USD Fall 2017 Enrollment Increases to Near Record Level

Photo of USD students. Fall 2017 enrollment increased to the second-highest fall headcount in USD history.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Fall 2017 enrollment at the University of South Dakota rose 2.2 percent to 10,261 students according to data released by the South Dakota Board of Regents. This increase represents the second-highest fall headcount in USD history.

“We are pleased that students and families continue to view the University of South Dakota as the best choice to continue their education,” said President James W. Abbott. “USD remains a leader–both in the state and regionally–in providing quality, affordable education through rigorous academic programs.”

Some key points about USD from the data:

  • Enrollment by South Dakota residents increased by 3.6 percent from last fall.
  • First-time freshman enrollment increased by 4.7 percent from last fall to 1,341 students.
  • While out-of-state enrollment was slightly down 0.3 percent, USD saw a 27.3 percent increase in new undergraduate Iowa enrollment this fall.
  • USD continues to become more diverse seeing a 4.7 percent increase in domestic minority students from Fall 2016.
  • The four-year graduation rate rose 1.3 percent for first-time, full-time, bachelor’s degree-seeking students.


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