South Dakota Colleges and Universities

 

Colleges and Universities in South Dakota

South Dakota can be a fun place to live and study. Residents know it has more shoreline than Florida--partially due to the Missouri River flowing through the state and the lakes formed by retreating glaciers in the northeast--and that it has seven National Park Service sites. There's Mount Rushmore, of course, but also the lesser-known Badlands and Wind Cave. In this wide-open state, you'll still be able to find an urban vibe in places like Sioux Falls and Rapid City, and discovery history in the capital, Pierre. You can even go on hikes on La Framboise Island in the Missouri River near Pierre.

As for education, your options are as vast as the state. You can study health training, law, medicine and more at the University of South Dakota, located in Vermillion, or seek out schooling through universities, colleges, technical institutes or career-training centers. In less densely populated areas, online schools might be a convenient option, offering flexible scheduling and accessibility.

Since tourism is the second largest industry in the state, a degree program in marketing or hospitality management could give you a leg up in those fields. Or you might want to try to preserve the state's fresh air and natural setting through training in environmental sustainability, natural resources, or alternative energy resources.

Work and play: Finding a career in South Dakota

What fields can you enter to make a job for yourself in the state? Biotechnology is a growing sector with a cluster of businesses located in the southeast portion of the state. Tourism remains strong--South Dakota has continuously outpaced other areas in terms of tourist visits. Key industries in South Dakota, according to the Governor's Office of Economic Development, include bioscience, information technology and renewable energy.

Sample jobs and related mean annual wages in South Dakota, according to 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, include:

  1. Computer and information scientists managers: $102,330
  2. Conservation scientists: $57,300
  3. Environmental engineers: $68,150
  4. Geoscientists, $54,040
  5. Lodging managers: $47,030
  6. Marketing managers: $102,580
  7. Public relations and fundraising managers: $77,800

If Lewis and Clark could find adventure in the state when they traveled through in August, September and October 1804, imagine the adventures and opportunities that could be available to you!

See also: South Dakota Vocational Schools and Career Training

Directory of South Dakota Colleges & Universities

Campus & Online Schools Accepting Students from South Dakota

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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Phoenix Career Services™ help students find careers that match their interests & map out a personalized career plan.
  • Mentorships & networking opportunities available through Alumni Association of 800,000+ graduates.
  • Flexible start date and class schedules.
  • 100+ locations and online options.
  • Offers special military rates and special advisors who have a military background.
  • Students can earn credits for applicable military training and education.
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  • Phoenix Career Services™ help students find careers that match their interests & map out a personalized career plan.
  • Mentorships & networking opportunities available through Alumni Association of 800,000+ graduates.
  • Flexible start date and class schedules.
  • 100+ locations and online options.
  • Offers special military rates and special advisors who have a military background.
  • Students can earn credits for applicable military training and education.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • An independent educational services company that enables colleges and universities to reach students around the world via distance-based education solutions.
  • Offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as professional certificates
  • Comprehensive Learning Module™ program helps students earn college credit by passing equivalency exams.
  • Partner schools include ndiana State University, Lake Superior State University, Purdue University, Regis University, and SUNY Empire State College.
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  • An independent educational services company that enables colleges and universities to reach students around the world via distance-based education solutions.
  • Offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as professional certificates
  • Comprehensive Learning Module™ program helps students earn college credit by passing equivalency exams.
  • Partner schools include ndiana State University, Lake Superior State University, Purdue University, Regis University, and SUNY Empire State College.
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • Offers a 10% scholarship to eligible active duty, active and drilling members of the Reserve and National Guard.
  • Its accelerated online courses allow students to learn new course material every 5 ½ weeks.
  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
  • Has been training students for creative careers since 1921. 
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  • Offers a 10% scholarship to eligible active duty, active and drilling members of the Reserve and National Guard.
  • Its accelerated online courses allow students to learn new course material every 5 ½ weeks.
  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
  • Has been training students for creative careers since 1921. 
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  • Good for Working Adults
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  • Recognized in the first Best for Vets: Business Schools list in Military Times Edge magazine’s 2013 “Best for Vets” edition.
  • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
  • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
  • A DANTES-affiliated university and member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.
  • Offers IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
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  • Recognized in the first Best for Vets: Business Schools list in Military Times Edge magazine’s 2013 “Best for Vets” edition.
  • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
  • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
  • A DANTES-affiliated university and member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.
  • Offers IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

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Other Colleges & Universities in South Dakota

Augustana College
Sioux Falls, South Dakota www.augie.edu
Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology
Sioux Falls, South Dakota www.mckennan.org
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, South Dakota www.bhsu.edu
Dakota State University
Madison, South Dakota www.dsu.edu
Dakota Wesleyan University
MItchell, South Dakota www.dwu.edu
Kilian Community College
Sioux Falls, South Dakota www.kilian.edu
Lake Area Technical Institute
Watertown, South Dakota www.lakeareatech.edu
Mitchell Technical Institute
Mitchell, South Dakota www.mitchelltech.com
Mount Marty College
Yankton, South Dakota www.mtmc.edu
National American University - Rapid City
Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Ellsworth AFB, also campuses in other states. Information technology, business administration, applied management, accounting, general education www.national.edu
Northern State University
Aberdeen, South Dakota www.northern.edu
Oglala Lakota College
Kyle, Allen, Batesland, Manderson. Martin, Oglala, Pine Ridge, Porcupine, Rapid City, Wanblee, South Dakota www.olc.edu
Presentation College
Aberdeen, South Dakota www.presentation.edu
Sinte Gleska University
Mission, South Dakota www.sintegleska.edu
Sisseton Wahpeton College
Sisseton, South Dakota www.swc.tc
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Rapid City, South Dakota www.sdsmt.edu
South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota www.sdstate.edu
Southeast Technical Institute
Sioux Falls, South Dakota www.southeasttech.edu
University of Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, South Dakota www.usiouxfalls.edu
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, South Dakota www.usd.edu
Western Dakota Technical Institute
Rapid City, South Dakota www.wdt.edu