Best colleges in South Dakota

New Faces, New Places

Experience college life from a region proud of their American roots

South Dakota is simply overflowing with history. From pioneer museums to Mount Rushmore, there’s definitely plenty to experience. The education system is also top-notch, with 22 college and university options.* Medical school, law school, and a public university that’s been around since 1862 are all options for those seeking out higher education in South Dakota. Graduates often choose to hang onto the picturesque beauty of the region and proceed to careers at places like Rushmore Media Company, Daktronics, or Init Records.* Popular majors include architecture, business administration, and computer engineering. And with the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the country, 3.4%, jobs will be much easier to find here than the other 48 states.

Besides the popular tourist destination of Mount Rushmore, you’ll find yourself looking for more time. Famed author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born and raised in South Dakota, and on the weekends, you can visit the original home and schoolhouse in which she lived. If you’re looking for a silly time, check out the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.* Head outdoors for rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, or jet skiing. And when the sun sets and you’re ready for some nighttime refreshment, pay a visit to Saloon #10 Bar in Deadwood. This old style saloon is actually a museum – with a bar. However you choose to enjoy your college days in South Dakota, you can rest assured a new adventure is waiting just across the prairie.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *Wikipedia, “List of Colleges and Universities in South Dakota”, “Companies based in South Dakota” *www.travelsd.com

Best Four Year Universities in South Dakota

Augustana University
Sioux Falls, SD

Augustana University offers 57 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 492 students graduated with students earning 328 Bachelor's degrees, and 164 Master's degrees.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology offers 55 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 630 students graduated with students earning 460 Bachelor's degrees, 114 Master's degrees, 39 Certificates, 15 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Associate's degrees.

Mount Marty College
Yankton, SD

Mount Marty College offers 58 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 179 students graduated with students earning 100 Bachelor's degrees, 53 Master's degrees, 15 Associate's degrees, 7 Certificates, and 4 Doctoral degrees.

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Dakota Wesleyan University offers 92 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 208 students graduated with students earning 174 Bachelor's degrees, 33 Master's degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

University of South Dakota offers 205 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 2,182 students graduated with students earning 1,244 Bachelor's degrees, 602 Master's degrees, 232 Doctoral degrees, 59 Certificates, and 45 Associate's degrees.

South Dakota State University offers 241 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 2,612 students graduated with students earning 1,916 Bachelor's degrees, 417 Master's degrees, 147 Doctoral degrees, 82 Associate's degrees, and 50 Certificates.

University of Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, SD

University of Sioux Falls offers 77 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 419 students graduated with students earning 302 Bachelor's degrees, 113 Master's degrees, and 4 Associate's degrees.

Northern State University offers 83 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 385 students graduated with students earning 271 Bachelor's degrees, 75 Master's degrees, 24 Associate's degrees, and 15 Certificates.

Dakota State University offers 96 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 455 students graduated with students earning 283 Bachelor's degrees, 79 Master's degrees, 56 Associate's degrees, 26 Certificates, and 11 Doctoral degrees.

Sinte Gleska University offers 89 degree programs. It's a very small, public, four-year university in a remote rural area. In 2019, 72 students graduated with students earning 36 Associate's degrees, 18 Bachelor's degrees, 10 Certificates, and 8 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in South Dakota

Mitchell Technical Institute offers 54 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 470 students graduated with students earning 339 Associate's degrees, and 131 Certificates.

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Lake Area Technical College offers 55 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a remote town. In 2019, 832 students graduated with students earning 577 Associate's degrees, and 255 Certificates.

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Southeast Technical Institute offers 67 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 844 students graduated with students earning 538 Associate's degrees, and 306 Certificates.

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Western Dakota Technical Institute offers 55 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 371 students graduated with students earning 186 Certificates, and 185 Associate's degrees.

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Sisseton Wahpeton College offers 15 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a remote rural area. In 2019, 29 students graduated with students earning 18 Associate's degrees, and 11 Certificates.

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List of all colleges in South Dakota

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Augustana University Logo Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
5/5
14 : 1 2,113
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Logo South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD
3/5
16 : 1 2,525
Mount Marty College Logo Mount Marty College Yankton, SD
5/5
23 : 1 1,049
Mitchell Technical Institute Logo Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD
2/5
17 : 1 1,162
Dakota Wesleyan University Logo Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, SD
5/5
18 : 1 880
University of South Dakota Logo University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
3/5
24 : 1 9,920
Lake Area Technical College Logo Lake Area Technical College Watertown, SD
2/5
21 : 1 2,228
Headlines Academy Inc Logo Headlines Academy Inc Rapid City, SD     80
South Dakota State University Logo South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
3/5
22 : 1 11,512
University of Sioux Falls Logo University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
4/5
29 : 1 1,675
Northern State University Logo Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
3/5
38 : 1 3,427
Dakota State University Logo Dakota State University Madison, SD
3/5
31 : 1 3,268
Sinte Gleska University Logo Sinte Gleska University Mission, SD
2/5
31 : 1 549
Stewart School Logo Stewart School Sioux Falls, SD     117
Black Hills State University Logo Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD
3/5
30 : 1 3,858
Southeast Technical Institute Logo Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
2/5
26 : 1 2,380
Presentation College Logo Presentation College Aberdeen, SD
4/5
17 : 1 584
The Salon Professional Academy Logo The Salon Professional Academy Rapid City, SD     57
Western Dakota Technical Institute Logo Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City, SD
3/5
26 : 1 1,214
Oglala Lakota College Logo Oglala Lakota College Kyle, SD
2/5
22 : 1 1,306

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