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USD to Honor First-Generation Students

VERMILLION – The University of South Dakota will celebrate first-generation students Thursday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Muenster University Center Pit Lounge.

Attendants can engage in interactive first-generation trivia, write notes of encouragement and contribute to building a brochure depicting the first-generation student experience by sharing their feedback. Those who participate in a first-generation survey, will have a chance to win a raffle prize.

At USD, roughly 1,700 students identify as the first in their family to go to college. Between 300-400 students in each incoming class are first-generation students. According to the Center for First-Generation Student Success, about 33 percent of college students are the first in their family to attend.


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.