• 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%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,228 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,930
  • Out-state tuition: $4,930
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 10%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

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

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 208 teachers has grown by 25% over five years.
Lake Area Technical College
(SD) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
208 staff
208 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 Enrollment
2,228 students
1,566 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,507 students
845 students
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# Part-Time Students
721 students
721 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
204 students
204 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,507 students
1,193 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
14 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
721 students
721 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
94 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
202 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
3%
3%
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
2%
5%
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% Black
1%
7%
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% White
90%
79%
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% Two or more races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
3%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.19
0.37
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
3.95%
2.28%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.14%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,600
$38,900
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,930 is less than the state average of $5,786. 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 $5,786. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,930
$5,786
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,930
$5,786
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
94%
94%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$12,000
$12,000
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Lake Area Technical College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in SD by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
60%
60%
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Lake Area Technical College cost?

Lake Area Technical College's tuition is approximately $4,930 for In-State students and $4,930 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of Lake Area Technical College?

The acceptance rate of Lake Area Technical College is 60%, which is equal to the state average of 60%.

What is Lake Area Technical College's ranking?

Lake Area Technical College ranks among the top 20% of community college in South Dakota for: Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,228 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,930
  • Out-state tuition: $4,930
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 10%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For South Dakota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,786 per year for in-state students and $5,786 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.

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