A fully accredited tribal college, Sisseton Wahpeton College (SWC) provides higher education, research, vocational and technical education and continuing education to the members of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation and others within the historical lands of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. The College strives to preserve and extend Dakota culture, language, and history while contributing to economic development through the provision of human capital and other resources.
Sisseton Wahpeton College endeavors to provide quality instruction in all its programs, to encourage and support excellence in research, to promote public service activities that meet tribal and local needs and to implement comprehensive support services to ensure student and institutional success. The College offers 18 associate degrees and four certificate programs and provides the tribe and community with support services like adult basic education, GED preparation and testing, career counseling, financial aid, library services and tribal archives. Sisseton Wahpeton College has agreements with several four-year degree granting institutions that allow SWC students to take much of their course work at SWC and seamlessly matriculate to another institution. The agreement between SWC and Mount Marty College offers SWC students the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree in business and tribal governance, a one-of-a-kind program in the state.
In 1994, Sisseton Wahpeton College was recognized by the U.S. Congress with land grant status under the authorization of the Equity in Educational Land Grant Status Act. Sisseton Wahpeton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. The Nursing Program is approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing. The College is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the Association of Community Colleges.