USD’s affordability ranked one of nation’s best for out-of-state students by U.S. News

VERMILLION, S.D. -- When it comes to tuition and fees for out-of-state students, The University of South Dakota is one of the nation’s most affordable public colleges, according to the U.S. News and World Report.

While many students assume the financial relief comes by looking at colleges close to home, the data released by U.S. News shows that there are schools that offer competitive out-of-state tuition packages that rival many universities’ in-state offerings.

In an analysis of data reported by U.S. News, USD ranked in the top 10 of least expensive public schools for out-of-state students for the 2010-11 school year. Among the 452 public institutions surveyed for their undergraduate programs, the average for out-of-state students was $16,678. USD’s average of $8,259 (tuition and fees) cut that in half making it one of the least expensive public universities for out-of-state students.

New Mexico Highlands University is the nation’s least expensive public school for out-of-state students ($4,632) followed by Minnesota State University-Moorhead ($6,918) and Minot State University ($7,047). Of the top 10 schools ranked by U.S. News, eight are located in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The five military academies, which charge $0 in tuition and fees in return for postgraduate service, were excluded.

Criteria in selecting the nation’s least expensive public schools for out-of-state students was based on a U.S. News survey of more than 1,700 colleges and universities for the publication’s 2010 survey of undergraduate programs. Schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body. While U.S. News uses most of this data to rank schools for its annual Best Colleges rankings; the data can also be used for other lists. For more information or to view the complete list, please visit


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