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23 Schools in South Dakota Match Your Criteria

  1. School Name Tuition & Fees Years Accredited Student Population School Type Degree Levels
  2. School Name

    Augustana College

    Sioux Falls, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $27,780
    Years Accredited
    83 (1931)
    Student Population
    1,962
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  3. School Name

    Black Hills State University

    Spearfish, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,320
    Years Accredited
    64 (1950)
    Student Population
    6,396
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  4. School Name

    Colorado Technical University-Sioux Falls

    Sioux Falls, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $10,655
    Years Accredited
    44 (1970)
    Student Population
    1,245
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  5. School Name

    Dakota State University

    Madison, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,212
    Years Accredited
    53 (1961)
    Student Population
    5,022
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  6. School Name

    Dakota Wesleyan University

    Mitchell, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $21,750
    Years Accredited
    98 (1916)
    Student Population
    819
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  7. School Name

    Globe University-Sioux Falls

    Sioux Falls, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $15,300
    Years Accredited
    5 (2008)
    Student Population
    374
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  8. School Name

    Kilian Community College

    Sioux Falls, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $10,260
    Years Accredited
    28 (1986)
    Student Population
    496
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  9. School Name

    Lake Area Technical Institute

    Watertown, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,155
    Years Accredited
    34 (1980)
    Student Population
    1,703
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  10. School Name

    Mitchell Technical Institute

    Mitchell, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,160
    Years Accredited
    34 (1980)
    Student Population
    1,234
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  11. School Name

    Mount Marty College

    Yankton, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $22,130
    Years Accredited
    53 (1961)
    Student Population
    1,578
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  12. School Name

    National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension

    Ellsworth AFB, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,087
    Years Accredited
    44 (1970)
    Student Population
    622
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  13. School Name

    National American University-Rapid City

    Rapid City, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $11,811
    Years Accredited
    40 (1974)
    Student Population
    4,277
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  14. School Name

    National American University-Sioux Falls

    Sioux Falls, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $11,379
    Years Accredited
    40 (1974)
    Student Population
    1,358
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  15. School Name

    Northern State University

    Aberdeen, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,269
    Years Accredited
    74 (1940)
    Student Population
    4,070
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  16. School Name

    Oglala Lakota College

    Kyle, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $2,396
    Years Accredited
    43 (1971)
    Student Population
    2,694
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  17. School Name

    Presentation College

    Aberdeen, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $16,205
    Years Accredited
    43 (1971)
    Student Population
    881
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  18. School Name

    Sioux Falls Seminary

    Sioux Falls, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    46 (1968)
    Student Population
    192
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Masters
    School Website
  19. School Name

    South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

    Rapid City, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $9,370
    Years Accredited
    89 (1925)
    Student Population
    2,704
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  20. School Name

    South Dakota State University

    Brookings, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,404
    Years Accredited
    94 (1920)
    Student Population
    14,966
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  21. School Name

    Southeast Technical Institute

    Sioux Falls, SD
    Tuition & Fees
    $4,176
    Years Accredited
    33 (1981)
    Student Population
    3,175
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
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College Costs

Since 2006, tuition increases at South Dakota public and private institutions have been relatively close to their respective national averages. The state is in the middle of the pack with regards to average tuition changes between 2008 and 2013, with 4-year public schools increasing their costs by 20.5%. States at the high end increased costs by almost 80% over the same period. Just this year, however, students received especially good news: the South Dakota legislature voted to freeze tuition and fees at public universities, so tuition for the 2014-2015 school year will be the same as it was for 2013-2014.

College Enrollment

Enrollment in South Dakota's public 2- and 4-year universities increased more quickly than in the rest of the nation between 2005 and 2010. While the former type of school saw a 17.4% increase in that time period, compared to a national increase of 16.7%, the latter increased its numbers by 18.9%, compared to 15.9% nationally. Recent years have seen those percentages skew toward 2-year colleges, as many people went back to school in the face of a tough recession. However, the public university system anticipates a dearth of high school graduates in the next decade, driving enrollment numbers down.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • College Access 529: South Dakota offers Direct Sold or Advisor Sold 529 plans, allowing students and families to choose whether they want to work with a financial firm or independently arrange a savings plan. As with other 529 plans, South Dakota's framework allows for multiple investment options, including age-based choices. Students can also choose a national 529 plan because the state doesn't provide income tax breaks (since residents don't pay personal income tax).
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • South Dakota Education Access Foundation: This nonprofit is committed to helping young people learn about and attend institutions of higher education in the state. They work specifically to support disadvantaged and low income students by providing funds for colleges and universities to create scholarships aimed at those students.
    • Tiospaye Program: This student organization is affiliated with the University of South Dakota and works to bring Native American students to college and to help Native students who are already on campus. The organization acts as a touchpoint for Native American students at USD, and members often visit high schools to work with students who may need help with the transition to higher education.
  4. Higher Education News

    • South Dakota Board of Regents Press Room: The state agency in charge of higher education maintains a section of their site devoted to college and university news and trends.
    • Aberdeen News: Higher Education: This section of the American News site focuses specifically on colleges and universities in South Dakota; while many are in the Aberdeen area, news reaches across the state.
    • Education Week South Dakota: This national publication includes the option of narrowing news by state, meaning readers can focus on education trends specific to South Dakota.

Higher Education in South Dakota

South Dakota Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 49% South Dakota
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.8 ACT South Dakota
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in South Dakota

  • SD US
    Public 2-Year
  • SD US
    Public 4-Year
  • SD US
    Private 4-year

South Dakota Institutions

  • SD US
    Degree-Granting Institutions
  • SD US
    Public
    Institutions
  • SD US
    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
  • SD US
    Private For-Profit Institutions

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