Spring Enrollment Up At USF


A small university in South Dakota is celebrating bigger numbers.

The private university’s traditional undergraduate enrollment is up seven percent this spring semester compared to a year ago. 

To give you some perspective that’s about 70 more students at the University of Sioux Falls, bringing the traditional undergrad total to 986. 

Every student wants to start their college career on a positive note, but finding the right school can be difficult. 

“It’s incredibly competitive. It’s difficult to find a school that both works with your budget; that makes you feel wanted,” USF Freshman Will Grisham said. 

But when Grisham landed at USF he found harmony. 

Grisham started his freshman year last fall, which saw record enrollment. 

Now the University is seeing its largest spring enrollment ever.  

What’s causing it?

USF’s President says it’s a combination of factors including reduced tuition costs. 

“One of the things besides price point, convenience, is the value of the degree. What is the return of investment,” USF President Brett Bradfield said. 

The university says a survey of the class of 2018 showed 99 percent of USF grads got a job in their field or continued their studies within six months of graduating. 

“We’re always sensitive to the fact we have a lot of high quality public and private institutions in the area. While we have to keep our eye on that, we also embrace the competition and we believe we’re a player in that competitive marketplace,” Bradfield said. 

“I know I made the right choice in coming here in the fall and I will continue to be here for as long as I can,” Grisham said. 

USF did see a decrease in students from the fall semester to this spring semester, but Bradfield said that trend is common is higher education.  

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