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USD recognized for affordability, campus attractiveness

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota is one of the most attractive yet affordable college campuses in the United States, according to

Affordable Schools ranks USD No. 5 on its list of the Top 30 Most Attractive/Most Affordable Campuses in the Nation. Schools featured on the list had to be qualified as affordable – with one or both of tuition fees and total cost of attendance below the national average. Colleges and universities also needed to have campuses deemed to be attractive by Affordable Schools, including factors such as green spaces, views and architecturally significant buildings.

Affordable Schools praises USD for its affordability and aesthetics, stating “whether from in state or out of state, undergraduates will pay less than $20,000 for the total cost of attending during the 2014-15 school year" and "the 274-acre university grounds comfortably combine striking old and new structures.” Citing Old Main as well as the Wellness Center, Affordable Schools notes that USD's campus buildings are eye-catching and eco-friendly. The complete list, which features West Texas A&M University No. 1, can be found online at


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