Chief Dull Knife College
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Founded in 1975, Chief Dull Knife College is in a rural area that is fairly far from urban development.
Address
1 College Drive
Lame Deer, MT 59043
cdkc.edu
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Programs offered by this school
Size corresponds to the number of graduates and color indicates field of study
General StudiesOffice workHealthcare Management and Prof...
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Programs
This chart shows the number of graduates at all levels in the years shown for each discipline group. Look for a school with steady enrollment and focus in the areas that interest you most.
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Quantitative/Technology
Healthcare
Community Services
Education
Legal Studies
Social Sciences
Business
Career
General/Interdisciplinary
Award Levels
Associate's Degree
Quick Facts
Student Focus
Tribal
Tribal College
Institutional Control
Chief Dull Knife College is a private not-for-profit organization.
Undergraduate Students
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
Accreditation
fair
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
Chief Dull Knife College holds an accreditation from one of the seven regional accreditors, which should ensure that credits earned transfer easily. Please read below for concerns we found in the accreditation records.
Accreditation History
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (Accredited June 1, 1996 - present)
  • The accreditation was recently renewed on April 1, 2019.
  • The next accreditation review is scheduled for April 1, 2025.
  • A probation was placed on the accreditation on July 8, 2019 for Probation or Equivalent or a More Severe Status: Warning--Additional oversight is required to ensure a resolution of compliance issues
Student Attention
Context: Freshman satisfaction
Do most freshman choose to return for a sophomore year?
Context: Students per full-time instructor
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs.
Context: Instructional expenditures per student
Although spending is not a guarantee of a good classroom experience, high spending can hint at a priority placed on quality in the classroom.
Students on campus
Study Types
About 51% of students are full-time. No students take distance education courses.
Full-time
51%
Online classes
0%
Context: Student body size
Chief Dull Knife College has 429 students.
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Graduation Rate
Approximately 51% of undergraduate students are full-time and about 72% of students are full-time first-time college students. In the last reporting year, 43% of students, inclusive of part-time and transfer students, received a degree within 8 years.
43%
Time to complete
4 years
6 years
8 years
Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect eight-year graduation rates for all degrees at the colleges and universities in your chosen context group. This reporting is for undergraduate students inclusive of transfer students and full/part-time students.
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student race/origin
Chief Dull Knife College reports that 90% of students are minority, which is less than 99% of the context schools. This school's 0 of international students is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
American Indian
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student gender
Is the gender balance of Chief Dull Knife College students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart. For many context groups, the balance is not 50-50, so be sure to check out the context chart below.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage of women
With 55% women students, Chief Dull Knife College has a lower percentage of women than 74% of context schools.
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Opportunities and Services
Does Chief Dull Knife College offer good activities, services, and academic options for you? Here's what we found!
Activities offered

Student newspaper

Undergraduate services offered

Personal/psychological counseling

Remedial services

Academic/career counseling services

Special academic opportunities

Cooperative program

Formal adult program

Internships

Off campus study: members of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium

Part-time degree programs

Remediation available

Services for learning disabilities

Summer session

Undergraduate Student Satisfaction and Success
Student Satisfaction
Context: Percentage of students who return after their first year

If students come back for a second year, that suggests they are satisfied and able to succeed. The schools with satisfied freshmen should score above that dark gray 50% mark.

80%71%0%20%40%60%80%100%Full-timePart-time
Context: Percentage of students transferring out

How many people transfer out of Chief Dull Knife College within 8 years of entering? If you're considering a school with lots of transfers, be sure to find out why it was a bad fit for so many other students!

4%0%20%40%60%80%100%
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Are students graduating on time?
Let us tell you all about low graduation rates!

Across the country, graduation rates are surprisingly low. In fact, Forbes Magazine suggests that they are unacceptably low. However, from another point of view, sometimes graduation rates simply reflect the relative preparation of the students who enter. Colleges with a mission to help people coming from less advantaged backgrounds, such as first-generation and low-income students, may have low graduation rates despite relatively strong outcomes for students who face many obstacles to success. Without the context provided in these views of completion rates, it can be tricky to separate predatory schools that take financial advantage of under-prepared students from those that are actively seeking to encourage and help those students.

For the consumer choosing a school, once you have narrowed your list to those schools that you can afford and that seem likely to admit you, consider the outcome measures in this section and choose the specific measures that best describe your plans. Very simply, schools with high graduation rates and high loan repayment rates will likely give you the best opportunity to succeed.

Choose a way to look at graduation rates
Rates with need context
Trends in rates
Rates by gender and race
Context: the impact of wealth and transfer status on degree completion

We took a close look lagging success for students with financial need in a case study. Here's a chance to compare schools based on student successes with a better appreciation of how circumstances may impact success. One word of caution: the statistics for some categories may consist of only a handful of students -- see the details by hovering or long-pressing on the bars.

Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
Choose a student group
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Percentage with Pell Grants
87%
Full-time first-time students who received an associate's degree within 4 years after enrolling
42%40%42%0%50%100%Non-PellPellAll
Full-time first-time students who received an associate's degree within 6 years after enrolling
47%40%48%0%50%100%Non-PellPellAll
Full-time first-time students who received an associate's degree within 8 years after enrolling
50%60%48%0%50%100%Non-PellPellAll
Chief Dull Knife College cannot offer federal student loans
We do not have data on loan repayments for this school. Although students can receive federal student loans through Chief Dull Knife College, it seems that very few students typically require loans. In the most recent reporting year, no full-time freshmen took out federal loans.
Context: Need met for degree-seeking undergraduate students
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Classroom Quality
Student attention at Chief Dull Knife College

Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.

Context: Number of students per instructor
13.312020406080Full-time inst.Any inst.
Full-time and long-term instructors at Chief Dull Knife College
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs. Chief Dull Knife College has 100% full-time instructors, and 89% of the context schools have a lower percentage of full-time faculty. Faculty with multi-year contracts provide additional stability and commitment to the school and its students. Within the full-time instructors at Chief Dull Knife College, none have multi-year employment contracts. Of the context schools, only 29% have instructors with multi-year contracts.
Full-time instructors
100%
Long-term instructors
0%
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Faculty Diversity

Here's an opportunity to explore the faculty's diversity. For many schools, attracting a diverse teaching faculty can be a challenge. It's important to judge their success with the reality check of what their peer schools have accomplished.

Choose how to see faculty gender and race/origin
Overview
Context
Number of full-time instructors
The chart shows male instructors to the left, and female to the right, with the races/origins included along the bars. Select the context graph to see how this diversity profile compares to the schools that interest you.
American IndianWhite0246810Men0246810Women
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Student Body
Which students comprise the campus?

Who might be attending school with you? We'll look at what degrees most students have received, whether they are on campus or online, a little about their path, and the overall student body size. Our aim is to give some idea of what the campus culture might be.

See what degrees have been awarded

This donut chart shows you what degrees were awarded by Chief Dull Knife College last year, and gives you a good idea of this school's focus. Make sure this school's focus matches your goals.

Associate's Degree
What percentage of students are online and not on campus?

There are performance problems with many online-focused schools -- you can read about this in an Ididio case study, but you may want some online options to give you greater flexibility.

Fall enrollment
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No online courses
Some courses online
All courses online
Where are the other undergraduate students in their studies?

You will be most happy at a school with a large number of students who are like you, whether that's someone who enters right out of high school, or someone who is transferring, or someone who isn't ready to work towards a degree.

Degree-seeking: first-time
Degree-seeking: continuing
Degree-seeking: transfer-in
Non-degree-seeking
Student body size

Another breakdown that can help is a view of the student body size. Here we show student counts, including part-time versus full-time students. If the proportion of students that best describes you is relatively small, then is it possible that another school might be better-prepared to meet your needs?

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Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Freshman residence
In-state
Out-of-state
International
Not Reported
Choose how to look at freshman residence
Residence in context
Residence over time
Freshman residences in context
How does the geographic diversity at Chief Dull Knife College compare to the context group?
81%19%0%20%40%60%80%100%Not ReportedIn-state
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Student race/origin

The NPR article A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure emphasizes the importance of judging a school's diversity based on solid data as promotional materials are eager to suggest a multicultural student body.

Student race is only categorized for non-international students, and international students are listed separately.

Race/Origin
White
American Indian
Choose a second viewpoint for student race and origin
Race/Origin in context
Race/origin over time
Context: Student race/origin
Here we offer some context as we compare diversity at Chief Dull Knife College with that of the current context group.
10%90%0%20%40%60%80%100%BlackPacific IslanderHispanicAsianMultiracialNot ReportedInternationalWhiteAmerican Indian
Student age distribution

The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.

Age range
18-19
20-21
22-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-49
Choose another way to view age at Chief Dull Knife College
Age in context
Age over time
Context: Age distribution
Seeing the age distribution in context lets us evaluate the focus at Chief Dull Knife College compared to the focus for the context schools.
2%7%6%14%17%26%30%0%10%20%30%40%65 and over50-6440-4935-3930-3425-2922-2420-2118-19Under 18
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Student gender distribution
The donut shows the gender breakdown for students at Chief Dull Knife College.
Why are genders so rarely 50-50?

There are multiple outside factors that can affect the gender balance of students recruited by schools. As an example, within less-affluent families higher education is more frequently attained by women than by men, a phenomenon explored in the Atlantic. Therefore, schools serving lower-income populations may be more likely to see a gender imbalance. On the other hand, some colleges may offer predominantly degrees that are stereotypically associated with a single gender, affecting the ratio of men to women accordingly.

Gender
Men
Women
Choose how to look at gender
Gender in context
Gender over time
Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Chief Dull Knife College.
45%55%0%20%40%60%80%100%MenWomen
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Programs Offered
Finding a program

In the folders below, you can explore your options for study. The folders are grouped and colored by broad field, and you can see the number of students who have completed degrees in each field by following the colors in our chart showing graduations. You can...

  • Filter the programs by the award level that interests you.
  • Use the search key to limit the listings to all relevant progrmas.
  • Select a specific program from this menu to see some great details!
All current offerings
Award Level
All levels
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeHealthcare Management and Professionals
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeOffice work
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeGeneral Studies
Admissions
Open Admissions
Chief Dull Knife College is an open admissions school and accepts any student who applies.
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Costs and Financial Aid
Net price: the best estimate for the cost to attend

Most schools publish tuition rates that give them room to offer both scholarships and financial aid where applicable. Your best guess at what you might pay is to see what others with similar family incomes have paid. A more tailored and accurate estimate is available at this school's net price calculator.

Understanding net price

With their net price calculators, many colleges and universities give an idea of what merit-based aid might accompany need-based aid. For schools that share such data, we also provide financial aid data in the Finanical Aid sections.

There are some caveats to consider when using the net price estimates:

  • The net price calculation is weighted by this school's proportion of students living on- and off-campus and this school's estimate of off-campus costs, which may cause the net price methodology be a bit inconsistent from school to school.
  • Parental income and student financial aid eligibility is sometimes more complicated than the simple family income number reported here.
  • The net price calculation for all students is inclusive of students who received any institutional or government aid, but at the family income levels the net price only considers the tuition paid by those who qualified for federal aid.

You can get a little better guess at what you would pay by using this school's net price calculator.

Percentage of students receiving any aid

The donut, based on 15 full-time first-time degree seeking students at Chief Dull Knife College, shows the percentage of those who received any financial aid (including merit-based scholarships), subdivided by family income.

53%
Aid type and family income
Federal: $0-30K
Federal: $30K-48K
Federal: $48K-75K
Federal: $75K-110K
Federal: Above $110K
Only institutional
Net price by family income
All Incomes

Let's look over the past few years at what freshmen who received any financial aid actually paid for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses on average, and how that compares to the tuition usually paid for other private universities in your context group. Public universities only report net price for in-state students.

20112012201320142015201620172018$0$10,000$20,000$30,000$40,000$50,000
Chart explanation
Chief Dull Knife College
On the blue curve, we see how the net annual cost to attend Chief Dull Knife College has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the net price for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Find your net price estimate: cdkc.edu...
Historic Annual Costs

See how this school's published costs have changed over the year, and how their cost trends compare with other private schools.

Published costs may have little to do with what you actually pay

It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.

Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare Chief Dull Knife College to other private schools within your chosen context group.

Undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
20112012201320142015201620172018$0$10,000$20,000$30,000$40,000
Chart explanation
Chief Dull Knife College
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend Chief Dull Knife College has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Current published costs

Here's a quick summary of costs to attend Chief Dull Knife College. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions.

Undergraduate costs
Charge
Annual fees
Annual tuition
Estimated books and supplies
Miscellaneous (living off campus)
Miscellaneous (living with family)
Off-campus room and board
Per-credit charges
Cost
$300
$1,960
$1,000
$4,000
$4,000
$5,400
$90
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Financial aid overview

Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:

  • Visit Chief Dull Knife College's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.

  • FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.

Applicants are notified of results on a rolling basis beginning September 1 and must respond within 4 weeks.

Required Forms

FAFSA

Business/Farm Supplement

Non-custodial Parent's Statement

Need-based Scholarships Available

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

State scholarships/grants

Institutional scholarships/grants

International Students
Chief Dull Knife College provides need-based aid in the form of state and other work-study aid, institutional tuition waivers, and institutional grants.
Campus overview
Crime at Chief Dull Knife College

Check out the number of disciplinary actions (implemented within the school) and arrests (implemented by law enforcement external to the school).

There are very few offenses classified as criminal at most schools. For clarity, we omitted statistics for the most rare crimes, such as murder or manslaughter, and combined sex-related crimes (whose precise names and definitions have changed over time) as well as burglaries and robberies.

Arrests
20102012201420162018012
Liquor Violations
Drug Violations
Weapon Possessions
Context: Arrests
0.00%0.55%0.00%0.00%0.20%0.40%0.60%Average number of arrests as a percentage of students
Criminal Offenses
2005201020152020012
Burglaries/Robberies
Sex Offenses
Vehicle Thefts
Aggrevated Assaults
Context: Criminal Offenses
0.418%0.150%0.000%0.000%0.000%0.100%0.200%0.300%0.400%0.500%Average number of criminal offenses as a percentage of students
No Student Housing Available

This school does not report any housing for students.

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School finances
Chief Dull Knife College: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality

Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.

Choose Classroom aspect
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Research spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student

Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.

200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$5,000$10,000$15,000$20,000$25,000
Chart explanation
Chief Dull Knife College
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Chief Dull Knife College have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does Chief Dull Knife College have stable finances?
You want to attend schools that can meet their annual expenses, and have other indicators of strong financial health.
Should this school's stability matter to you?

You can find a myriad of articles about the enrollment crises expected across US colleges and universities due to fewer births during the 2008 recession and other demographic shifts. The end result to you is that you need to protect your college investment by researching the financial stability of schools that you are considering. Many of our metrics are based on the excellent advice of Forbes' Financial Health Grades.

Ididio does not want to see you stuck with debt and no degree.

Choose budget aspect
Core operating margin
Net assets per student
Tuition dependence
Government appropriations
Context and trends: Core operating margin

The core operating margin is the percentage by which core revenues exceed (or, when negative, fall short of) core expenses, so higher is better here. This margin excludes finances for non-academic expenses such as housing, hospitals, or other independent operations. For schools with large endowments, this measure can be volitile from year-to-year without indicating concern because investment losses and gains are driving this figure, but if an institution's margin is trending downwards or consistently negative, you should be concerned.

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Chart explanation
Chief Dull Knife College
On the blue curve, we see how the core operating margin at Chief Dull Knife College have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the core operating margin for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Chief Dull Knife College is a private not-for-profit school. Along with publicly-controlled schools, not-for-profit schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category

We divided revenue and expenses for Chief Dull Knife College into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.

200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$5M$10M$15M$20M$25MRevenue$0$5M$10M$15M$20M$25MExpense
Auxiliary revenue
Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
Private and capital gifts
Other revenue
Auxilliary expenses
Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
Academic support expenses
Institutional support expenses
Research expenses
Public service expenses
Other expenses
The power of a large endowment

Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of Chief Dull Knife College's resources by selecting from the buttons below.

Choose which aspect of the school assets to view
Net Assets
Total Endowment
Endowment Growth Rate
Net Assets Per Student

Here we examine assets at Chief Dull Knife College in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.

There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.

$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Restricted net assets
Unrestricted net assets
Context: 2018 net assets per student
$77,374-$20,000$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000