Our Dakota Dream is that every South Dakotan can achieve their dreams — and we know that many of those dreams require education after high school. 4-year, 2-year, technical or community college could be stops along your educational pathway required to achieve your career dreams.

Our Dakota Dreams is your virtual guide to pursuing education after high school in South Dakota — your one stop shop. From students to parents to adult learners, there are resources and information available to get you on the right path. Wherever you are in your education journey, let’s connect and help you take the steps needed to make your Dakota dreams come true!


A college degree can help make your dreams a reality. Think about the business owners, doctors, graphic designers, or teachers who are living their best lives doing the work they love – their dreams were in large part thanks to access to higher education.

Did you know that most professional dreams require a college degree and that earning a college degree can increase your earnings by more than one million dollars during the course of your career?  A college degree is also one of the best ways to become a leader in your community and build a successful life for your family.



  • Black Hills State University
    Spearfish, South Dakota

    Black Hills State University is a comprehensive regional public university located in Spearfish, northern Black Hills, South Dakota. We are a small campus that offers a personalized approach to education and where students are well-known and supported by their faculty.

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  • Dakota State University
    Madison, South Dakota

    In 1881, Dakota State University was founded as a school for teacher education, in the Dakota Territory. Though we have since shifted our primary focus of education to the cyber world, Dakota State remains one of the few universities in the nation, who provides students with the technology needed to excel in any career.

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  • Lake Area Technical College
    Watertown, South Dakota

    Our distinctive technical education will help land you a job in a high-demand career field. At Lake Area Tech, we work hard to keep our programs cutting-edge and our graduates happy. We want you to love what you do! Founded in 1965 as the first technical school in South Dakota, Lake Area Tech now has 31 programs (12 online E-Degrees), 2,600+ enrolled students, and a living record of success


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  • Mitchell Technical College
    Mitchell, South Dakota

    It is the mission of Mitchell Technical College to provide skills for success in technical careers. Mitchell Technical College will be an innovative leader in technical education and a valued partner in global workforce development, preparing students for career success and lifelong learning in an ever-changing world.


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  • Northern State University
    Aberdeen, South Dakota

    Since 1901, Northern has been committed to academic and extracurricular excellence. Today, we offer nationally accredited academic programs in arts and sciencesbusinessfine arts and teacher education.

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  • South Dakota Mines
    Rapid City, South Dakota

    We are a state-supported university established in 1885 that enjoys a nationwide reputation for excellence in engineering, the sciences, and computer technology. Ranked one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 14 consecutive years, we offer more than 35 outstanding, affordable degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels through 16 departments.

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  • South Dakota State University

    Brookings, South Dakota 

    It’s time to build your future at South Dakota State University. With 80 majors, 97 minors and excellent faculty, SDSU provides you with all the tools you need to turn your dreams into reality. We are a place where world-class academics open big-time doors, and where you’re a part of the family from your very first day. You’ll be challenged here. You’ll be supported here. And you’ll go farther once you graduate from here. It’s time to discover where you’re going and who you will become. It’s all built by YOU and SDSU.


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  • Southeast Technical College
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

     Southeast Tech has offered the most cost-effective, career relevant education in Sioux Falls for more than 50 years. What does that mean for you? We focus on education that will get you out the door in 24 months or less with career skills that will get you in the door with the area’s best employers. And the best part is that you can do it for a fraction of the cost of a traditional degree. With over 65 career paths to choose from, our graduates enter the workforce confident and experienced in their chosen profession


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  • University of South Dakota
    Vermillion, South Dakota

    The University of South Dakota offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs within the South Dakota System of Higher Education. As the oldest university in the state, the University of South Dakota serves as the flagship and the only public liberal arts university in the state.

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  • Western Dakota Technical College
    Rapid City, South Dakota

    Western Dakota Technical College prepares students to be highly-skilled professionals through accessible, career-focused programs to improve their lives, while adapting to community workforce needs and positively impacting our economy. 


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