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Quality Education from K to PhD

Elementary and secondary education in the Rushmore Region is governed by 15 local school boards, a system that gives each community the autonomy to set the course for their children's education. Funding for schools is supplemented by a State Aid Formula that assures that each district spends at least $4,600 per student per year. Small school districts are allotted extra money to cover expenses.
Upon graduation, high school seniors have a number of choices for higher education within the Rushmore Region.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Founded in 1885, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university in Rapid City. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. In 2013-14, 2,640 students from 45  states and 37 countries were enrolled at the university..

Black Hills State University

Located in Spearfish, the university offers 75 academic programs at the associate, bachelor's, and master's degree levels. BHSU, with more than 4,000 students, has earned a reputation for transforming lives through innovative, high-quality academic programs and a dynamic learning community.

National American University

With its flagship campus in Rapid City, National American University is a nationwide educator offering on-campus and online undergraduate programs in fields such as accounting, business administration, healthcare, criminal justice and information technology. Graduate programs in business, management and nursing are also available.

Oglala Lakota College

A tribal college based in Kyle, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, OLC offers associate degrees, certificates, bachelor's degrees and a master’s degree in Lakota Leadership. The school's Rapid City campus offers programs for students living off the reservation. OLC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Accrediting Agency.

Western Dakota Technical Institute

WDT offers more than 30 programs in fields such as business and computers, construction trades, health services, legal services, manufacturing and mechanical trades, and science and technology.

University Center

The University Center-Rapid City is a partnership of South Dakota's six public universities. Students can enroll in certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree programs. 

United Tribes Technical College

UTTC Black Hills Learning Center provides you with outstanding teachers who are dedicated to your education and the resources to get you on a career path you have chosen. There are many support services available for students in the areas of advising and counseling, assessment testing, career services, enrollment services, financial aid and student life.
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