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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?

842 Undergraduate Awards
  • The undergraduate certificate is the highest award offered at LATI.
  • In 2017-2018, 70% of the faculty were full-time.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Dental Support Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Precision Production Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Health Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Lake Area Technical Institute?

Location of Lake Area Technical Institute

Contact details for LATI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown, SD 57201-0730
Phone: 605-882-5284

How Do I Get Into LATI?

You can apply to LATI online at:

Lake Area Technical Institute has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Lake Area Technical Institute?

86% Take Out Loans
8.4% Loan Default Rate

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

1,507 Full-Time Undergraduates
40% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,228 undergraduate students at LATI, with 1,507 being full-time and 721 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  LATI

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,507 full-time undergraduates at LATI, 60% are male and 40% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  LATI

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Lake Area Technical Institute students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of LATI Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 17
Hispanic or Latino 23
White 1,356
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 94

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

291 Took All Classes Online
718 Took At Least One Class Online
5,060.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 718 students took at least one online class at the school.

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.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Allied Health Professions 59%
Computer & Information Sciences 35%
Computer Science 35%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 38%
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 46%
Electronics Engineering Technology 30%
Engineering Technologies 21%
Health Professions 15%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 38%
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 7%

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.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Electromechanical Engineering Technology #1
Agricultural Economics & Business #1
Precision Production #1
Finance & Financial Management #1
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants #1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #1
Electronics Engineering Technology #1
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #1
Precision Metal Working #1
Marketing #2
Computer Science #2
Allied Health Professions #2
Dental Support Services #2
Engineering Technologies #3
Computer & Information Sciences #6
Health Professions #8
Business, Management & Marketing #10

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
Human Services 0 28 36 64
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 48 0 48
Marketing 0 41 0 41
Dental Support Services 0 11 25 36
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 28 0 28
Ground Transportation 0 10 18 28
Computer Science 0 23 0 23
Nursing 0 23 0 23
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
Cosmetology 0 0 16 16
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
TOTAL 19 587 236 842


*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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