South Dakota contains ten schools that offer public safety programs. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the highest-ranking public safety school in SD, has a total student population of 51,659 and is the 31st highest ranked school in America.
Of the 10 public safety schools in South Dakota, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Denver comes out as the most expensive ($31,044/yr), with Northwest College as the lowest recorded at only $4,695/yr.
Public Safety students from South Dakota schools who go on to become public safety dispatchers, public safety officials, public safety managers, public safety specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 98,090 people working as police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,470. Also, Emergency medical technicians and paramedics make on average $33,020 per year and there are about 217,920 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the South Dakota alone, there are 760 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average yearly salary of $25,930. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers in this state earn $28,770/yr and there are 330 employed.
Also, within the public safety schools in South Dakota, the average student population is 1,780 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Aside from public safety, 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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