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About Western Dakota Technical Institute

Western Dakota Technical Institute (WDT) is a 2-year institution that offers associate's degree and certificate programs. The school is located in Rapid City, South Dakota, a major tourist destination in the Black Hills. The campus is in a convenient location for students who enjoy activities such as fishing, hiking, biking and kayaking. The campus also neighbors 2 ski resorts within an hour drive and is close to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the Crazy Horse Memorial monument.

In 2010-2011, WDT reported a 96% overall placement rate for student employment after graduation. Recent graduates have been employed by a variety of companies and organizations, including Cabelas, the city of Rapid City, Caterpillar, Lab Corp, Skyline Engineering and the state highway patrol.


Western Dakota Technical Institute offers more than 20 degree and certificate programs that prepare students for careers in business, construction, health and human services, manufacturing and mechanical trades. In addition, the school's Corporate Education Center provides a wide variety of non-credit courses, workshops and short-term training programs, such as truck driver instruction, computer-related courses and emergency medical technician training. WDT students can also earn associate's degrees in accounting, business management/marketing and library technology online.

Academic and peer tutoring is available to WDT students through the Academic Services Center. The campus library, located in the Mickelson Building, provides a medical professional resource collection as well as fiction and nonfiction audio books and other research media.


WDT has an open admissions policy. Interested students can contact an admissions specialist for a campus visit. Individuals interested in enrolling must submit an online application, which requires a fee of $20. In addition, applicants must register for and take a placement exam for a $15 testing fee. Placement testing is waived for students with an ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of at least 440 in the verbal and math components.

The majority of WDT students (82%) attended classes full-time in Fall 2011. South Dakota residents made up 88% of the student body, and about half of all WDT students were age 24 and under.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of 2012-2013, WDT students paid a per-credit tuition rate of $99. This does not include facility, institutional, technical and other mandatory fees; after including such costs, students ended up paying $176 per credit hour. In total, students can expect to pay between $7,811 for a 2-semester phlebotomy program and $19,711 for a 4-semester online associate's degree in business.

Students can offset the cost of tuition by pursing a variety of scholarships; scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in electrical, law enforcement, accounting and other areas of study. Students can also apply for state and federal grants, scholarships and loans, as well as work-study, by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. In 2010-2011, 85% of full-time, beginning students received some form of financial aid.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 1,045 undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing None*
Programs More than 20 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less-than-1-year certificate: Clinical/medical laboratory science (17)
1-2-year certificate: Licensed practical vocational nursing (40)
Associate's: Electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair (35)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students starting in Fall 2007: 37% within normal program time
39% within 150% of normal program time
40% within twice the normal program time*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 298 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 62% for full-time students, 59% for part-time students (2010-2011)*
Tuition (2012-2013) $176 per credit hour (includes student fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (68%), federal student loans (69%)*
Percent of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 85% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Western Dakota Technical Institute, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Western Dakota Technical Institute, 800 Mickelson Drive, Rapid City, SD 57703
  • Phone: (800) 544-8765
  • Website: www.wdt.edu

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