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 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 Western Dakota Tech and our 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 Western Dakota Tech 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 a SAT sub-score of at least 440 in Verbal and Math
  • The scores must be within the last 5 years

When can I start? Western Dakota Tech programs have a limited number enrollment. Most programs start in the Fall semester. An Admissions Counselor 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 the Mickelson Campus at 800 Mickelson Dr. Specific directions are sent with your course confirmation. We also offer some classes online.

Is financial aid available? Yes. There is a financial aid program to suit almost every need. Western Dakota Tech is here to make this process easy to understand and as stress-free as possible. Western Dakota Tech 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? Western Dakota Tech offers scholarships to Western Dakota Tech 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.