The 3 Best Christian Colleges in South Dakota for 2022

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The editors at Lord’s Library have compiled this list of the best Christian colleges in South Dakota to save you the search.

Searching for the best Christian colleges in South Dakota can involve a fair bit of research with a number of options across the state. According to Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study, the religious composition of Christian adults in the state is 79 percent. South Dakota’s Christian higher learning landscape includes colleges and universities with varying degrees of religious study, as well as dedicated Bible colleges for a scripture-first approach.

Choosing the institution that is right for you will largely depend on your spiritual and educational goals. It’s with this in mind that our editors assembled this list of the best Christian colleges in South Dakota to consider. Each entry includes the school’s location and a brief “From the institution” description to give you a high-level overview of the college and save you time. Simply click the college name or logo to go direct to the institution’s website if you want to learn more.

Note: The best Christian colleges in South Dakota are ranked in alphabetical order.

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The Best Christian Colleges in South Dakota


Augustana UniversityAugustana University 

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

From the institution: “Inspired by Lutheran scholarly tradition and the liberal arts, Augustana provides an education of enduring worth that challenges the intellect, fosters integrity and integrates faith with learning and service in a diverse world. Central to the Augustana experience are five core values. The community lives them and honors them, and they infuse the academic curriculum as well as student life. These five values are identified below, followed by a phrase that sums up the essence of the word as it informs the University’s mission. These phrases are, in turn, followed by how the value is expressed in the daily life of the University and its people.”


Mount Marty UniversityMount Marty University

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

From the institution: “Mount Marty University is a small, Catholic liberal arts university in Southeast South Dakota. Based in Yankton, a historic city of 15,000 people, Mount Marty believes that the Benedictine values of awareness of God, community, hospitality, lifelong learning and service are fundamental to the daily lives of students, faculty and staff. Faith is a personal journey, and we respect that. Regardless of your religion or your relationship with your faith, we’re here to guide you as you follow the Catholic Benedictine values of God, inclusiveness, community and learning.”


University of Sioux FallsUniversity of Sioux Falls

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

From the institution: “Founded in 1883, the University of Sioux Falls, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a Christian, Liberal Arts University affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. USF is an independent, not-for-profit institution. Dedicated faculty intentionally integrate faith and learning, helping students to discover their career calling and preparing them to serve God and humankind. With a 99% placement rate, our alumni live out USF’s Culture for Service motto in their professions, families and communities.”


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Tim is the Founder and Ministerial Editor at Lord's Library, a Christian resource hub focused on helping readers grow their faith in Jesus Christ. Tim became a Christian in April 2021 and believes 1 Peter 4:11 commands him to share The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) "as of the ability which God giveth."

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