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Since 1968, the public, two-year institution Southeastern Technical Institute has strived to initiate, develop and provide high quality technical education opportunities and services for students aged sixteen and older. Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Southeast Technical Institute’s campus consists of the Mickelson Education Center, the Terrence Sullivan Health and Science Center, the Ed Wood Center, the Technology Center, the Scarbrough Child Care Center, and Nicolay-Hummel and Andera Residence Halls. Set on the limits of Sioux Falls, students have easy access to the “upbeat and carefree” downtown area, including entertainment, shopping and restaurants just minutes away. With a local population of just 150,000 students have the perfect opportunity to truly take advantage of the local professional sports teams, concerts, theaters and more.

Students at Southeast Tech participate in hands-on, technologically state-of-the-art programs of study to receive associate of applied science degrees as well as diplomas and certificates. With a wireless campus and programs designed to reflect market demand, students are able to get the most out of their degree, diploma, or certificate programs, or in the Business & Industry Training division. Degree-granting programs of study are currently offered in areas like business & communications, computer information systems, electronics technology, engineering technology, health technology, human services technology, industrial technology, landscape design/sports turf management & horticulture technology, and transportation technology. Exciting programs include animation technology, graphic communications, computer programming, biomedical equipment technology, architectural/construction engineering technology, cardiac ultrasound technology, Licensed Practical Nursing, law enforcement science, machine tool technology, and automotive or diesel technology. The Business & Industry Training Center features programs in computer applications, construction & transportation, corporate & small business, health education, and manufacturing & industrial areas of study.

The training center holds courses on campus, online, or on-site for specific companies and corporations. Specialized training requests are viable for consideration, featuring customized training programs. Students who wish to pursue coursework but are limited to evening and weekend classes may choose from programs in business administration, electronics technology, Licensed Practical Nursing and network administration. For those wishing to participate in distance education, the Southeast Technical Institute Online offers the Online Business Administration program. Adult learners may choose to take advantage of the STI Adult Learning Center which offers free GED and ESL (English as a second language) classes.

As a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, STI is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It has been approved to grant the associate in applied science degree in all two-year programs it offers by the South Dakota Board of Education. Automotive Technology and Diesel Technology programs are certified as Automotive Service Excellence schools by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Cardiovascular Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Surgical Technology programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Licensed Practical Nursing is accredited through the South Dakota Board of Nursing, Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement is approved by the Law Enforcement Officer and Training Commission, the Machine Tool Technology program is accredited by the National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS), Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration is accredited through the HVAC Excellence Accreditation program, and Pharmacy Technician is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

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Unique Programs

At STI it is important that students have real-world training for today’s job market, which is the inspiration for the Southeast Technical Institute laptop program. As the first campus in South Dakota to initiate this kind of program, students can harness their computer skills while simultaneously participating in classes and receiving important industry-specific software training. All STI students receive an STI email and webmail account which they can use to stay connected and participate in important academic activities.

Students involved in the laptop program should expect to submit assignments and communicate online, as well as receive important information like assignments, project information and course syllabi. Any student entering a laptop program will have the laptop provided to him or her from Southeast Tech. Financial aid can be applied to the purchase of the laptop, as it is included in tuition for the student’s first two semesters. The same conditional sales agreement process can apply to students who are not in a laptop program but wish to purchase a laptop just the same.

Laptop program areas of study are certain programs in the areas of business & communication technology, computer information systems, electronics technology, engineering technology programs, health technology, human services, and industrial technology. Some programs will have specific STI hardware and software requirements. For more information prospective students should contact STI directly.


At Southeastern Technical Institute there is an open door admissions policy. In order to qualify students must be at least 16 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED equivalency. To enroll, prospective students must complete an application for admission, submit a high school transcript or GED results (or any college transcripts as applicable), complete any Admissions Office assessments, pay a matriculation fee, and submit immunization information. Even before applying students may choose to meet with an admissions representative to explore the career and study options available at STI, and should plan to meet with a representative after acceptance for assistance in selecting courses.

Home schooled students and transfer students should pay extra attention to the admission section, as additional application materials and requirements may apply. Students applying to certain programs may be required to comply with additional program requirements which range from certain forms to background checks, and physical, medical and drug testing. Southeastern Tech should be contacted directly about special admissions instructions for the following programs: Health Technology, cardiac ultrasound, diagnostic medical sonography/abdominal/OB/GYN, electroneuradiagnostic, health information services, invasive cardiovascular, licensed practical nurse, nuclear medicine, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy/patient care technician, surgical technology, and vascular ultrasound; Human Services Technology, law enforcement, early childhood; Electronics Technology, biomedical equipment; and Transportation Technology, automotive.

Students may wish to take one of many tests given via the Southeast Testing Center, such as the COMPASS test, the applied health program HOBET or NET tests, CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) testing, and PAN and ACT testing.

Students applying to the Southeast Technical Institute Online Business Administration Degree program must complete either an ACT assessment or COMPASS assessment.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid department at STI assists students in financing their educations through grants, external scholarships, STI Foundation scholarships, loans and/or Federal work-study programs. Students must first complete the FAFSA, then submit their Financial Aid application. After receiving their Student Aid Reports, students should receive an award letter which must be completed and returned to the financial aid office. Any first-time borrowers attending STI must complete an Entrance Counseling on-line.

To apply for STI Foundation Scholarships, students must fill out an online application form, available roughly from October through mid-March each year. Decisions will be made by a scholarship selection committee and scholarships may be academic, merit or need-based. A variety of local, state, and federal scholarships are also available like the Pierre Chamber of Commerce scholarship, and the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship.

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Students have available a wide range of support services like the campus bookstore, located in the Mickelson Center, both online and in-person counseling, disability services, financial aid, a tech support help desk, job placement specialists for both part- and full-time positions, the Southeast Library as part of the South Dakota Library Network, tutoring, and webmail.

At STI find a wide variety of nontraditional students, like single parents, displaced homemakers, dislocated workers, non-direct high school grads, and adults looking to make a career change. For this reason student services are offered like the Scarbrough Center, a licensed child care center located right on campus.

With studying at STI many students choose to stay right on-campus in the roomy new four bedroom, two bathroom campus apartments. Student apartment facilities come equipped with televisions and game tables, and utilities, basic cable, basic phone and wireless internet are available for a rental fee. Students can walk from their residence to class, and will be exposed to a range of social and academic opportunities.

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The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball

Information Summary

Ranks 16th in South Dakota and 2107th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 3 0.12

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 252 0.16
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.00
Forcible Rape 108 0.07
Robbery 75 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 880 0.56
Larceny 3,554 2.28
Vehicle theft 273 0.18

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Sioux Falls, SD 57107-1301
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population5,044 (3,332 urban / 1,712 rural)
Households1,899 (2.62 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,206
Families1,413 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4600

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2049th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,496 $2,496 $2,496
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,136 $2,136 $2,136
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $193 $193 $193
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,132 $18,132 $18,132
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,132 $18,132 $18,132
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,132 $11,132 $11,132

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,864 $4,176 $3,864 $4,176 $3,864 $4,176
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,300
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,700 $7,800
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,500 $3,800
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,700 $7,800
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,500 $3,800
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,550 $4,850

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity202
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,650
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2717th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,489 ($56,284 male / $55,966 female)
Number of FT Faculty 105 (46 male / 59 female)
Number of PT Faculty 199
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $1,604,005

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2320 N Career Ave
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