Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College: Narrative Description

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Old Agency Box 689
Sisseton, SD 57262
Tel: (605)698-3966
Web Site:


Federally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1979. Setting: 2-acre rural campus. Endowment: $253,820. Educational spending 2003-04: $1335 per student. Total enrollment: 274. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 53 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 147 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 127 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 3 states and territories, 82% Native American, 0% Hispanic, 0% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 69% 25 or older, 5% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at members of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, recommendations, interview. Placement: Assessment and Placement Services for Community Colleges required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $2880 full-time. Mandatory fees: $490 full-time. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 1 open to all. Most popular organization: Student Senate. Major annual event: Native American Day. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. College housing not available. Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College Library with 15,481 books, 8 microform titles, 162 serials, 885 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $99,939. 28 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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