USD Sanford Medical School Applications Surge

Image Health Science Center The Health Science Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., that hosts the administrative center for the USD Sanford School of Medicine.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Applications for enrollment into the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine have reached 859, a 10-year high and an 89 percent increase since 2013.

While out-of-state applications typically outnumber in-state applications, the medical school emphasizes admission to South Dakotans, and 93 percent of the students currently enrolled in the institution are from the Mount Rushmore State.
In 2015, the medical school formally adopted an expanded class size, and admissions were increased to 69 plus the option of accepting two students from the “Indians Into Medicine” program based in North Dakota. The 69 includes the possible admission of two students in each class who combine an M.D. degree with a Ph.D. degree. In 2011, the medical school admitted 54 students. It is expected that 71 students will be starting the program in July.
South Dakota’s only medical school has attracted national attention for its programs that connect physicians to rural practice, and its community-based teaching is considered a highly effective approach to educating physicians.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


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