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USD Ranked No. 7 Military Friendly School

Photo of USD Flag. USD was ranked in the top 10 of Military Friendly Schools.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota has been ranked in the top 10 of “Military Friendly Schools” according to a ranking by Victory Media that seeks to measure educational quality for military members, veterans and their families.

USD was ranked no. 7 overall in the tier two research universities category. The ranking analyzed academic policies and compliance, admissions and orientations, culture and commitment and military student support and retention among a variety of measurements.

The Military Friendly Schools list seeks to measure a university’s commitment to providing not only opportunities for veterans, but those that lead to better outcomes.

Now in its 16th year, the Military Friendly Schools list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies, veteran students and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation. More than 1,300 schools participated in the 2017-2018 survey with 849 earning the designation.

To learn more about the resources available to veterans at USD, please visit the Student Veteran Resource Center.


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