Sanford School of Medicine one of nation’s ‘most popular’ according to U.S. News data

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota is one of the nation’s most popular medical schools, according to the U.S. News and World Report.

In an analysis of yield data by U.S. News, the Sanford School of Medicine ranked as the seventh most popular medical school with a yield percentage of 76.1 percent. A school’s yield is percentage of admitted students who opt to enroll in the program. At USD, 54 of the 71 accepted students chose to attend the school in the academic year beginning in 2010. The University of Kansas Medical Center ranked No. 1 on the list with a yield percentage of 82.2 percent, topping the University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine (81.6 percent).

The Sanford School of Medicine ranked slightly ahead of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine (74.4 percent), the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine (73.9 percent) and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (73.1 percent).

Criteria in selecting the nation’s most popular medical schools was based on a U.S. News survey of more than 140 medical schools for the publication’s 2010 survey of research and primary care programs. Schools self-reported data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body. U.S. News uses most of this data to rank schools for its annual Best Medical Schools rankings; the data can also be used for other lists.

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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 198 undergraduate and 79 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 more than 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hailie Warren
USD News