• Western Dakota Technical Institute is a public institution of higher learning where students acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary for successful employment.

School Highlights

Western Dakota Technical Institute serves 1,214 students (50% 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 22% of the student body (majority American), which is more than the state average of 21%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,214 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,960
  • Out-state tuition: $5,960
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 22%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Western Dakota Technical Institute ranks among the top 20% of public schools in South Dakota for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 109 teachers has grown by 21% over five years.
Western Dakota Technical Institute
(SD) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
109 staff
208 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Western Dakota Technical Institute has grown by 44% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 13:1 over five years.
The Western Dakota Technical Institute diversity score of 0.38 is more than the state average of 0.37. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,214 students
1,569 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
603 students
848 students
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# Part-Time Students
611 students
721 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Western Dakota Technical Institute.
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
202 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
9%
3%
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
5%
4%
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% Black
2%
7%
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% White
78%
79%
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% Two or more races
3%
1%
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% Unknown races
2%
4%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in SD.
Diversity Score
0.38
0.37
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College Completion Rate
43%
45%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of Western Dakota Technical Institute and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of SD by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$35,600
$38,900
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Western Dakota Technical Institute and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of SD by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,960 is more than the state average of $5,744. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,960 is more than the state average of $5,744. The out-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,960
$5,744
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,960
$5,744
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Western Dakota Technical Institute and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of SD by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
100%
94%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Western Dakota Technical Institute and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in SD by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$13,438
$12,000
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Western Dakota Technical Institute 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
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Western Dakota Technical Institute and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in SD by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
97%
56%
This chart display the percent admitted of Western Dakota Technical Institute and the community college average percent admitted of SD by year, with the latest 2009-10 school year data.
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Western Dakota Tech is located in Rapid City in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Western Dakota Technical Institute provides quality technical educational opportunities to residents of South Dakota and across the country. Western Dakota Tech is one of four State-supported postsecondary technical institutes in South Dakota. The college offer 25 different career programs ranging in length from 9 to 18 months. Western Dakota Tech grants Associate of Applied Science degrees and diplomas upon successful completion of individual program requirements. Through the Business and Industry Training Center a wide variety of non-credit classes, workshops, teleconferences and seminars are available to assist residents in enhancing one's personal or professional skills. The college offers programs in Accounting, Ag-Resources Tech Ag-Business, Ag-Resources Tech Equine Management, Ag-Resources Tech Natural Resources, Ag-Resources Tech Ranch Management, Automotive Technician, Business Management & Marketing, Cabinetry/Fine Woodworking, Carpentry, Collision Repair, Computer Aided Drafting, Computer Networking Specialist-Net Admin Computer Networking Specialist-Prog, Disability/Human Services Technician, Electronics & Computer Technician, Fire Science, Health Unit Coordinator, Industrial Electronics, Law Enforcement Technology, Medical Administrative Services, Medical Transcriptionist, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant, Practical Nursing, Public Safety Telecom Operator, Surgical Technology and Welding/Manufacturing. Our small class sizes combined with extensive hands-on experience create a personalized education that assures our graduates are well prepared for success in today's job market.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,214 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,960
  • Out-state tuition: $5,960
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 22%
  • Source: Verified school update

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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.

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