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2nd Summer Session Ends

July 15, 2024

Fall Admissions Ends

August 2, 2024

Fall Classes Start

August 26, 2024

Fall Classes End

December 6, 2024

Average Cost
of Attendance$19,000
32 Degree
4,400+ Successful
95% of Studentsfinance their education
with aid & scholarships

Enriching the Culture of the Lakota People

Working to preserve and rebuild the foundation of the Lakota nation, Oglala Lakota College has made it our mission to integrate Lakota culture into every single fiber of the College. From coursework to student activities and beyond.

We’re in the business of educating future leaders – future Lakota leaders who have the power in their hands to shape the health and well-being of our communities, of our families, and of our tribe overall. It is our duty to enrich these leaders in the ways of our people and provide, by all means necessary, the resources and tools needed to provide for a better tomorrow.

We hope you’ll join us on this path – the power is in your hands to provide for a better tomorrow.

About Culture & OLC

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Your Future Begins Outside the Classroom

Your college experience is as much about the people you meet, the formative experiences you enjoy, and the opportunities you have to connect with the Lakota culture as it is about learning.

At OLC, we work to provide students with ample opportunities to get involved, and connect with fellow students, interests, and causes on a personal level. From immersive internship opportunities to thrilling student activities like basketball games, your years spent at OLC are destined to be some of the most fulfilling, and formative years of your life. No matter what college center you’re at, or the degree program you pursue, you’ll leave OLC as a proud member of the Braveheart family.

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Committed To Student Support

Oglala Lakota College firmly believes all students should have the right to succeed, no matter the unique familial or personal circumstances that precede them. As such, OLC offers a great variety of programs, services, and resources to ensure all students are set up for success.

Your commitment to pursuing a college career not only affects you and your future, but it affects your family, community, and the Lakota people as a whole. Whether you need financial support, academic support, or unique support services for your family, disabilities, etc., we’ll work with you to not only keep you on track, but provide an educational experience that allows you to grow and graduate with the skills you need to provide a better tomorrow for yourself and those around you.

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Financial Support Academic Remediation Scholarships Student Support Services Headstart

Finance Your Education With Aid

Over 55% of Oglala Lakota College students require financial support in addition to federal aid to fund their college education. At Oglala Lakota College, we work diligently to provide students with alternative means of funding to ensure every single student has the opportunity to enrich their life with a college education. We’re on a path to shaping the future of the Lakota people and are here to make sure you have everything you need to learn, grow, and graduate as pillars of our tribal communities.

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Admissions & Aid Financial Aid Scholarships

Find Your Degree Fit

To prepare the next generation of Lakota Leaders to enter the workforce with the skills and resources needed to succeed, OLC offers a variety of degree program offerings to fit your unique professional interests ranging from Associates and Bachelors degree programs to Masters programs.

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The Societal Impact of OLC

Oglala Lakota College has made an affordable college education attainable for students on the Pine Ridge Reservation for over 50 years. Now operating 11 College Centers across the Pine Ridge Reservation, Cheyenne River Reservation, and in the urban community of Rapid City, OLC has helped students overcome the burden of rural isolation and provides critical support resources to help students overcome poverty.

While our work is far from done, we’re proud of the societal impact our graduates have provided over the last 50 years, and look forward to generations of OLC alum to come who will shape the critical infrastructure of our communities and ensure a better tomorrow for all Lakota people.

Map of colleg centers across South Dakota
Map of colleg centers across Pine Ridge Reservation