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Beacom School of Business graduates score top 3 percent in national exam

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Graduating seniors from the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business scored in the 97th percentile in a national exam for business school graduates. In a test administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) of Princeton, N.J., USD scored a new institutional high, 163.9 scaled score, putting the students in the top 3 percent.

“Doing well on this exam is one of the core goals at the Beacom School of Business,” said Michael Keller, J.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “We believe that a nationally-administered exam tells us how we are doing on enterprise skills comparative to other schools and other students. We are extremely proud of achieving such an outstanding grade.”

Fifteen USD students scored in the 97th to 99th percentile while an additional 19 students scored in the 90th percentile of the 124 multiple-choice exam that’s utilized to measure basic skills and evaluates students’ abilities to analyze and solve problems, understand relationships and interpret material. Overall, 121 USD students took the ETS exam, which is administered annually by more than 400 colleges and universities in the United States. Ninety-nine of the 121 scored at the national average or above.

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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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 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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Hanna DeLange
USD News