When you graduate from the University of Sioux Falls, you will be prepared to land your dream job or gain entry into graduate school, but more importantly, you’ll become a lifelong learner and leave USF with a versatile skill set cultivated from our liberal arts curriculum that will benefit you not just in your career, but in life.

Since 1883, we've been opening doors for alumni. Our multifaceted curriculum and committed faculty and staff whose devotion to our Christian mission of academic excellence and service leadership creates a powerful combination that empowers graduates to do more and be more.

Yes, you'll graduate with career knowledge. You'll also gain experiences that will transform your life. It's why our graduates tell us it's "who" they become that they value most from their USF education.

It's also why our alumni are our biggest fans, our strongest advocates and, most importantly, our proudest accomplishments.

Alumni are also encouraged to utilize Career Services any time to assist them with graduate and professional school applications and interviews, resources for promotions and job advancements, and navigating career shifts and more.

Graduate Success Statistics

99% of graduates pursue graduate studies or secure employment within six months of graduation.

22% of graduates enroll in graduate or professional schools.

Each year Career Services staff surveys USF's graduating class to assess students' post-graduation activities. View the Undergraduate Class of 2023 Graduate Outcome Report that includes the following highlights:

  • 100% placement rates for the Class of 2023 in over three-fourths of USF’s majors.
  • 99% of 2023 grads were either employed or attending graduate or professional school within 6 months of graduation.
  • 22% of 2023 grads enrolled in graduate or professional schools.
  • 83% of 2023 grads started their careers in South Dakota.
  • 93% of 2023 grads that found employment in South Dakota lived in Sioux Falls or within a 30 mile radius.
  • 100 graduate programs nationwide enrolled USF graduates in the past four years.
  • Results were equally as impressive for USF graduate degree programs, M.Ed., MBA and Ed.S. The same study found 100% of graduates were either employed or attending further schooling within 6 months of graduation, and a 95% response rate to the survey was achieved.


Cougar Careers
Cougar Careers through Symplicity is USF's jobs and internships database where over 2,500 full- and part-time jobs, internships and careers are posted annually for students and alumni to access. It has powerful tools and numerous ways for you to connect with students and alumni.

This modern and intuitive platform connects employers and USF talent -- current students AND alumni -- to full- and part-time job openings, competitive internships and so much more. Students and alumni can upload their resumes and build a profile to showcase their capabilities, and employers can post jobs and internships and so much more!  LEARN MORE

Get That Job, Even When No One is Hiring
Sarah (DeVries) Kurtenbach'09, Founder of the KB Group and moveHer.co offers helpful advice and resources when searching for employment. Sarah graduated from USF during the recession and the job she lined up emailed her the weekend before she was supposed to start to say they could no longer hire her. She was in a new city with no job, no money, no connections and applying for the same jobs as people with 25+ years of experience. This workshop is focused on her 6-Step Plan to Get That Job. She shares details about each step and how she used it to get an incredible job at a Facebook Tech company that totally launched her career in digital marketing and technology. Watch the Recording

Let's Get to Work Series
The staff from USF Career Services gives important information and techniques on adjusting your job search in these virtual Events.

Searching & Networking | Watch the Recording
During this workshop, we focus on the job search and networking.

Let's Get to Work How to adjust your job search during a recession. Hosted by USF Career Services August 4 at 12 p.m.

Resumes & Interviews | Watch the Recording
During this workshop, we focus on how to help you stand out on paper AND in person by discussing resumes and interviews.

Let's Get to Work How to adjust your job search during a recession. Hosted by USF Career Services August 11 at 12 p.m.

Careers of Recent USF Graduates

  • Accountant
  • Amachi Case Specialist
  • Assistant Executive Director
  • Assistant Trust Officer
  • Athletic Director
  • Autism Interventionist
  • Business Owner
  • Clinical Research Manager
  • Creative Content Coordinator
  • Director of Resource Development
  • Director of Sales
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Crime Specialist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Health Facilities Supervisor
  • Home Loan Specialist
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Internet Marketing Specialist
  • Managing Analyst II
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Mental Health Associate
  • Music Pastor
  • Music Teacher
  • News Producer
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Operations Manager
  • Paramedic
  • Patrol Officer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pitch F/X Operator for the Colorado Rockies
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Project Manager Consultant
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Purchasing Director
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Research Specialist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Senior Manager
  • Senior Underwriting Associate
  • Senior Operations Manager
  • Senior Program Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Store Manager
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Tax Associate
  • Team Leader of Operations
  • VP of National Sales Compliance
  • Youth Counselor
  • Youth Director
  • Youth Minister

Top Graduate and Professional Schools for USF Alumni

Medical-Related Programs:
  • 21st Century Oncology
  • Augsburg College
  • Creighton University
  • Des Moines University
  • Howard University College of Dentistry
  • Kansas University School of Medicine
  • Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • South Dakota State University
  • Union College
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  •  St. Scholastica
Law Programs:
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Saint Thomas
  • University of South Dakota
  • Texas Tech University
Theology Programs:
  • Baylor University - Truett Theological Seminary
  • Duke Divinity School
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • American Military University
  • Arizona State University
  • California State University
  • Minnesota State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • San Jose State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of California
  • University of Denver
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • University of St. Catherine's
  • Villanova University
  • University of Groningen
  • Marymount University
  • John Hopkins University
  • Capella University
  • Grand Canyon University

Top Sioux Falls Employers of USF Students

  • Area school districts
  • Area churches
  • Avera McKennan Hospital and Avera Health
  • Financial Institutions
  • Sanford Health
  • Social Work/Behavioral Health Institutions
  • State of South Dakota

Recent Internships of USF Students

All City Pet CareAthletico Physical TherapyAvera Behavioral Health
Avera Cancer ServicesAvera McKennan Fitness CenterAvera McKennan Orthopedic Institute
Avera Outpatient TherapyBethany HomeBethany Reformed Church
Capital Card Services, Inc.Celebrate Community ChurchCentral Baptist Church
Central ChurchChildren's Home SocietyCity Church Sioux Falls
Community Reformed ChurchCostello PorterEide Bailly, LLP
Feeding South DakotaFirst Baptist ChurchForged Strength
Great Plains Chiropractic ClinicGreater Sioux Falls Chamber of CommerceHofer, Humpal, & Hadler L.C.
IFAM CapitalJane Rae EventsKeller Williams Realty
Knight EnterprisesLifescapeMurray and Murray Law Office
Mutual of OmahaNGL Energy Partners LPNorthwestern Mutual
Oak Hills Baptist ChurchOrthopedic Institute PerformancePrairie Rehabilitation
Presentation SistersRally Digital LLCReach Literacy
Reliabank DakotaSanford HealthSanford Power
Sioux Falls Art CouncilSioux Falls ChiropracticSioux Falls First Church
Sioux Falls StampedeSioux Falls StormSoutheastern Behavioral Healthcare
Special Olympics South DakotaState of SD - Department of CorrectionsThe Point is to Serve
Tre MinistriesUS BankWeisser Distributing
WellmarkWhite House Internship ProgramWoltman Group

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