Admissions FAQ

Admissions FAQ How do I get started?

Check out the Admissions page to see how you can start the process of becoming a WDT student and working toward the career you want.

How do I apply for admission at Western Dakota Tech?

All you need to do is complete the Admissions application!

The Admissions Office will be in touch with you shortly after you apply to guide the you through the rest of the Admissions process.

How will I know when I am accepted?

Once you have completed all of the admissions steps, the Admissions Coordinator will send you a letter of acceptance.

How can I request more information?

If you are interested in learning more about WDT and its programs, please fill out our Information Request Form and we will send information immediately. If you don’t want to wait, you can call and speak with Admissions (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565. You also can send an email to

Is there placement testing?

New students take the computerized ACCUPLACER placement exam over math, English and reading. Your ACCUPLACER results help WDT determine what math and English classes fit you best. It is not an entrance exam. The test must be completed before your admissions file will be reviewed for acceptance. There is a $15 testing fee to take ACCUPLACER.

The ACCUPLACER test can be waived if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You have an ACT sub score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading
  • You have an SAT sub score of at least 440 in Verbal and Math
  • The scores must be no more than one year old after high school graduation
When can I start?

Western Dakota Tech programs have a limited number enrollment. Most programs start in the Fall semester. An Admissions Specialist can tell you when each program accepts new students.

Do programs fill up?

Each of the career programs offered at Western Dakota Tech have a limited number enrollment. The intent of this policy is to further ensure efficiency in class scheduling, maintaining appropriate student to teacher rations, and promoting adequate labor market opportunity upon program completion.

As a program reaches the predetermined capacity, a waiting list is established and applicants are notified of their position on the list. In the event an accepted applicant is unable to fulfill their commitment for program entry, the next individual on the waiting list is offered formal acceptance.

Since most decisions in the admissions process are based on when an applicant completes required steps, early application is recommended.

Where do classes meet?

Classes are generally scheduled at either the Mickelson Campus at 800 Mickelson Dr. or at the Rushmore Campus at 1600 Sedivy Lane. Specific directions are sent with your course confirmation.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. There is a financial aid program to suit almost every need. WDT is here to make this process easy to understand and as stress free as possible. WDT has a knowledgeable Financial Aid staff who will work with you to clarify scholarship opportunities, help with required paperwork, and make sure you get the maximum assistance for which you qualify. Learn more at the Financial Aid page.

Are there scholarships available to Western Dakota Tech students?

WDT offers scholarships to WDT students.Check out the Scholarships page to what scholarships are currently available.

What is Western Dakota Tech’s Federal School Code?

Western Dakota Tech’s federal school code is 010170.