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Top Colleges in South Dakota for 2017

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges 2017 tool. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 South Dakota State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
28
OVERALL SCORE
95.4
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
2 Lake Area Technical Institute Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
94.8
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 University of South Dakota Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
91.04
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Augustana University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
90.48
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 Northern State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
90.28
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 Mitchell Technical Institute Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
90.08
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 Western Dakota Technical Institute Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
89.24
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 Dakota State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
25
OVERALL SCORE
88.72
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
9 Dakota Wesleyan University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
80.05
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 Presentation College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
73%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
75.25
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 Globe University-Sioux Falls Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
67.62
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 Southeast Technical Institute Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
64.9
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
9%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
61.39
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
14 National American University-Rapid City Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
86%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
35
OVERALL SCORE
48.76
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
15 University of Sioux Falls Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
45.84
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Black Hills State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
43.76
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
17 Mount Marty College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
21.42
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 Oglala Lakota College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
0
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SCHOOL FEATURES

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) — in this case, for the 2015-16 school year — we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either “Four or more years” or “At least 2 but less than 4 years”
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • Data is reported for all 14 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section

We ranked 2,503 colleges on 14 criteria, using the final 2015-16 data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the weights specified:

  • Number of programs offered via distance education
  • Ratio of students participating fully or partially in distance education to total enrollment
  • Average in-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students
  • Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases and media
  • Graduation rate
  • Retention rate
  • The availability of the following tuition plans:
    • Payment plan
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Other alternative tuition plan
  • The availability of academic/ career counseling services
  • The availability of job placement services for graduates
  • The availability of virtual reference services
  • Offers dual credit
  • Offers credit for life experience
  • Offers advanced placement (AP) credit
  • Offers credit for military training

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2015-16 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2017, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,