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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 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.

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

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.

#2

University of South Dakota

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

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.

#3

Southeast Technical College

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

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.

#4

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
842 Yearly Degrees
$5,514 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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.

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

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.

#6

Augustana University

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

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.

#7

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
603 Yearly Degrees
$9,009 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,684 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.

#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 3,268, 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.

#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 1,675 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.

#10

Mitchell Technical College

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

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.

#11

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
421 Yearly Degrees
$8,750 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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.

#12

Western Dakota Technical Institute

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

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.

#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 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.

#14

Mount Marty University

Yankton, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
198 Yearly Degrees
$28,126 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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.

#15

Presentation College

Aberdeen, South Dakota
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
182 Yearly Degrees
$21,375 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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.

#16

Oglala Lakota College

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

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.

#17

Stewart School

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

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.

#18

Sinte Gleska University

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

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.

#19

Headlines Academy Inc

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

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.

#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 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.

#22

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton, South Dakota
Public Public vs. Private
29 Yearly Degrees
$4,510 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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.

#23

Sanford Medical Center

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

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%!

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
10 Yearly Degrees
$2,550 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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.

#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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