Average Tuition & Fees $12,549
Average Acceptance Rates 34.46 %
Total Student Population 51,606
Average Graduation Rates 54.76 %
Average Student To Faculty Ratio 12.04 to 1

South Dakota Colleges Distribution

For the academic year 2022-2023, 28 colleges and universities are active in South Dakota - 12 public and 16 private schools. By school level, there are 17 four(4) Years or high, 11 community colleges (2-4 years college), and 0 trade/vocational schools (less than 2-years schools) in South Dakota. The following table shows the number of schools by school type and level in South Dakota.
South Dakota College Distribution by Type and Level
Number of Schools
School Types
Public12 schools
Private (not-for-profit)11 schools
Private (for-profit)5 schools
School Levels
4 Year or High17 schools
2-4 Year11 schools
Less than 2 year0 schools

Average Key Statistics for South Dakota Colleges

The average acceptance rate for South Dakota colleges is 34.46% and the average graduation rate is 54.76% in academic year 2022-2023. Total 51,606 students including in both undergraduate and graduate programs have attended South Dakota colleges and universities and the average students to faculty ratio is 12.04 to 1.
Next charts are illustrating the core statistics for colleges and universities located in South Dakota.
[Chart] South Dakota Colleges Academic Statistics
Average Transfer-out Rate for South Dakota colleges is 15.5 %
Average Retention Rate for South Dakota colleges is 65.695652173913 %

2023 Average Tuition & Fees For South Dakota Colleges

For the academic year 2022-2023, the average undergraduate tuition & fees for South Dakota colleges are $11,620 for South Dakota residents and $12,549 for non-residents. For graduate schools, its average tuition and fees are $10,859 for in-state students and $13,077 for out-of-state students.
South Dakota 2022-2023 Average Tuition & Fees
[Chart] South Dakota State 2022-2023 Average Tuition & Fees

Offered Degree Programs at South Dakota Colleges

South Dakota colleges and universities are offering 1,423 programs through online and on-site education. Next table lists number of programs by offered degree.

Offered Programs at South Dakota State
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online Class
One but less than two years certificate8515
Associate's Degree27954
Two but less than four years certificate124
Bachelor's Degree60267
Post Bachelor's Degree6412
Master's Degree19944
Post Master's Degree121
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship535
Doctor's degree - professional practice152
Doctor's degree - other10

Special Learning Opportunities at South Dakota State

In South Dakota, 2 colleges offer all programs online completely. 22 colleges offer the undergraduate online programs and 16 colleges offer the graduate online programs. 8 colleges have the ROTC programs and 9 colleges offer the study abroad programs. Next table shows the number of South Dakota schools which are offering special learning opportunities by category.

Special Learning Opportunities at South Dakota State
Online Completely2 out of 28 Schools
Undergraduate Online Classes22 out of 28 Schools
Graduate Online Classes16 out of 28 Schools
ROTC8 out of 28 Schools
Weekend/Evening College7 out of 28 Schools
Teacher certificate11 out of 28 Schools
Study Abroad9 out of 28 Schools