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USD Sanford School of Medicine is one of nation’s most popular medical schools

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (SSOM) is one of the top-ten most-popular medical schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Schools appearing on the list were recognized for enrolling the highest percentage of accepted students – 74 percent or greater. SSOM ranked seventh, ahead of the University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the University of Kansas Medical Center topped the list.

“The USD Sanford School of Medicine is proud of our medical students and pleased that they in turn think so highly of us. The School’s accomplishments and high national standing are a direct result of having great students,” said Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., dean of the Sanford School of Medicine and vice president of health affairs at USD.

This is the third time in recent months that the Sanford School of Medicine has been ranked nationally. In May, the American Academy of Family Physicians named the School to its top-ten list for producing family physicians, and in March, U.S. News & World Report ranked the med school in its top ten list for rural medicine.

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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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 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