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20 Colleges
10,548 Yearly Graduations
$40,548 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$28,890 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

South Dakota ranked #49 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2018. Around 10,548 students received some type of diploma that year. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in South Dakota is $10,137 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $11,189 a year.

About 74% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $7,222 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
2,664 Yearly Degrees
$7,825 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 12,516 students at South Dakota State in total, 8,425 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at South Dakota State, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

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

68% of South Dakota State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,065 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.8% 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
2,230 Yearly Degrees
$5,869 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 10,261 students at U of South Dakota in total, 4,908 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students 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 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 $35,200 during the early-career years.

#3

Augustana University

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

There are 2,080 students at Augustana Sioux Falls in total, 1,679 of which 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 who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 68%. 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 typical student loan amount is $9,178 a year. 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’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,700 during the early-career years.

#4

Southeast Technical Institute

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

There are 1,426 full-time undergraduates at Southeast Technical Institute, and 2,244 students altogether. 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 average amount of student loans is $6,621 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.7% 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.

#5

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
607 Yearly Degrees
$8,116 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 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.

71% of BHSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,063 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,900 during the early-career years.

#6

Lake Area Technical Institute

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

There are 1,517 full-time undergraduates at LATI, and 2,055 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 86% of students at LATI take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,146 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.2% is very similar to the national average 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
510 Yearly Degrees
$5,870 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 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.

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

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,770 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SD Mines is $53,200.

#8

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
491 Yearly Degrees
$5,749 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Dakota State University is 3,307, of which 1,397 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Dakota State undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Of the accepted students, 67% are men and 33% are women.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,401 a year. Dakota State has a 5.9% 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
482 Yearly Degrees
$6,930 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,453 students at University of Sioux Falls in total, 1,036 of which are full-time undergraduates. 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.

Approximately 79% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,008 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.4% 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

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
417 Yearly Degrees
$5,749 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,346 full-time undergraduates at NSU, and 3,611 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

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

Roughly 71% of students at NSU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,337 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#11

Mitchell Technical Institute

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

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

Roughly 67% of students at Mitchell Technical Institute take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,666 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Mitchell Technical Institute is $37,000.

#12

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
225 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.

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 16.4% 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
208 Yearly Degrees
$13,550 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 908 students at Dakota Wesleyan University in total, 668 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Dakota Wesleyan University is 4.4 years.

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 typical student loan amount is $8,503 a year. Dakota Wesleyan University has a 6.5% 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 $35,000 during the early-career years.

#14

Mount Marty College

Yankton, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
191 Yearly Degrees
$6,525 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 457 full-time undergraduates at Mount Marty, and 1,048 students altogether. For undergraduates at Mount Marty, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

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.

Approximately 80% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,818 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Mount Marty with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Presentation College

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
142 Yearly Degrees
$17,900 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 761 students at Presentation College in total, 475 of which are full-time undergraduates. 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.

Roughly 79% of students at Presentation College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,088 a year. Presentation College has a 7.5% 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 $35,600.

#16

Oglala Lakota College

Kyle, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
127 Yearly Degrees
$1,035 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 715 full-time undergraduates at Oglala Lakota College, and 1,246 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Oglala Lakota College is 4.2 years.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $15,600 during the early-career years.

#17

Sinte Gleska University

Mission, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
57 Yearly Degrees
$1,500 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 581 students at Sinte Gleska University in total, 258 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Sinte Gleska University is 4.8 years.

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

#18

Sioux Falls Seminary

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
38 Yearly Degrees
$9,550 Yearly Tuition (In-State

#19

Sisseton Wahpeton College

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

The total student population at Sisseton Wahpeton College is 197, of which 149 students are 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.

#20

Institute-Of-Lutheran-Theology

Brookings, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4 Yearly Degrees
$6,840 Yearly Tuition (In-State

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