Lake Area Technical Institute

1201 Arrow Avenue
Watertown, SD 57201-0730
Tel: (605)882-5284
  • 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 Institute serves 1,654 students (85% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is same as the state community college average of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 8% of the student body (majority American), which is more than the state average of 16%.
  • Lake Area Technical Institute is the only community colleges within Codington County, SD.
  • The nearest community college is Minnesota West Community and Technical College (75.50 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 111 teachers has declined by 26% over five years.
Lake Area Technical Institute(SD) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty111 staff73 staff
Lake Area Technical Institute Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,654 has grown by 11% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.15 is less than the state average of 0.29. The school's diversity has grown by 155% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,654 students934 students
Lake Area Technical Institute Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio15:115:1
Lake Area Technical Institute Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,400 students680 students
Lake Area Technical Institute Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students254 students254 students
Lake Area Technical Institute Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Lake Area Technical Institute Enrollment Breakdown SD All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
3%
Lake Area Technical Institute American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
-
1%
Lake Area Technical Institute Asian (2009-2010)
% Hispanic
1%
3%
Lake Area Technical Institute Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
-
2%
Lake Area Technical Institute Black (2012-2013)
% White
92%
84%
Lake Area Technical Institute White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
5%
5%
Lake Area Technical Institute Ethnicity Breakdown SD All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.150.29
Lake Area Technical Institute Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
73%
38%
Lake Area Technical Institute Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,600$36,600
Lake Area Technical Institute Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,930 is less than the state average of $5,375. The in-state tuition has declined by 14% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,930 is less than the state average of $5,375. The out-state tuition has declined by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,930$5,375
Lake Area Technical Institute In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$4,930$5,375
Lake Area Technical Institute Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid92%90%
Lake Area Technical Institute % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$12,000
Lake Area Technical Institute Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,917$6,000
Lake Area Technical Institute Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate60%60%
Lake Area Technical Institute Percent Admitted (2007-2013)
Source: 2016 (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.

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Did You Know?
For South Dakota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,375 per year for in-state students and $5,375 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,334 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

South Dakota community colleges have a diversity score of 0.29, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in South Dakota is National American University-Rapid City. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.