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South Dakota is a largely rural state in the Midwest. It attracts nearly three million visitors every year to its famous presidential sculpture, Mount Rushmore, in Black Hills National Forest, though regularly enjoys a population of just more than 800,000 people, giving it the fifth-lowest population density in the U.S. Six public universities serve the state, the largest of which is South Dakota State University in Brookings. Given its largely rural quality, online colleges in South Dakota offer a convenient option for those seeking higher education in less densely populated areas. Both private and public universities and colleges in South Dakota provide online education options. The South Dakota Board of Regents controls the six public South Dakota universities, and its Electronic University Consortium provides information on distance education, including training for educators and offered programs and financial aid resources. The University of South Dakota, for instance, offers more than 30 programs through three of its state-based locations. South Dakota State University has been offering off-campus education options for more than 80 years, more recently via online programs, of course, in programs at all degree levels. The state also boasts pioneers in online education. National American University has been offering online courses since the beginnings of the World Wide Web in 1996 in several academic and professional-oriented areas.

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Bachelor's

Master's

Doctor's

Augustana College
2001 S Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57197-0001
(605) 274-0770

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Black Hills State University
1200 University St
Spearfish, South Dakota 57799-9500
(605) 642-6011

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Dakota State University
820 N Washington
Madison, South Dakota 57042-1799
(605) 256-5111

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 W University Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301-4398
(605) 995-2600

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Kilian Community College
300 E. 6th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103-7020
(605) 221-3100

Type of School:

2-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Lake Area Technical Institute
230 11th St NE
Watertown, South Dakota 57201-0730
(605) 882-5284

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Mitchell Technical Institute
821 N Capital St
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
(605) 995-3023

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Mount Marty College
1105 W. 8th Street
Yankton, South Dakota 57078-3724
(800) 658-4552

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
National American University
5301 S Hwy 16
Rapid City, South Dakota, 57702
(605) 394-4800

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
National American University-Rapid City
321 Kansas City Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3692
(605) 394-4800

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
National American University-Sioux Falls
Vista Park Office Building Suite 100
2801 South Kiwanis Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105-4293
(605) 336-4600

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Northern State University
1200 S Jay St
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-7198
(605) 626-3011

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Presentation College
1500 N Main
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-1280
(605) 225-1634

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sioux Falls Seminary
1525 S Grange Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105-1526
(605) 336-6588

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 E Saint Joseph St
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3995
(605) 394-2511

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
South Dakota State University
Administration Lane
Brookings, South Dakota 57007-1898
(605) 688-4151

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Southeast Technical Institute
2320 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301
(605) 367-7624

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
University of Sioux Falls
1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105-1699
(605) 331-5000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
University of South Dakota
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069-2390
(605) 677-5301

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-masteAugustana College r's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Western Dakota Technical Institute
800 Mickelson Dr
Rapid City, South Dakota 57703-4018
(605) 394-4034

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission