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USD Among Top Recreation Centers at Small Colleges

Image USD Wellness Center USD's Wellness Center is ranked sixth among small colleges by Great Value Colleges.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota has been ranked among the top 20 great recreation centers at small colleges by Great Value Colleges. USD ranked sixth.

The centers were selected and ranked based on total number of points for several criteria: affordability; awards and recognition; and notable features.

"It's exciting for our wellness center to be included in this ranking," said Kim Grieve, Ph.D., vice president and dean of student services. "USD has so much to offer, from world-class academics to state-of-the-art facilities. We're extremely proud of the quality of student life here at USD and the opportunities available to our students both in and out of the classroom."

USD's Wellness Center is an $11 million state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with a 38-foot rock wall with nine rope stations, TRX studios, racquetball courts, cycling room, elevated track and cutting-edge workout equipment. It was the 2012 winner of the Innovative Architecture & Design Award from Recreation Management Magazine and the 2013 winner of the Outstanding Sports Facility Award from National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. The center also offers students various programs aimed to establish healthy lifestyles, including "The Biggest Loser" and a Hyper Fit Boot Camp.

Great Value Colleges is a premier website that assists students in finding the best degree, school, career options and resources for a chosen degree and career. From program rankings to degree offerings by state, Great Value Colleges helps students get the best possible education for their money. The site addresses relevant topics, answers frequently asked questions, and offers tips and information related to the entire process. (Link to the full article.)


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
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