University announces enrollment

University announces enrollment The University of South Dakota has announced a 3.3 percent increase in its overall enrollment, after adjusting for one-time increases from over 1,000 K-12 teachers enrolled in one course in 2002.

The University of South Dakota is especially pleased to welcome a gifted first-time freshmen class, with an 11 percent increase in the number of students who scored a 24 or higher on the ACT. Included in that freshmen class are four national merit finalists and the only two Argus Leader Academic All-Stars that stayed in South Dakota.

Ninety-five members of the class also entered the university's Honors Program.

The university continues to show a positive gain in traditional, on-campus students, with the freshman class up 5 percent over 2002. USD continues to be a strong choice for transfer students, with a 10 percent increase in the total undergraduate population.

Students from the surrounding region include 31 percent more freshmen from Minnesota and 33 percent more from Nebraska.

The graduate programs enrolled over 1,100 students in 43 different programs, the largest graduate school in South Dakota.

The numbers released by the Board of Regents showing enrollment at The University of South Dakota down 9 percent.

, while technically accurate, require some explanation. The decline stems from more than 1,000 K-12 teachers who enrolled in one-time programs last year. When those one-time numbers are left out, the adjusted enrollment of 7,917 is a 3.3 percent increase over last year.

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