Sinte Gleska University Admissions

Costs, Financial Aid, Graduation Rates & More

1880s portrait of Sichangu Dakota Chief Sintegaleska (Spotted Tail), after whom Sinte Gleska University is named.
1880s portrait of Sichangu Dakota Chief Sintegaleska (Spotted Tail), after whom Sinte Gleska University is named. C. M. Bell / Wikimedia Commons

Sinte Gleska University Admissions Overview:

Sinte Gleska has open admissions, meaning that any interested and qualified students (those graduated from high school, or who have earned their GED) are able to attend the school. Prospective students will still need to submit an application form; it can be found online at the school's website. Students will also need to submit official high school transcripts as part of the application. While campus visits are not required of applicants, they are suggested, so that applicants can see if the school would be a good fit for them. If you have any questions about the school or its admissions process, be sure to check out Sinte Gleska's website, or contact a member of the admissions office.

Admissions Data (2016):

Sinte Gleska University Description:

Founded in 1971, Sinte Gleska University is located in Mission, South Dakota. Named after a Lakota Chief, the school was founded on, and focuses on, the education of Native American students. Sinte Gleska University offers a complete range of majors and degrees--everything from Fine Art to Business, from Nursing to Education. Students can join a number of on-campus clubs and activities. SGU also contains a Sicangu Heritage Center, open year-round for students (and the general public) to visit. The college has a relatively low tuition, and very few of its students take out loans; the majority receive financial aid from grants and work-study programs. The school has no athletics within the NCAA conference system.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 568 (531 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 32% Male / 68% Female
  • 49% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $3,154
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,000
  • Other Expenses: $7,000
  • Total Cost: $21,154

Sinte Gleska University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 70%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 70%
    • Loans: 0%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,758
    • Loans: $ - 

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Elementary Education, Human Services, Counseling, Liberal Arts, Business Administration

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 100%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 12%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 24%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Sinte Gleska University Mission Statement:

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"The mission of the SGU Institute of Technologies is to provide the people of the Sicangu Lakota Nation with an  experiential-based program within the context of cultural and traditional values.
 All programs are designed to provide students with professional and academic skills necessary for employment and  personal development."

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