Sinte Gleska University

E. Highway 18, 101 Antelope Lake Circle, Mission, South Dakota 57555-0105


  • College Type: 4-year, Public
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Total Student Population: 781
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Graduation Rate: NA
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Sinte Gleska University (SGU) is a 4-year tribal college located on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The university was established in 1971 and is named after Chief Spotted Tail, also known as Sinte Gleska in the Lakota language.

SGU offers associate, bachelor, and graduate degree programs in a variety of fields, including business, education, Lakota studies, nursing, social work, and STEM fields.

The mission of SGU is to provide higher education to the members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and surrounding communities.

Sinte Gleska University is known for its strong commitment to incorporating Lakota language and culture into its curriculum. The university offers courses in Lakota language, history, and culture, and has a department of Lakota studies that focuses on the preservation and promotion of Lakota language and culture. SGU also hosts an annual Lakota Omniciye, a cultural event that celebrates Lakota traditions and brings together members of the community.

In order to achieve it’s mission, the university partners with local schools and organizations to provide educational opportunities and resources to the community.

Sinte Gleska University also operates several programs and centers that focus on community outreach and service, including the Wicoicaga Otipi Community Healing Center and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Higher Education Grant Program.

Sinte Gleska University also has a strong focus on student support services. The university offers academic advising, tutoring, career services, and financial aid assistance to help students.

Sinte Gleska University also has a vibrant campus life, with opportunities for student involvement in clubs, organizations, and activities.

Sinte Gleska University is home to several research centers and initiatives that focus on issues relevant to Native American communities, including the Lakota Language Preservation Project and the Indian Child Welfare Act Law Center.

Sinte Gleska University is a unique and important institution that provides access to higher education and promotes Lakota language and culture making it an excellent choice of school.

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment:781
Undergraduate enrollment:688
Percent of Undergraduate enrollment
   by gender
   by race/ethnicity
      American Indian or Alaskan Native:92.9%

Degrees Offered

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate’s degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master’s degree

Majors Offered

  • AA Early Childhood
  • AA Elementary Education
  • AA Special Education
  • AA Arts & Sciences Liberal Arts
  • BA Liberal Arts
  • AS Biological Science
  • AS Environmental Science
  • BS Environmental Science
  • AA Business
  • BA Business – Accounting
  • BA Business – Legal Studies
  • BA Business -Tribal management
  • BS K-8 Elementary Education/K-12 Special Education
  • BS K-8 Elementary Education Selected Concentration
  • BS K-8 Elementary Education Early Childhood
  • AA Great Plains Art Institute
  • BA Great Plains Art Institute
  • Human Services BA
  • MA Human Services
  • AAS – Licensed Practical Nursing
  • AAS – Data Entry Specialist
  • AAS – Administrative Office Specialist
  • AA in Lakota History & Culture


 Academic year prices for full-time, first-time undergraduate students2021-222020-212019-20
    Tuition & fees$3,154 $3,154 $3,154 
    Books and supplies$1,000 $1,000 $1,000 
      Room and board$10,000 $10,000 $10,000 
      Other expenses$7,000 $7,000 $7,000 
    Off-campus with family
      Other expenses$7,000 $7,000 $7,000

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