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  1. Professors
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Safety
    A+
  5. Student Life
    A+
  6. Location
    B+
Lake Area Tech is an above-average public college located in Watertown, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,566 undergraduate students. The Lake Area Tech acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Agricultural Business, Diesel Mechanics, and Welding. Graduating 75% of students, Lake Area Tech alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,100.
1201 Arrow Avenue
Watertown, SD 57201
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference

Lake Area Technical College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$11,689/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$3,769/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.5 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.3 responses
100%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.3 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
16
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
5
Online Associates Programs
11
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    19%
  • On Campus
    68%
  • Online
    13%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,566Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
679
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%

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I liked how you really got connected to the Professors and other students! It was really easy to make friends and be involved at this college. You were very easily able to get help if you needed it and ask questions with out feeling nervous because of the smaller class sizes. Being able to work hands on is also very nice. You really get a feel for what you are doing and are able to experience it first hand. I think you get a great learning experience here and are able to use it in the real world.
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Lake area tech is a very young campus, I was recently looking into Mitchell tech and the difference between the two is amazing! To me Lake Area is all about getting you into the right careeer for you and making sure you succeed! And they tell you it’s okay to chbsvge your mind, where Mitchell tech wants you to find your “carreer” and stay to it whether you like it or not. The staff at lake area is super friendly and always ready to help
Overall I really enjoy Lake Area Technical Institute. I took the welding technology course. the course was good and the material that was covered was all I expected and was great for only a one year program. My instructors are awesome and do a great job at helping you when you need it. I’m going back for my AAS in welding and I already and tell that the course will be helpful in my career and that the instructors will be great. The campus is pretty easy to navigate through and is always kept clean. It’s a great looking campus and mostly everyone of the employees are nice and willing to help if you need anything. Like I stated before my welding Instructors were great and my first semester gen ed instructor was also great but my Second semester instructor was not the best. They didn’t know really what they were doing and probably shouldn’t be teaching that particular course. It seemed they cared more about them selves then the students and was hard to talk to in general.