University Of Sioux Falls

University Of Sioux Falls

University of Sioux Falls, commonly referred to as USF, is a private, Christian, liberal arts institute. The university is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States. USF was established on 8th September, 1883, as the Dakota Collegiate Institute. A wide variety of academic programs are available at USF. Along with associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees, the university also offers pre-professional study programs. Students can opt for courses in the fields of education, business, arts, humanities, media studies, and sciences.

University of Sioux Falls is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division III, and the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The university has several varsity athletics teams and the students participate in sports such as soccer, volleyball, golf, track, basketball, and cross country. USF's sports teams are nicknamed the Cougars, and their mascot is Cooper the Cougar.

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University of Sioux Falls
1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls , SD 57105-1699
General Phone: (605) 331-5000

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University of Sioux Falls Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management117business management, accounting, accounting and management, organizational behavior
Education and Teaching113educational administration, superintendency and administration, instructional media design, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, music teaching, reading teaching
Liberal Arts35English, liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities, social services, political science, sociology, history
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy25sports and fitness management, exercise science
Science19biology, chemistry
Security and Law Enforcement17criminal justice and safety
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy and religious studies, pre-ministerial studies, youth ministry
Family and Social Work11child development, social work
Media9communication studies, mass communication
Therapy and Counseling6psychology
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science, computer science
Medical Support and Technology2radiation therapist, clinical lab tech
Art Studies2art studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine1EMT paramedic
Medicine0health professions

Number of programs and degrees for University of Sioux Falls in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree26235
Master's degree1085
Post-master's certificate121
Associate's degree04

University of Sioux Falls Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of Sioux Falls had a total enrollment of 1,628 students (1,401 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 25%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 96%
Black 2%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 20%
20-21 24%
22-24 20%
25-29 11%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%

University of Sioux Falls Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %

University of Sioux Falls Room and Board (2007)

University of Sioux Falls offers campus housing for 636 of its 1,401 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Sioux Falls, South Dakota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Dakota Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

University of Sioux Falls Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480630
SAT Math450580
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT3%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT97%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

University of Sioux Falls Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 19,325
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 19,325
Room and board $ 6,375
Room charge $ 2,640
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,250
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 3,000

Financial Aid:
University of Sioux Falls participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 346900)

University of Sioux Falls Faculty

University of Sioux Falls has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1712
Non-tenured and not on tenure track73

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$65,7473$65,589
Associate professoracademic year13$53,9189$53,606
Assistant professoracademic year17$45,02116$46,966
Instructoracademic year4$41,0931*
All faculty totalacademic year39$50,24129$50,888

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University of Sioux Falls Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Plains Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Plains Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Plains Athletic Conference
Track Great Plains Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4077117

University of Sioux Falls Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Business/Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Superintendency and Educational System Administration

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
Youth Ministry

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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