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University of Sioux Falls: Narrative Description


1101 West 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-1699
Tel: (605)331-5000
Free: 800-888-1047
Admissions: (605)331-6600
Fax: (605)331-6615
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Independent American Baptist Churches in the USA, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1883. Setting: 22-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $12.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4328 per student. Total enrollment: 1,586. Faculty: 131 (56 full-time, 75 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 777 applied, 95% were admitted. Full-time: 1,067 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 237 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 5 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 3% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 11% 25 or older, 28% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; education. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Colleges of Mid-America, Augustana College (SD), North American Baptist Seminary, Christian College Coalition. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $19,250 includes full-time tuition ($14,900) and college room and board ($4350). College room only: $1900. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $250 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 12 open to all. Most popular organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Ministry Outreach. Major annual events: homecoming, Madrigals, Spiritual Life Retreat. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 515 college housing spaces available; 505 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Norman B. Mears Library with 85,713 books, 3,665 microform titles, 378 serials, 5,291 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $277,060. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Sioux Falls, population 130,000, is a commercial and industrial center. Credit card corporations, banking, retailing and meat packing are the leading industries of the community. Air and bus transportation are available. Community facilities include churches of many denominations, hospitals, an art center, and excellent shopping. Recreation includes all winter sports, water sports, hunting, and fishing. Part-time employment opportunities are excellent.

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