University of Sioux Falls

The University of Sioux Falls (USF) is a private, Christian liberal arts university located in Sioux Falls, S.D., a city consistently ranked high for business and economic development, safety and best place to live and raise a family. USF offers more than 80 undergraduate academic programs and the following graduate and adult-learning offerings: accelerated nursing, degree completion program, education specialist, masters in business administration, masters in education, RN-to-BSN and joint doctorate in leadership with the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. USF is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of College and Schools ( USF also holds professional accreditation for specified degree areas to ensure program integrity and credibility, and the University maintains membership in the South Dakota Association of Independent Colleges, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of South Dakota Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. USFs intentional learning environment is led by a faculty dedicated to developing the whole person and providing students opportunities to learn and thrive both inside and outside the classroom. Small class sizes and a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio help facilitate such mentoring opportunities. Through transformative curriculum, monitored by an extensive assessment system to ensure positive student outcomes, and offerings like our Honors Program, January interim service trips, study-abroad semesters and an annual Undergraduate Research Conference, students discover their career calling at USF. Each year 98 percent of our graduates find satisfying employment in their fields of interest within 6 months of graduation. USFs traditional motto 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. Whether it is a service project in Sioux Falls, an opportunity to mentor a local child or a service trip to an international orphanage, our Culture for Service motto is lived out daily by members of the USF community to serve as loving, responsible individuals who work well with others to impact the world. That is why our students mature personally, spiritually and intellectually during their academic tenures at USF, and our alumni leave their footprints worldwide to glorify God. Furthermore, USFs robust strategic planning process is steered by data-driven input that continues to lead USFs Board of Trustees and administrators progressive decisions. Most recently USF has enhanced admission standards to boost retention and ensure high academic standards, rebranded the University and employed multi-channel marketing to meet future and current students expectations for recruitment and engagement, joined the NCAA Division II to expand the Universitys reach not only in athletics but also in academic pursuits and increased the Universitys physical footprint by purchasing 80 plus acres of land, home to the USF Sports Complex.

Academic Grad Slug

School Details

school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Coed 1883 N/A 4-1-4 $25.2 million 1101 W. 22nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (800) 888-1047
overall score total score state city online paying global
49 100.0 South Dakota Sioux Falls 107 123