These Are The 10 Best Colleges For Jobs In South Dakota For 2019

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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.

Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.

Compared to a lot of other states, South Dakota has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.

All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in SD, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in South Dakota.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in South Dakota:

  1. University of Sioux Falls
  2. Augustana University
  3. Northern State University
  4. South Dakota State University
  5. Dakota State University
  6. Mount Marty College
  7. University of South Dakota
  8. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  9. Dakota Wesleyan University
  10. Presentation College

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of South Dakota has to offer.

How We Determined The Best Schools In South Dakota For Jobs

Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.

We limited the analysis to the 13 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in South Dakota that offer at least a bachelors degree.

Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.

The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, University of Sioux Falls, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in South Dakota.’

1. University of Sioux Falls

University of Sioux Falls

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Sioux Falls
Employed: 95.43%

2. Augustana University

Augustana University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Sioux Falls
Employed: 94.85%

3. Northern State University

Northern State University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Aberdeen
Employed: 93.21%

4. South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Brookings
Employed: 93.18%

5. Dakota State University

Dakota State University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Madison
Employed: 92.73%

6. Mount Marty College

Mount Marty College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Yankton
Employed: 92.6%

7. University of South Dakota

University of South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Vermillion
Employed: 92.08%

8. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Rapid City
Employed: 91.6%

9. Dakota Wesleyan University

Dakota Wesleyan University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Mitchell
Employed: 90.05%

10. Presentation College

Presentation College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Aberdeen
Employed: 89.93%

There You Have It — The Best Colleges For Jobs In South Dakota

If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only South Dakota, but the entire country.

Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in South Dakota by their employment rates 10 years after college.

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In South Dakota

Rank College Employed
1 University of Sioux Falls 95.43%
2 Augustana University 94.85%
3 Northern State University 93.21%
4 South Dakota State University 93.18%
5 Dakota State University 92.73%
6 Mount Marty College 92.6%
7 University of South Dakota 92.08%
8 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 91.6%
9 Dakota Wesleyan University 90.05%
10 Presentation College 89.93%
11 Black Hills State University 89.09%
12 Sinte Gleska University 71.89%
13 Oglala Lakota College 70.59%