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