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Located in Watertown, South Dakota, Lake Area Technical Institute is a public institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Watertown draws many to the area.

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Lake Area Technical Institute Rankings

LATI is ranked #185 out of 1,672 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 12 colleges in South Dakota, it is ranked at #3.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

LATI has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Nursing Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at LATI.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#40 Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#111 Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#112 Best Value Nursing Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#124 Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Lake Area Technical Institute?


Contact details for LATI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown, SD 57201-0730
Phone: 605-882-5284

How Do I Get Into LATI?

You can apply to LATI online at:

Lake Area Technical Institute has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford Lake Area Technical Institute?

87% Take Out Loans
7.1% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At LATI, approximately 87% of students took out student loans averaging $6,065 a year. That adds up to $24,260 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at LATI is 7.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Lake Area Technical Institute Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,509 Full-Time Undergraduates
42% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,217 undergraduate students at LATI, with 1,509 being full-time and 708 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 1,509 full-time undergraduates at LATI, 58% are male and 42% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Lake Area Technical Institute students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 11
Black or African American 15
Hispanic or Latino 21
White 1,345
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 111

Over 6 countries are represented at LATI. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Paraguay, South Korea, and Bangladesh.

Online Learning at Lake Area Technical Institute

456 Took All Classes Online
978 Took At Least One Class Online
5,098.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 978 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at LATI has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 4th most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of LATI

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Lake Area Technical Institute was 5,098.3%. This is the #15 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at LATI regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of LATI majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at LATI ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at LATI.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants #1
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training #1

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Lake Area Technical Institute Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 65 65
Registered Nursing 0 0
TOTAL 65 65


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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