University of Sioux Falls

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1101 W. 22nd Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Phone: (605) 331-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#35 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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University of Sioux Falls is a private institution that was founded in 1883. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,194, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. University of Sioux Falls's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 35. Its tuition and fees are $24,550 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Sioux Falls is a private,Christian liberal arts university located in Sioux Falls, SD, a city consistently ranked high for business and economic development, safety, and best place to live and raise a family. USF offers 37 undergraduate majors, 9 pre-professional undergraduate programs and many graduate and adult-learning opportunities including accelerated nursing, degree completion program, education specialist, masters in business administration and in education, RN to BSN, and joint doctorate in leadership with the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. The Institution is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( USF also holds professional accreditation for specified degree areas of the institution to ensure program integrity and credibility. USF also maintains membership in several consortia,including SD Association of Independent Colleges, Council of Independent Colleges, Association of SD Colleges and Universities, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education , Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and MINITEX, a consortium of libraries. USF's intentional learning environment is led by a faculty dedicated to developing "the whole person" and providing students opportunities to learn and thrive both inside and outside the classroom. Small class sizes and a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio help facilitate such mentoring opportunities. Through transformative curriculum, monitored by an extensive assessment system to ensure positive student outcomes, and offerings like our Honors Program, January Interim service trips, study-abroad semesters and an annual Undergraduate Research Conference, students discover their career calling at USF. Each year 96 percent of our graduates find satisfying employment in their fields within 6 month of graduation. USF's traditional motto is Culture for Service; that is, we seek to foster academic excellence and the development of mature Christian persons for service to God and humankind in the world. Whether it is a service project in Sioux Falls, an opportunity to mentor a local child or a service trip to a Jamaican orphanage, our Culture for Service motto is lived out daily by members of the USF community to serve as loving, responsible individuals who work well with others to impact the world. That is why our students mature personally, spiritually and intellectually during their academic tenures at USF, and our alumni leave their footprints worldwide to glorify God. USF's robust strategic planning process is steered by data-driven input that continues to lead USF's Board of Trustees' and administrators' progressive decisions. Most recently USF has enhanced admission standards to boost retention and ensure high academic standards, rebranded the University and employed multi-channel marketing to meet future and current students' expectations for recruitment and engagement, joined the NCAA Division II to expand the University's reach not only in athletics but also in academic pursuits, and increased the University's physical footprint by purchasing 80 plus acres of land, home to the USF Sports Complex.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1883
Religious affiliation American Baptist
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting city
2012 Endowment $20,977,493


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 55.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 55.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Sioux Falls is 15:1, and the school has 60.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Sioux Falls include: Organizational Behavior Studies; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Elementary Education and Teaching; Business Administration and Management, General; and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 34%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Organizational Behavior Studies 15%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 13%
Elementary Education and Teaching 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 10%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 8%

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Student Life

University of Sioux Falls has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,194, with a gender distribution of 44.8 percent male students and 55.2 percent female students. At this school, 60 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 40 percent of students live off campus. University of Sioux Falls is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,505
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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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

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Paying for School

At University of Sioux Falls, 78.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $11,666.

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Tuition and fees $24,550 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,900 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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