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Washington Post Ranks USD Among Fastest-Growing Flagship Universities

The Washington Post ranks the University of South Dakota as one of the fastest-growing flagship universities in the nation in undergraduate enrollment, up 48 percent from 2000 to 7,633 students 2013.

The Post said the ranking, which put the University of Alabama atop the list at 92 percent growth since 2000, is based on an analysis of federal data from fall 2013 enrollment. Scott Pohlson, vice president of Marketing, Enrollment and University Relations at USD, credits the majority of the school’s growth in online students in its listing as the seventh-fastest-growing flagship. However, USD has also seen a 16-percent increase in Vermillion-based first-time, full-time enrollment since going Division I in 2006, he said.

"USD is on the rise in more than one area and our nearly $270 million dollars in campus improvements all focused on improving the student experience has a lot to do with that rise. I was amazed by what USD had to offer after growing up in Iowa and I think we are starting to see our investments payoff in terms of students being attracted to USD," Pohlson said.


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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News