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2021 Best Schools in South Dakota

11 Schools Ranked
$39,384 Average Earnings
$24,979 Avg Student Debt

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Also, there are a number of trade schools and bootcamp with offerings that you might find attractive.

The Best Schools in South Dakota ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 11 schools in South Dakota to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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Top Schools in South Dakota

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#1

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
$31,975 Average Earnings
$14,250 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found Southeast Technical Institute to be the best school for students in South Dakota.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $14,250 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $132, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Southeast Technical Institute, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $31,975 during the early years of their career.

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#2

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota
$31,144 Average Earnings
$13,150 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Lake Area Technical Institute. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Schools in South Dakota list.

On average, students take out $13,150 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $119, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, LATI graduates make an average of $31,144 annually.

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#3

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota
$42,425 Average Earnings
$25,631 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 11 schools in South Dakota that were part of this year’s ranking, South Dakota State University landed the # 3 spot on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $25,631 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $271, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from South Dakota State, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $42,425 during the early years of their career.

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$62,300 Average Earnings
$27,598 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a great place for students.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $27,598 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $293, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, SD Mines graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $62,300 during the early year of their career.

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#5

Mitchell Technical Institute

Mitchell, South Dakota
$36,836 Average Earnings
$13,149 Avg Student Debt

The excellent programs at Mitchell Technical Institute helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in South Dakota.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $13,149 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $125.After graduating from Mitchell Technical Institute, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $36,836 during the early years of their career.

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#6

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota
$40,167 Average Earnings
$23,764 Avg Student Debt

Dakota State University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in South Dakota ranking.

Degree recipients from Dakota State accumulate an average of $23,764 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $246 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Dakota State graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $40,167 during the early year of their career.

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#7

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota
$39,600 Average Earnings
$23,990 Avg Student Debt

Northern State University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $23,990 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $257 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from NSU, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $39,600 during the early years of their career.

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#8

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
$45,076 Average Earnings
$34,572 Avg Student Debt

University of South Dakota landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $34,572 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $408, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, U of South Dakota graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $45,076 during the early year of their career.

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#9

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
$45,267 Average Earnings
$21,899 Avg Student Debt

University of Sioux Falls came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in South Dakota ranking.

Degree recipients from University of Sioux Falls accumulate an average of $21,899 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $247. During the early years of their career, University of Sioux Falls graduates make an average of $45,267 annually.

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#10

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota
$33,229 Average Earnings
$25,649 Avg Student Debt

Black Hills State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Schools in South Dakota list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $25,649 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $264 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, BHSU graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $33,229 during the early year of their career.

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#11

National American University - Rapid City

Rapid City, South Dakota
$37,412 Average Earnings
$29,589 Avg Student Debt

National American University - Rapid City ranked #11 on this year’s Best Schools in South Dakota list.

Degree recipients from National American University - Rapid City accumulate an average of $29,589 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $354, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, National American University - Rapid City graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $37,412 during the early year of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 11 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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