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List of colleges and universities in South Dakota

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A photograph of the front of a building with a clock tower, surrounded by trees
Wenona Hall at South Dakota State University (left) and Old Main at the University of South Dakota (right)

There are twenty-two colleges and universities in the U.S. state of South Dakota that are listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Brookings-based South Dakota State University (SDSU) is the state's largest public university, with a spring 2012 enrollment of 12,725 students. SDSU is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, a governing board that also controls the University of South Dakota (USD), which has the second largest enrollment. In addition, the Board controls four other public universities in the state.[note 1][1]

USD is the oldest public university in South Dakota, as it has a founding date of 1862. not-for-profit private university with a spring 2012 enrollment of 1,871 students in attendance. Sioux Falls Seminary, a Baptist seminary located in the city of the same name, is the state's smallest post-secondary institution, as it had a spring 2012 enrollment of 141 students. Globe University–Sioux Falls, a for-profit private university, consists of 262 students and is the state's second smallest institution.

The state's only multiple agencies, such as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the National League for Nursing (NLNAC).


Active institutions
School Location(s)[note 2] Control[note 3] Type[note 4] Enrollment[6]
(spring 2012)
Founded Accreditation[6]
Augustana College Sioux Falls Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,871 1860[7] NCA, CCNE, NASM, NCATE
Black Hills State University Spearfish Public Master's university 4,416 1883[8] NCA, NASM, NCATE
Colorado Technical University Sioux Falls Private for-profit Master's university 899 1965[9] NCA
Dakota State University Madison Public Master's university 3,075 1881[10] NCA, NCATE
Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 776 1885[11] NCA, NLNAC
Globe University–Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Private for-profit Associate's college 262 1885[12] ACICS, ABHES
Kilian Community College Sioux Falls Private not-for-profit Associate's college 336 1977[13] NCA
Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown Public Associate's college 1,471 1965[14] NCA, ADA, AOTA, APTA, NLNAC
Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell Public Associate's college 1,055 1968[15] NCA, JRCERT
Mount Marty College Yankton Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,242 1936[16] NCA, CCNE, AANA, NLNAC
National American University–Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth Air Force Base Private for-profit Special-focus institution 308 1941[17] NCA
National American University–Rapid City Rapid City Private for-profit Master's university 2,384 1941[17] NCA, CCNE
National American University–Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Private for-profit Baccalaureate/associate's college 910 1941[17] NCA
Northern State University Aberdeen Public Baccalaureate college 3,205 1901[18] NCA, NASM, NCATE
Oglala Lakota College Kyle Public Tribal college 1,685 1971[19] NCA
Presentation College Aberdeen Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 718 1922[20] NCA, JRCERT, NLNAC
Sinte Gleska University Mission Private not-for-profit Tribal college 835 1970[21] NCA
Sioux Falls Seminary Sioux Falls Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 141 1858[22] NCA, ATSCA
Sisseton Wahpeton College Agency Village Public Tribal college 264 1979[23] NCA
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City Public Special-focus institution 2,311 1885[24] NCA
South Dakota State University Brookings Public Research university 12,725 1881[25] NCA, ACPE, AND, CCNE, NASM, NCATE
Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls Public Associate's college 2,507 1968[26] NCA
University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,488 1883[27] NCA, CCNE, NCATE
University of South Dakota Vermillion Public Research university 9,970 1862[28] NCA, ABA, ADA, AOTA, APTA, APA, ASHA, LCME, NASAD, NASM, NAST, NCATE, NLNAC
Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City Public Associate's college 1,045 1968 NCA
Abbreviation Accrediting agency
AANA American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
ABA American Bar Association
ACICS Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ACPE Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
ADA American Dental Association
AND Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
AOTA American Occupational Therapy Association
APA American Psychological Association
APTA American Physical Therapy Association
ASHA American Speech–Language–Hearing Association
CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
JRCERT Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Radiologic Technology
LCME Liaison Committee on Medical Education
NASAD National Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASM National Association of Schools of Music
NAST National Association of Schools of Theatre
NCA North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
NCATE National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
NLNAC National League for Nursing

Defunct institutions

Defunct institutions
School Location Control Founded Closed Ref(s)
Columbus College Chamberlain
Sioux Falls
Private 1909 1929 [29][30]
Freeman Junior College Freeman Private 1903 1986 [31]
Huron University Huron Private 1897 2001 [31]
Redfield College Redfield Private 1885 1932[note 5] [32]
University of South Dakota – Springfield Springfield Public 1881 1984 [31]
Wessington Springs College Wessington Springs Private 1887 1964 [31]
Yankton College Yankton Private 1871 1984 [31]

See also



  1. ^ "Board of Regents". South Dakota Public Universities and Research Center. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year".  
  3. ^ "Law School alum to deliver 2012 Charles H. Dillon Lecture at USD" (Press release).  
  4. ^ "USD Med School honors students, faculty with awards" (Press release).  
  5. ^ "The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association".  
  6. ^ a b "College Navigator".  
  7. ^ "The History of Augustana College".  
  8. ^ "Short History of Black Hills State University".  
  9. ^ "Colorado Technical University Graduates More Than 800 Online Students" (Press release).  
  10. ^ "DSU History".  
  11. ^ "About".  
  12. ^ "History of Glove University/Minnesota School of Business".  
  13. ^ "Your Community. Your College.". Kilian Community College. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ "About".  
  15. ^ "About Us Home". Mitchell Technical Institute. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  16. ^ "About".  
  17. ^ a b c "History of NAU".  
  18. ^ "The NSU Campus".  
  19. ^ "College History". Oglala Lakota College. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Presentation College History".  
  21. ^ "President Message" (PDF).  
  22. ^ "A Baptist Seminary Serving the Region".  
  23. ^ "Sisseton Wahpeton College History".  
  24. ^ "President".  
  25. ^ "Mission, Vision, and History".  
  26. ^ "Living Blue". Southeast Technical Institute. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  27. ^ "History of USF".  
  28. ^ "About USD".  
  29. ^ Robinson, Doane (1912). "South Dakota". The Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Columbus College/Royal C. Johnson's Veterans Administration". Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  31. ^ a b c d e "South Dakota Colleges that have Closed, Merged, Changed Names".  
  32. ^ "Area Historical Sites". Retrieved June 9, 2012. 

External links

  • Department of Education listing of accredited institutions in South Dakota
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