SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -

Officials at the University of Sioux Falls say 1,530 students are enrolled in classes this fall. That is a 3 percent increase from fall 2015, and the highest enrollment number since 2009.

“We’re very pleased with our fall numbers,” said President Mark Benedetto. “It’s an exciting time to be a student on USF’s campus with many new changes taking place, including the construction of our $11.7 million, 188-bed residence hall and the launch of USF360, a unique campus-wide initiative geared to equip students to lead transformational change in our region, nation and world. We are authentically committed to educating and preparing the whole person – personally, spiritually and intellectually – for not just a successful career but for a successful life that will benefit God’s kingdom.”

USF reports a 98 percent placement rate and a 100 percent placement rate in almost three-fourths of its academic majors.

University official say every freshman receives merit, performance or need-based financial aid, and the average net cost per new student is just $10,640.

Aimee Vander Feen, director of enrollment management, adds that USF’s personalized student experience is something many students desire.
“With a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students are able to get to know their professors on a personal level,” said Vander Feen. “This, along with the personalized campus-life experience, brings great value to USF students and their parents.”