B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Professors
    C+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Safety
    A
  5. Student Life
    B+
  6. Location
    B-
Western Dakota Technical Institute is ...
Public
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
800 Mickelson Drive
Rapid City, SD 57703
Website

Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$12,607/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,084/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,646/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,626/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,579/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,779/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.22 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.17 responses
71%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.17 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
645Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
39%
Pell Grant
65%
Varsity Athletes
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$31,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
33%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%

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Western Dakota Technical Institute is a wonderful school. The student population is culturally diverse and a great mixture of nontraditional and traditional students. Classes are challenging and extremely informative. There is an atmosphere at WDT that makes a student feel like they are alone one their path to a successful career. The instructors and staff constantly convey a message that they too are responsible for our success in school and in our career of choice. With the school behind you, it makes it feel like you are a part of something great and makes the quality of student life wonderful. The courses and programs available at WDT are directly related to the need of job placement in the region which makes it extremely easy to gain employment in the career/program of choice.
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Instead of trying to add more programs to the list of what is offered at Western Dakota Tech, the quality of the programs that are already in place needs to be sufficient. I feel for instructors who are spread thin and have no axillary staff to aid the progression an entire program. The administration has no first hand experience with the programs yet is the primary oversight. The medical programs which account for a very high percentage of enrollment at WDT needs oversight by a professional in that field, not a dean with a background in business, those are two completely different worlds! There is no student advocate and very little can be done to address student concerns. It's sad really, students from every sort of background come here to advance themselves. According to this website a little under 60% of those students succeed in graduating. I'm sure there are students happy with their education, many students are just complacent enough to receive that coveted piece of paper upon graduation, but for students who are having issues with the quality of their education, there is simply no where to go.
This school has all the latest training technologies.They train with the SIMS program. It is an amazing training experience. You become more prepaired for the real challenges when you enter the work force.The workload isn't to bad after you get into the swing of things.Time management is a big part of school.The classes are up to date and the job oppertunities are wide open in SD.