University of Sioux Falls Admissions

Jordan Hall at the University of Sioux Falls
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With an acceptance rate of 92%, the University of Sioux Falls is largely accessible to those who apply each year. Interested students will need to submit an application, which can be found on the school's website. Additional required materials include high school transcripts and scores from either the SAT or the ACT. 

Admissions Data (2015)

  • University of Sioux Falls Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Scores:
      • SAT Critical Reading: 470 / 550
      • SAT Math: 440 / 540
      • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Scores:
      • ACT Composite: 20 / 25
      • ACT English: 19 / 25
      • ACT Math: 20 / 26

University of Sioux Falls Description

In the early 1880s, a delegation of area Baptist churches chartered an institution of higher learning, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, originally calling it the Dakota College Institute. Throughout the coming years, the school merged with neighboring colleges, lost and regained accreditation, and went through various other changes; the University of Sioux Falls now offers 40 undergraduate degrees and a handful of graduate degrees to its students. Outside of the classroom, students can take part in over 100 student-run clubs and organizations, ranging from the academic to the recreational. On the athletic front, the USF Cougars compete in the NCAA Division II, in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. 

Enrollment (2014)

  • Total Enrollment: 1,482 (1,224 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
  • 82% Full-time

Costs (2015 - 16)

  • Tuition and Fees: $26,240
  • Textbooks: $950
  • Room and Board: $6,900
  • Other Expenses: $3,510
  • Total Cost: $37,600

University of Sioux Falls Financial Aid (2014 - 15)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 77%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,011
    • Loans: $9,095

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Accounting, Nursing, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Criminal Justice, Biology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 72%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 37%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Basketball, Track, and Field, Cross Country, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis

University of Sioux Falls Mission Statement

The University of Sioux Falls, a Christian University in the liberal arts tradition, educates students in the humanities, sciences, and professions. The traditional motto of the University is Culture for Service, that is, we seek to foster academic excellence and the development of mature Christian persons for service to God and humankind in the world...
USF is committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to the integration of biblical faith and learning; it affirms that Christians are called to share their faith with others through lives of service. The University is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A., and welcomes students of any faith or denomination.
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