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University of Sioux Falls is a private institution that was founded in 1883. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,165, its setting is city, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. University of Sioux Falls's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 32. Its tuition and fees are $23,740 (2012-13).
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The University of Sioux Falls is a Christian institution in the liberal arts tradition. The Institution holds accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It also holds professional accreditation for specified degree areas to ensure program integrity and credibility. The University embraces it's extensive assessment system as a means to closely monitor student outcomes, thus leading to a continuous cycle of instructional and institutional improvement. The University has remained committed to the value of student/professor collaboration in research and are currently holding our 4th annual conference. The University has vibrant programs at the Bachelor's, Master's and Education al Specialist degree levels. The University offers professional development, credit-bearing workshops to many educators in the region. It also offers unique adult learner programs at the Bachelor's degree level. A robust process of strategic planning by the University has inspired the development of enhanced admissions standards, a new and comprehensive approach to marketing and recruitment, and expanded student-retention efforts. The University is now a member of NCAA Division II and that holds potential for advancing the University and providing expanded opportunity for research and collaboration reaching far beyond just athletic motivations. Students and staff at USF find that we are a community of Christian persons who care about each other. Students get to know their faculty on a more personal basis because of the smaller class size. The University boasts a 96% placement rate for the previous year's graduating class. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program (consisting of USF faculty and accounting students) assists low-income and disabled taxpayers throughout the tax season. USF is now a member of the SculptureWalk network in Sioux Falls, becoming the first university in the country to have a program of this kind. The campus will be home to 11 new sculptures each year. USF also has a campus Safety Office that has been recognized as 15th best in the nation by Security Magazine. On a final note, the University exists within a progressive community. Sioux Falls boasts a vibrant medical and business environment in which the University has reaped advantages of partnering with the community and region it serves. The unprecedented emergence of the University as a strong institution of higher learning has mirrored the positive growth of the community and region in which it exists. The University continues to aggressively pursue its mission. More specifically expressed, "The University of Sioux Falls, a Christian university in the liberal arts tradition, educates students in the humanities, sciences, and professions. The traditional motto of the University of Sioux Falls, is "Culture for Service", that is, it seeks to foster academic excellence and the development of mature Christian persons for service to God and humankind in the world.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||American Baptist|
When applying to University of Sioux Falls, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 72.8 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||72.8%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||September 1|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Sioux Falls is 17:1, and the school has 61.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Sioux Falls include: Organizational Behavior Studies; Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Psychology, General; and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.8 percent.
University of Sioux Falls has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,165, with a gender distribution of 44.9 percent male students and 55.1 percent female students. At this school, 54.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46.0 percent of students live off campus. University of Sioux Falls is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
University of Sioux Falls offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. University of Sioux Falls also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Sioux Falls, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Sioux Falls.
|Students who have cars on campus||75%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At University of Sioux Falls, 81.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $11,257.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$23,740 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$6,790 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data