Lake Area Technical Institute Overview
Lake Area Technical Institute is a public institution situated in Watertown, South Dakota. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Watertown draws many to the area.
What Is Lake Area Technical Institute Known For?
- The undergraduate certificate is the highest award offered at LATI.
- In 2017-2018, 70% of the faculty were full-time.
Lake Area Technical Institute Rankings
We have ranked LATI as #206 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. LATI also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in South Dakota ranking.
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
LATI has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
|#33||Best Associate’s Degree Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
|#108||Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
|#500||Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at LATI.
Where Is Lake Area Technical Institute?
Contact details for LATI are given below.
|Address:||1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown, SD 57201-0730|
How Do I Get Into LATI?
You can apply to LATI online at: www.lakeareatech.edu
Can I Afford Lake Area Technical Institute?
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At LATI, approximately 86% of students took out student loans averaging $6,146 a year. That adds up to $24,584 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at LATI is 8.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.
Lake Area Technical Institute Undergraduate Student Diversity
Of the 1,507 full-time undergraduates at LATI, 60% are male and 40% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Lake Area Technical Institute students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||17|
|Hispanic or Latino||23|
Over 6 countries are represented at LATI. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Paraguay, South Korea, and Bangladesh.
Online Learning at Lake Area Technical Institute
The following chart shows how the online learning population at LATI has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 4th most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of LATI
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Lake Area Technical Institute was 5,060.8%. This is the #17 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at LATI regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of LATI majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at LATI ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at LATI.
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Lake Area Technical Institute Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
|Major||Basic Certificate||Associate’s||Undergraduate Certificate||TOTAL|
|Vehicle Maintenance & Repair||0||112||28||140|
|Agricultural Economics & Business||0||117||0||117|
|Precision Metal Working||0||39||43||82|
|Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants||12||0||57||69|
|Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services||0||48||0||48|
|Dental Support Services||0||11||25||36|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technology||0||28||0||28|
|Finance & Financial Management||0||21||0||21|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||0||21||0||21|
|Building Management & Inspection||0||18||0||18|
|Allied Health Professions||7||4||6||17|
|Natural Resources Conservation||0||7||7||14|
|Construction Engineering Technology||0||13||0||13|
|Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science||0||11||0||11|
|Electronics Engineering Technology||0||10||0||10|
|Industrial Production Technology||0||2||0||2|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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