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USD honored as a Military Friendly School by national publication

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota has been honored by G.I. Jobs as a Military Friendly School for the second consecutive year. G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, designated USD as a 2013 Military Friendly School – a list that honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Military Friendly School and proud of the steps we have taken to help the increasing number of student veterans or active military personnel choosing to enroll at the University of South Dakota,” stated Kimberly Grieve, dean of students. “As an institution, it is our goal to do our best to accommodate those who have served and continue to serve our country.”

The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s Military Friendly School list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. USD makes the list by providing veteran students with assistance through the USD Veterans Club, the Fides Grant for staff and faculty development at USD, in-state tuition waivers, special policies for deployment, streamlined registration, the Student Veteran Resource Center, a military transitions course and the AmeriCorps National Grant from the Colorado Campus Compact as well as scholarships and discounts.

The 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology and criteria for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country. A detailed list of Military Friendly Schools is highlighted in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools” and on a poster, both of which are distributed to active and former military personnel. The complete list is available online at

About G.I. Jobs
G.I. Jobs ( is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.”


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