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.