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USD Enrollment Grows in New Freshmen

The number of first-time, full-time freshmen at the University of South Dakota is up about 4 percent this fall compared to last year, President James W. Abbott said Tuesday, but overall enrollment is flat.

USD has a headcount of 9,971 students this fall, compared to 10,061 in Fall 2014, a change of less than 1 percent. Despite having slightly fewer students, the number of credit hours being taught is up.

“We’re down in part-time students and up in full-time,” Abbott said. “We’d like all the part-time students we can get, but the reality is we have more full-time students this year, and we’re very happy about it.”

The new freshman class also contributed to a 16 percent growth in the USD honors program, he said.

USD, which has South Dakota’s largest Graduate School, saw a 17 percent increase in the number of students graduating with master’s and doctor’s degrees last school year, resulting in a slightly smaller graduate population this year. Growth was noted in the Beacom School of Business, School of Health Sciences, Law School and the USD Sanford School of Medicine.


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