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Affordable Colleges Online says mathematics at USD adds up for students looking for a quality math

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Mathematics at the University of South Dakota adds up to a good investment for prospective students, according to Affordable Colleges Online., an online tool used to help students find affordable college options, recently launched a new ranking: “AC Online: Most Affordable Mathematics Colleges: Plains Region.” USD’s Department of Mathematics was recognized for providing a high quality mathematics education at an affordable price and made the list for carrying a net price (tuition + fees) of $12,961, as reported by IPEDS.

The study, which reviewed mathematical colleges, found USD as the third most affordable in the Plains Region, behind Wichita State University, $8,079; and South Dakota State University, $12,815; and ahead of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, $13,108; and North Dakota State University, $13,284.

“I was very pleased with the recognition,” said Dan Van Peursem, chair, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences at USD. “I always knew we had dedicated faculty that provide an excellent education for our students at a very competitive price. Now we received some recognition for this fact which is always nice.”

Criteria used in the mathematics college rankings were fully-accredited institutions, net price (tuition + fees) and institutions that have at least one doctoral program in mathematics. Affordable Colleges Online selected schools that have quality mathematics programs because mathematics remains a fulcrum of post-secondary success in the United States, serving as both a component and the backbone of S.T.E.M. education. For more about the methodology or to view the complete list, 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 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