South Dakota contains two schools that offer dental programs. University of South Dakota, the highest-ranking dental school in SD, has a total student population of 9,617 and is the 286th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 2 dental schools in South Dakota, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of South Dakota comes out as the most expensive ($12,826/yr), with Lake Area Technical Institute as the lowest recorded at only $9,078/yr.
Dental students from South Dakota schools who go on to become dentists, orthodontists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 86,270 people working as dentists, general alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $156,850. Also, Dental hygienists make on average $67,860 per year and there are about 173,900 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the South Dakota alone, there are 470 employed dental hygienists earning an average yearly salary of $60,580. Dentists, general in this state earn $142,900/yr and there are 210 employed.
Also, within the dental schools in South Dakota, the average student population is 1,780 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Aside from dental, there are 1098 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,143 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $6,336, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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