Sisseton Wahpeton College

12572 BIA Rd 700, Sisseton, SD

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Founded in 1979, the Sisseton Wahpeton College (SWC) is located in Sisseton, South Dakota.  SWC offers vocational and academic degrees in a campus setting that is located within the Lake Traverse Reservation. The average enrollment at the small community college is around 250 students per year.  Of that number, approximately 80% of the students are associated with Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, a federally recognized Dakota tribe. The college is situated in the northeastern part of the state.

SWC is one of the few schools that feature both academic and vocational degrees in its curriculum training. Through the college’s affiliation with Mount Marty College, students may also earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Tribal Goverance. The school is also unique in that it offers and supports programs that emphasize language and cultural learning related to the Dakota people.

Upgrades have been made to the campus, all which expands the school’s ability to provide an optimum learning experience for students. The Vocational Education Building and Early Childhood Education Center are some of the newest additions.

Associates degree programs are offered in:

  • Dakota studies
  • Business administration
  • Early childhood development
  • General studies and General Studies with an elementary education option
  • Business administration
  • Registered nursing
  • Chemical dependence counseling
  • Cross-cultural counseling

Credits earned through the associate degree programs can be transferred to four-year schools. Credits earned through certificate programs may be applied toward the school’s Associate of Applied Science degree. Featured certificate programs at the college include courses that lead to jobs as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), computer operator, or toward employment in the general building trades. Cost of tuition is approximately $100 or $115 per credit hour, depending on a student’s requirements for funding. You can obtain further details by contacting the college at 605-693-3966.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $3,800-$4,500 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $130 to $150 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid75%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships75%$2,339

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Sisseton Wahpeton College may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for Sisseton Wahpeton College, versus those community colleges in South Dakota, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 Sisseton Wahpeton CollegeRoberts CountySouth Dakota
Graduation Rate6.6%-44.0%
Transfer-out Rate8.2%-9.0%
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Sisseton Wahpeton College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

Construction Trades


    Engineering Technology

    Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

    Family and Consumer Sciences

    Health and Clinical Professions

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Natural Resources and Conservation

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