USD reaches 10,000 students with 2010 enrollment

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Total enrollment at The University of South Dakota exceeds more than 10,000 students in 2010, a first for South Dakota’s flagship university. This fall’s total enrollment of 10,151students represents an increase of 5.5 percent from fall 2009.

Total headcount at South Dakota’s six public universities rose nearly 8 percent in 2010 to a new high of 36,440 students, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced. It’s the 13th straight year that South Dakota’s public university system has reported record-high enrollments.

“Part of the increase relates to our commitment to build a better South Dakota,” said James W. Abbott, president of The University of South Dakota. “Growth is always good, and we’re pleased about that, but it’s about investing in our students and providing them with the best possible resources at USD to ensure their academic and career success.”

Since 2003, total enrollment at USD has increased from 7,917 students to 10,151. The significant increase in total enrollment over the eight-year period can be attributed to various dynamics; and according to Jeff Baylor, vice president of marketing, enrollment and student services, innovative recruitment strategies, a dedicated faculty and  staff, as well as the generous contributions to scholarships through the USD Foundation are considerable factors.

“This is a very exciting time to be a Coyote,” added Baylor, who also cited support provided by the Board of Regents and their commitment to resource allocation as reasons for an increase in the student population. “We’re pleased with our enrollment growth and excited that we have been able to maintain a quality incoming freshman class. These students can count on us to provide them with a student experience that will empower their future.”