Western Dakota Technical Institute
Rapid City, SD 57703-4018


Type 2 year
Control Public
Campus size Small
Campus locale Rural
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 1,006
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Students with disability 7%
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Campus housing No
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Western Dakota Technical Institute has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Western Dakota Technical Institute's tuition was $3,488 for all students regardless of residency (13.6% cheaper than the national average tuition of a typical 2-year public institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $7,496
In State Tuition
National Average = $4,038
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $4,038
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 82% of Western Dakota Technical Institute's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 55% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,382 (which is 0.3% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Western Dakota Technical Institute in 2016-2017, was 120, which is 57% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,867 (which is 28.7% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,368
Federal Loan
National Average = $4,557
Financial aid
National Average = 79%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Western Dakota Technical Institute has enrolled a total of 1,006 students (653 students full-time and 353 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,006 students, 4 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 47% men and 53% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

The institution also enrolled 144 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 76%

Hispanic: 5%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Two or more races: 2%

Black/African American: 1%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1%

Non-resident alien: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Western Dakota Technical Institute.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 30% 271
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 14% 121 31
Precision Production 11% 99
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 6% 52
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 6% 51
Mechanic And Repair Technologies/technicians 6% 51
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 5% 43
Construction Trades 3% 26
Library Science 2% 20 4
Legal Professions And Studies 0% 2

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 30%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Western Dakota Technical Institute full-time students who started class in 2013 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $25,082

The typical median income of Western Dakota Technical Institute graduates 6 years after enrollment is $27,100. Last year, out of the total 766 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 689 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 779 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 686 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $27,100 $32,400
Employment Rate 90% 88%
Total Graduates 766 779