Oglala Lakota College is an accredited tribal college. OLC has 1,456 students enrolled part- and full-time. OLC serves the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which has a population of about 26,000 and covers 3,468 square miles in southwestern South Dakota. The OLC address is 3 Mile Creek Road, P.O. Box 490, Kyle, South Dakota 57752.
OLC is chartered by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council in 1971.
OLC is governed by a 13-member Board of Trustees.
OLC has a decentralized campus system. There are OLC instructional centers in each of the nine districts across Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. There are college instructional centers in Rapid City and on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
From its initial status as a community college, Oglala Lakota has grown to now offer Baccalaureate degrees and a master's degree in Lakota Leadership along with certificates and A.A. degrees. OLC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Accrediting Agency to offer degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s levels. Education graduates are certified by the South Dakota Division of Education to teach in K-12 elementary systems and to serve in school administrative capacities. OLC nursing graduates are certified by the South Dakota State Board of Nursing and eligible to sit for the registered nurse examination. The social work program is accredited at the bachelor's degree level.
OLC is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), which is a community of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations and make a lasting difference in the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. OLC was created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians. OLC generally serves geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level.
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Oglala Lakota College Historical Center Reviews
This wonderful museum provides a short introduction to Lakota culture and the events leading to the massacre at Wounded Knee. It's a sad and sobering story, but one that needs to be told -- and... more »
This is a must stopover if you are in the Pine Ridge Reservation or on your way to the monument at Wounded Knee. The staff took a special interest in me and my wife and treated us to special story... more »
They do not participate in the federal student loan program. Be sure to check with your scholarship programs to see if they require this participation in order to fund you. Very important for grad students!
OLC offers numerous degree programs. Be sure to check out their website for more info. There are many scholarship opportunities for students who are enrolled tribal members and also for students who are not enrolled tribal members that can often more than cover the cost of tuition. Although OLC not participate in the student loan program (allowing students to graduate without an enormous student loan debt hanging over there head), OLC goes above and beyond any other college that I have ever attended to ensure student success. OLC is an excellent school! I highly recommend OglalaLakota College!!
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