Oglala Lakota College Admissions

Costs, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Graduation Rates & More

Oglala Lakota College
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Oglala Lakota College Admissions Overview:

Oglala Lakota College has open admissions, which means that any interested students have the chance to study there. Still, those interested will need to submit an application in order to attend the school. Applicants will also need to submit transcripts from high school. For complete instructions and guidelines, visit the school's website (the application forms are also found online). If you have any questions or problems, be sure to get in touch with someone from Oglala Lakota College's admissions office.

Admissions Data (2016):

Oglala Lakota College Description:

Located in Kyle, South Dakota, Oglala Lakota College was founded in 1971 by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council. Originally, the college worked alongside other neighboring colleges and universities to grant degrees; in the late '80s and early '90s, the school earned accreditation, and now offers associate, bachelor, and master degrees. Students can earn these degrees in such areas as Native American Studies, Education, Social Work, and Lakota Studies and Leadership. On the athletic front, Oglala Lakota College fields men's and women's basketball teams, as well as archery. OLC has an active student government that coordinates across the different campus centers. The college has an impressively low tuition, and all of its financial aid comes from grants, with very few/no students having to take out loans.  

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,301 (1,320 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 33% Male / 67% Female
  • 61% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $2,684
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,300
  • Other Expenses: $1,850
  • Total Cost: $12,034

Oglala Lakota College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 95%
    • Loans: 0%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,941
    • Loans: $ -

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Information Technology, Elementary Education, Social Work, Native American Studies, Social Sciences

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 58%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 11%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 6%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 7%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Oglala Lakota College Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://ww2.olc.edu/about/missionstatement/

"The mission which emanates from the charter of the Oglala Sioux Tribe is to educate students for professional and vocational employment opportunities in Lakota country. The College will graduate well-rounded students grounded in Wolakolkiciyapi-learning Lakota ways of life in the community-by teaching Lakota culture and language as part of preparing students to participate in a multicultural world."

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