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Lake Area Technical College

Watertown, SD 2-Year Public
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About Lake Area Tech

Lake Area Technical Institute Overview

Lake Area Technical Institute is a public, state school in a small town setting in Watertown, South Dakota. Lake Area Tech was founded in 1965 and the school now enrolls around 2,190 students per year, including 2,190 undergraduate students.

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2022 Lake Area Tech Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.1
In-State Tuition $3,720
Out-of-State $3,720
Percent of Need Met 53.16%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $9,254

Is Lake Area Tech a Good School?


Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how selective a school is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what Lake Area Tech offers and if the school might be a good fit for you.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lake Area Tech

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Lake Area Tech Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 99% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent Lake Area Tech grads is $48,179 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

Lake Area Technical Institute's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Lake Area Tech's endowment was valued at $4.4 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Lake Area Tech spends about $6,586 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Lake Area Tech

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Lake Area Tech meets 53.16% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Lake Area Tech full-time are awarded $9,254 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Lake Area Tech.

Based on this information, is Lake Area Tech the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Lake Area Tech a good school for you?

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Where is Lake Area Technical Institute Located?

Lake Area Tech is located in the small town setting of Watertown, South Dakota.

If you are interested in seeing Lake Area Tech for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 29 to Watertown, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Watertown Municipal.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Lake Area Tech and Watertown are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1201 Arrow Ave Watertown, SD 57201

Campus Setting: Small Town

Lake Area Tech Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Lake Area Tech is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Lake Area Tech is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Lake Area Tech ACT Scores

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ACT Range

17 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

22 and Above

Good

17 to 22

Avg

17 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Lake Area Tech is 19. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into Lake Area Tech. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Lake Area Tech SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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Lake Area Tech Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$6,718

In State

$6,718

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$3,720
$3,720
Fees
$2,998
$2,998
Housing
Unknown
Unknown
Books
Unknown
Unknown

Student Life

Wondering what life at Lake Area Tech is like? There are approximately 2,190 students enrolled at Lake Area Tech. 69% percent of students attend school full-time, 81% percent are from SD and 19% percent of students are from other states.

69%

Full Time

31%

Part Time

81%

In State

19%

Out-of-State

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,190

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

N.A.

Tuition and Fees

In State

$6,718

Out-of-State

$6,718

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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