Oglala Lakota College

Oglala Lakota College

490 Piya Wiconi Road, Kyle, South Dakota 57752-0490


  • College Type: 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Total Student Population: 1451
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Graduation Rate: 9%
  • Website: www.olc.edu

Oglala Lakota College (OLC) is a tribal college located in Kyle, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It was founded in 1971 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college serves primarily the residents of the Oglala Lakota Nation and provides education and training for students of all ages, from pre-college to graduate school.

Oglala Lakota College offers a variety of associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and certificate programs. The college has six academic departments: Lakota Studies, Business, Education, Math and Science, Social Science and Humanities, and Health and Wellness. Students can also take courses online through OLC’s distance learning program.

Oglala Lakota College has commitment to promote Lakota language and culture through the Lakota Studies department which offers courses in Lakota language and culture, and the college hosts an annual Lakota Language Summit.
Oglala Lakota College has also established a Lakota Language Institute, which provides training and resources for those interested in teaching or learning Lakota.

The college operates a number of outreach programs, including the Lakota Leadership Institute, which provides leadership training for community members, and the OLC Community Education program, which offers workshops and classes on a variety of topics.

Oglala Lakota College offers a variety of student services, including tutoring, counseling, and career services. The college also has a number of clubs and organizations, such as the Student Senate and the Lakota Language Club, which provide opportunities for students to get involved and connect with their peers.

Oglala Lakota College has a diverse student body, with students from across different states in the United States and from around the world. The college is also provided a supportive and inclusive environment for all students, and offers a range of support services for students with disabilities.

With its commitment to academic excellence, community service, and cultural preservation, Oglala Lakota College is a unique and great institution to study in.

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment:1,451
Undergraduate enrollment:1,414
Percent of Undergraduate enrollment
   by gender
   by race/ethnicity
      American Indian or Alaskan Native:95.1%
      Black or African American:0.1%
      Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander:0.1%
      Two or more races:1.0%

Degrees Offered

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree

Majors Offered

  • Foundational Studies
  • A.A. General Business
  • B.S. Business Administration
  • General Education
  • A.A. Early Childhood Education
  • B.A. Early Childhood Education
  • A.A. Elementary Education
  • B.S. K-8 Elementary Education
  • B.S. 7-12 Secondary Physical Science
  • B.S. K-12 Lakota Studies Education
  • B.S. K-12 Special Education Preparation
  • M.A. Lakota Leadership and Management: Education Administration (Lmea)
  • M.A. Lakota Leadership & Management (Lakm)
  • A.A. Graphic Art
  • B.A. Leadership & Communications
  • B.A. Lakota Studies
  • A.A. Lakota Studies
  • A.A. Tribal Law
  • Lakota Language Certificate
  • A.A.S. Information Technology
  • B.S. Information Technology
  • A.A. Pre-engineering
  • B.S. Natural Science
  • A.A. Life Science
  • A.D. Nursing
  • B.S. in Social Work
  • A.A.S. Automotive Technology
  • A.A.S. Electrical Technology
  • A.A.S. General Construction
  • A.A.S. Office Technology


 Academic year prices for full-time, first-time undergraduate students2021-222020-212019-20
    Tuition & fees$2,684 $2,684 $2,684 
    Books and supplies$1,200 $1,200 $1,200 
      Room and board$7,200 $7,200 $7,200 
      Other expenses$4,450 $4,450 $4,450 
      Room and board$7,200 $7,200 $7,200 
      Other expenses$4,450 $4,450 $4,450 
    Off-campus with family
      Other expenses$4,450 $4,450 $4,450

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