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Beacom Recognizes Top 100 High Achievers

Photo of top 100 beacom students. The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business recognized 100 students for superior academic achievement.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business recognized 100 students for superior academic achievement at the fall Academic Excellence Luncheon on Nov. 1.

Students were selected based on grade point average achieved in the spring 2017 semester. 29 seniors, 30 juniors, 27 sophomores, and 14 freshmen were honored for grade point averages ranging from 3.813 to 4.0. From the Top 100 high achieving students, 93 recorded a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

“Beacom students are talented and we are so proud of their accomplishments. This event is the perfect opportunity to publicly honor and recognize our students specifically for their academic achievements,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business.

Alexis Konstant, class of 2011 Beacom graduate and Licensed Broker Associate for Lloyd Companies spoke to the students about a path to real-world success.

Download a photo of the top 100 Beacom students.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


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
USD News