Government Accredited Online Colleges in South Dakota

By area, South Dakota is one of the biggest states in the nation, though it is among the least dense in terms of its population. In 2013, there were only 31 post secondary schools in the state, and there were an estimated 75,000 enrolled in programs for seeking a degree. Today, nine of the four year universities in the state offered degree programs online, including South Dakota State University, which gives several bachelor's and master's degrees for those in remote locations.

South Dakota public schools saw an increase in the cost of tuition between the years of 2004 and 2014, increasing by 49 percent for public two years schools and 40 percent for public four year schools. Looking closer at trends show that tuition rose for four year schools between 2008 and 2013 by 20.5 percent while the biggest increase in other states at the same time was increased by about 80 percent.

The inflation is partially due to the 18.4 percent decrease in higher education state funding between the years 2008 and 2014. Although the cost of tuition has been on the rise, so has enrollment in public colleges in South Dakota. Between 2002 and 2012, there was a 14 percent increase in enrollment, which is a little bit below the national average, which was about 19 percent for the same time period.

In South Dakota, colleges have a 71.7 percent retention rate for first year students and a 48.4 percent graduation rate. Compared to the rest of the country, these numbers are average.

College Name City Enrollment (est.) Net Cost Degree Programs School Type Website
Augustana College Sioux Falls 1,886 $27,780 Bachelors,Masters Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above Visit
Black Hills State University Spearfish 6,418 $7,320 Certificate (Post-Bachelors),Associates,Bachelors,Masters Public, 4-year or above Visit
Colorado Technical University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls 1,300 $10,655 Associates,Bachelors,Doctoral,Masters Private for-profit, 4-year or above Visit
Dakota State University Madison 4,996 $7,212 Certificate,Certificate (Post-Bachelors),Associates,Bachelors,Doctoral,Masters Public, 4-year or above Visit
Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell 817 $21,750 Associates,Bachelors,Masters Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above Visit
Globe University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls 366 $15,300 Certificate,Associates,Bachelors,Masters Private for-profit, 4-year or above Visit
Kilian Community College Sioux Falls 499 $10,260 Certificate,Associates Private not-for-profit, 2-year Visit
Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown 1,793 $6,155 Certificate,Associates Public, 2-year Visit
Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell 1,168 $5,160 Certificate,Associates Public, 2-year Visit
Mount Marty College Yankton 1,605 $22,130 Certificate,Associates,Bachelors,Masters Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above Visit
National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth AFB 704 $6,087 Associates,Bachelors Private for-profit, 4-year or above Visit
National American University-Rapid City Rapid City 4,263 $11,811 Certificate,Associates,Bachelors,Masters Private for-profit, 4-year or above Visit
National American University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls 1,285 $11,379 Certificate,Associates,Bachelors Private for-profit, 4-year or above Visit
Northern State University Aberdeen 3,973 $7,269 Certificate,Certificate (Post-Bachelors),Associates,Bachelors,Masters Public, 4-year or above Visit
Oglala Lakota College Kyle 2,730 $2,396 Certificate,Associates,Bachelors,Masters Public, 4-year or above Visit
Presentation College Aberdeen 844 $16,205 Certificate,Associates,Bachelors Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above Visit
Sioux Falls Seminary Sioux Falls 183 Unknown Certificate (Post-Bachelors),Masters Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above Visit
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City 2,627 $9,370 Certificate,Certificate (Post-Bachelors),Associates,Bachelors,Doctoral,Masters Public, 4-year or above Visit
South Dakota State University Brookings 15,036 $7,404 Certificate,Certificate (Post-Bachelors),Certificate (Post-Masters),Associates,Bachelors,Doctoral,Masters Public, 4-year or above Visit
Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls 3,254 $4,176 Certificate,Associates Public, 2-year Visit
University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls 1,866 $23,740 Associates,Bachelors,Masters Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above Visit
University of South Dakota Vermillion 13,185 $7,704 Certificate,Certificate (Post-Bachelors),Certificate (Post-Masters),Associates,Bachelors,Doctoral,Masters Public, 4-year or above Visit
Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City 1,338 $5,630 Certificate,Associates Public, 2-year Visit

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