Rapid City, South Dakota (SD) Colleges and Universities

There are five schools in Rapid City, South Dakota, and two other schools located within a 50-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including highest graduation rate and largest schools to find the school for you.

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The Rapid City region isn't home to many postsecondary institutions. To help local students determine if any of these schools are worth their attention, we compare them in the categories listed below based on information gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Rapid City, South Dakota

The schools closest to Rapid City, SD, are a fairly even mix of 2-year and 4-year institutions. A couple of the 4-year schools offer graduate level programs in addition to undergraduate degree programs.

  • National American University-Rapid City (located downtown)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (located downtown)
  • Western Dakota Technical Institute (1.4 miles from downtown)
  • National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension (8.5 miles from downtown)
  • Black Hills State University (43.2 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Rapid City, South Dakota

Even the largest schools near Rapid City may be considered small by some students, as all of the schools nearby have fewer than 5,000 students. The larger schools available are mostly public institutions.

  • Black Hills State University (4,489 students)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (2,798 students)
  • National American University-Rapid City (1,479 students)
  • Western Dakota Technical Institute (840 students)
  • National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension (376 students)

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Lowest Net Price

As reported by the NCES, the area near Rapid City is home to schools that all had a net price lower than $18,000 for the 2014-2015 school year. The net price for a school is determined by taking the average financial aid (grants and scholarships) package awarded to full-time undergraduate students and subtracting it from the estimated attendance cost.

  • National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension ($11,483)
  • Western Dakota Technical Institute ($12,607)
  • Black Hills State University ($14,091)
  • National American University-Rapid City ($17,546)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ($17,925)

Highest Graduation Rates

The graduation rates for traditional schools near Rapid City are all around or below 50%, according to the NCES. The overall graduation rate represents the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who have finished their programs within 150% of the normal completion time.

  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (51% graduation rate)
  • Black Hills State University (36% graduation rate)
  • Western Dakota Technical Institute (33% graduation rate)
  • National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension (25% graduation rate)
  • National American University-Rapid City (19% graduation rate)

Although Rapid City, SD, does not have very many schools available, there is a mix of public and private options when comparing graduation rates, price, size, and location.

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