SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — University of Sioux Falls has much to celebrate this month. Last Friday marked national Census Day for universities across the nation, and USF reported record highs in enrollment. And this week, the liberal arts institution is celebrating its 140-year anniversary.

This fall USF welcomes its largest first-time freshman class ever of 308 new students. Also, its largest-ever full-time undergraduate population of 1,164 students is underway with its studies. 

“USF has a long-standing history of providing high quality education – 140 years to be exact. Today more than ever I think students and their families value the personal and engaging education USF offers them, and understand how it sets them up for success, both professionally and in life. These enrollment numbers demonstrate that,” said USF President Brett Bradfield.

“Our professors get to know students on a personal level and serve as their mentors and advocates,” said Aimee Vander Feen, vice president for enrollment management. “This, along with the personalized campus experience, brings great value to USF students.”

Additionally, one-hundred percent of first-time, full-time freshmen at USF receive merit, performance or need-based financial aid.

With strength of vision as a distinctively Christian institution, the University confidently continues to help students grow as they gain the necessary technical and critical thinking skills for today’s careers. 

“USF strives to provide students with exceptional opportunities, both during their time at the University and after,” President Bradfield said. “We actively seek productive partnerships and take pride in our participation within the city, state and region that support our existence. Our goal is always to seek out and find new ways to provide even more value to our students. We continue working to build relationships with local and regional employers for our students and graduates.”

Graduates of USF’s undergraduate and graduate programs both report an impressive 99% placement rate, which means they began employment in their chosen field or continued studies within six months of graduation.

High school students can sign up for a Campus Preview Day this fall:

• Friday, September 22

• Friday, October 20

• Friday, November 10

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