Lake Area Technical College

  • Lake Area Technical Institute is a public institution of higher education dedicated to excellence in providing individuals with both technical and general education, thereby creating a foundation for career success and instilling a belief in the importance of lifelong learning.

School Highlights

Lake Area Technical College serves 2,228 students (68% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is higher than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 10% of the student body (majority American and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 21%.

Top Rankings

Lake Area Technical College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in South Dakota for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 208 teachers has grown by 25% over five years.
Lake Area Technical College(SD) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty208 staff208 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Lake Area Technical College has grown by 34% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 15:1 over five years.
The Lake Area Technical College diversity score of 0.19 is less than the state average of 0.37. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,228 students1,569 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio11:19:1
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# Full-Time Students1,507 students848 students
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# Part-Time Students721 students721 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
3%
3%
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
2%
4%
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% Black
1%
7%
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% White
90%
79%
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% Unknown races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score0.190.37
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College Completion Rate
71%
45%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,600$38,900
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,930 is less than the state average of $5,744. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,930 is less than the state average of $5,744. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,930$5,744
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Out-State Tuition Fees$4,930$5,744
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid94%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Acceptance Rate60%60%
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Lake Area Technical Institute offers superior, comprehensive technical education,creating a foundation for success in an ever-changing world. The college offers training and education in Agriculture, Business, Health and Trade & Technical. Lake Area Technical Institute offers training for exciting careers in computer Programming, Networking, Cisco/Networking, Graphic and Web Design. All of these programs are 20 months in length. Since the first semester for all options is the same, the decision to specialize can be made later. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Lake Area Technical College is Minnesota West Community and Technical College (75.3 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For South Dakota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,744 per year for in-state students and $5,744 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,287 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

South Dakota community colleges have a diversity score of 0.37, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in South Dakota is National American University-Rapid City. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.