USD College of Arts & Sciences Reaches its $11 Million Onward Campaign Goal

Matt Moen Matthew C. Moen, dean of USD's College of Arts & Sciences

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota's College of Arts & Sciences has reached its Onward Campaign goal of $11.35 million several years ahead of schedule, the USD Foundation said Thursday.

"We are so very thankful to the more than 1,700 donors to Arts & Sciences who, with their gifts both large and small, have helped us reach this benchmark," said Matthew C. Moen, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. "The gifts will provide students with scholarships and enriching educational experiences, and it will help Arts & Sciences build a world-class faculty."

USD Foundation President Steve Brown said an $11.35 million goal for the college, one of USD's eight schools and colleges, was set in 2011 during a feasibility study. More than $11.5 million already has been raised. "We are pleased to announce this step as a sign of progress toward achieving our overall Onward Campaign goal of $250 million," Brown said. "We're enjoying our partnership with Arts & Sciences, the heart of liberal arts education at USD."

Fundraising for Arts & Sciences continues because the needs are so great across its 16 academic departments and as part of the ongoing effort to realize the overall goals set by USD and the USD Foundation, Moen said.

"We pause briefly to savor the moment," Brown said. "But we continue to move Onward."


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News