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

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota offers 220 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a far away town. In 2015, 2,450 students graduated with students earning 1,397 Bachelor's degrees, 571 Master's degrees, 273 Doctoral degrees, 121 Associate's degrees, and 88 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
2 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD

South Dakota State University offers 208 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a remote town. In 2015, 2,502 students graduated with students earning 1,938 Bachelor's degrees, 286 Master's degrees, 194 Doctoral degrees, 45 Associate's degrees, and 39 Certificates degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
3 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology offers 55 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a small city. In 2015, 442 students graduated with students earning 300 Bachelor's degrees, 101 Master's degrees, 31 Certificates degrees, 9 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

4 Dakota State University Madison, SD

Dakota State University offers 62 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a far away town. In 2015, 452 students graduated with students earning 259 Bachelor's degrees, 91 Master's degrees, 65 Associate's degrees, 32 Certificates degrees, and 5 Doctoral degrees.

5 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD

Augustana University offers 106 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 618 students graduated with students earning 564 Bachelor's degrees, and 54 Master's degrees.

6 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD

Northern State University offers 99 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a remote town. In 2015, 496 students graduated with students earning 323 Bachelor's degrees, 127 Master's degrees, 26 Associate's degrees, and 20 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
7 Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD

Black Hills State University offers 77 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a far away town. In 2015, 661 students graduated with students earning 499 Bachelor's degrees, 86 Master's degrees, 46 Associate's degrees, and 30 Certificates degrees.

8 University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD

University of Sioux Falls offers 99 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 416 students graduated with students earning 277 Bachelor's degrees, 125 Master's degrees, and 14 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
9 Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, SD

Dakota Wesleyan University offers 115 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a remote town. In 2015, 213 students graduated with students earning 147 Bachelor's degrees, 45 Associate's degrees, and 21 Master's degrees.

10 Presentation College Aberdeen, SD

Presentation College offers 35 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a remote town. In 2015, 144 students graduated with students earning 108 Bachelor's degrees, 24 Certificates degrees, and 12 Associate's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in South Dakota

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute offers 66 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,291 students graduated with students earning 770 Associate's degrees, and 521 Certificates degrees.

2 Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown, SD

Lake Area Technical Institute offers 44 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a remote town. In 2015, 889 students graduated with students earning 589 Associate's degrees, and 300 Certificates degrees.

3 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD

Mitchell Technical Institute offers 51 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 552 students graduated with students earning 422 Associate's degrees, and 130 Certificates degrees.

4 Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City, SD

Western Dakota Technical Institute offers 47 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 467 students graduated with students earning 277 Associate's degrees, and 190 Certificates degrees.

5 Kilian Community College Sioux Falls, SD

Kilian Community College offers 29 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 44 students graduated with students earning 44 Associate's degrees.

6 Sisseton Wahpeton College Sisseton, SD

Sisseton Wahpeton College offers 15 Degree programs. It's a very small public college in a remote rural. In 2015, 18 students graduated with students earning 13 Associate's degrees, and 5 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of South Dakota University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
3/5
21 : 1 9,971
South Dakota State University South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
3/5
22 : 1 12,576
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD
3/5
21 : 1 3,230
Dakota State University Dakota State University Madison, SD
2/5
30 : 1 3,145
Augustana University Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
5/5
12 : 1 1,837
Northern State University Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
2/5
32 : 1 3,449
Black Hills State University Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD
3/5
30 : 1 4,395
University of Sioux Falls University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
5/5
16 : 1 1,482
Dakota Wesleyan University Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, SD
5/5
14 : 1 991
Presentation College Presentation College Aberdeen, SD
4/5
14 : 1 769
Mount Marty College Mount Marty College Yankton, SD
5/5
19 : 1 1,190
Southeast Technical Institute Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
2/5
14 : 1 2,047
Lake Area Technical Institute Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown, SD
2/5
17 : 1 1,846
Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD
2/5
16 : 1 1,261
Western Dakota Technical Institute Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City, SD
2/5
17 : 1 836
Stewart School Stewart School Sioux Falls, SD 11 : 1 108
Headlines Academy Inc Headlines Academy Inc Rapid City, SD 14 : 1 92
Oglala Lakota College Oglala Lakota College Kyle, SD
2/5
21 : 1 1,366
Globe University-Sioux Falls Globe University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
3/5
12 : 1 125
University Logo Black Hills Beauty College Rapid City, SD 14 : 1 105
National American University-Rapid City National American University-Rapid City Rapid City, SD
3/5
14 : 1 1,298
Sinte Gleska University Sinte Gleska University Mission, SD
2/5
11 : 1 581
Kilian Community College Kilian Community College Sioux Falls, SD
3/5
15 : 1 170
National American University-Sioux Falls National American University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
3/5
28 : 1 503
University Logo National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD
2/5
79 : 1 235

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