A small, Baptist liberal arts institution, the University of Sioux Falls had its earliest stirrings in 1872, when nine Baptist churches in what was then the Dakota Territory announced the intention of starting a Baptist college. It would take over a decade, until 1883, for that plan to take shape, but the University of Sioux Falls has now spent over a century providing the kind of Christian influence and educational excellence its founders envisioned. Today, USF is regionally accredited, with many individual programs independently accredited as well, and trusted throughout the Northern Plains region.
Academic ProgramsUSF is committed to traditional liberal arts instruction, with a deeply rooted foundation in the classical arts and sciences providing the basis for all of the university’s academic and professional studies. In addition, USF is a dedicated Christian university, infusing Christian faith, values, and service into every aspect of the curriculum. USF’s 14:1 student:faculty ratio provides students with the opportunity to not only learn from, but work alongside their professors, and that kind of preparation is what helps give USF graduates a six-month job placement rate of 98%.
Undergraduate students can choose from more than 40 traditional majors and degree programs, while adult students have four degree completion programs (and growing). Adult and distance education is one of the most exciting aspects of USF’s growth, with numerous professional development, degree completion programs, and master’s degrees offered fully online. USF is also the home of a new nursing school, funded with a $2 million Department of Education grant, which is quickly growing into one of the most promising in the region.
Student LifeThe University of Sioux Falls’ 1500 students come from a wide variety of Christian denominations, and while the university retains its historical Baptist affiliation, it is independent and open to any Christian heritage. Campus Ministry is a fundamental part of student life at USF, engaged in every aspect of the university, from community service to student activities, and students take part in weekly chapel, prayer and bible studies, worship teams, and other religious activities.
Students can also find activities in more than 100 student-led clubs, organizations, and honor societies, from professional development to a brutal game of pingpong. Many official on-campus activities, from Poetry Night to Nerf Wars, keep students busy on their off hours, while intramural sports and fitness options keep students fit. The USF Cougers compete in 16 men’s and women’s sports as part of the NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, with an emphasis not only on winning, but on responsible citizenship and academic excellence.