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.

The total student population at Stewart School is 117, which includes 117 full-time undergraduates. 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.

52% of Stewart School students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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.

There are 549 students at Sinte Gleska University in total, 484 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 176 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at Sinte Gleska University. The freshman retention rate is 100%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Sinte Gleska University is $14,200.

The total student population at Headlines Academy Inc is 80, which includes 80 full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Headlines Academy Inc is 87%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Approximately 57% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Headlines Academy Inc is $17,600.

There are 57 full-time undergraduates at Black Hills Beauty College, and 57 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 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.

The total student population at Sisseton Wahpeton College is 119, which includes 84 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $13,700 during the early-career years.

There are 24 students at Sanford Medical Center in total, 24 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 6.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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 10 to 1.

## Other South Dakota Colleges

Rank | School | Yearly Graduations |
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26 | Avera Sacred Heart Hospital | 5 |

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