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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 again one of the top-10 most-popular medical schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Schools appearing on the list are recognized for enrolling the highest percentage of accepted students – 74 percent or greater. SSOM ranked fifth among “10 Popular Med Schools for First-Year Students,” up two spots from last year. University of Kansas Medical Center topped the list.

“We continually strive toward excellence, and it is gratifying to see that our wonderful students recognize this and wish to take part in our tradition of producing world-class physicians,” said Mary Netttleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., dean of SSOM and USD’s vice president for Health Affairs.

U.S. News & World Report routinely recognizes The Sanford School of Medicine in its national lists. In March, the publication ranked the med school in its top 10 list for rural medicine—marking the fourth time in as many years the school has appeared on the list.

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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