University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD 57105
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The University of Sioux Falls (USF) is a private institution in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It was founded in 1883 as a Christian liberal arts college. The university is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and aims to help the development of Christian students to better serve God and humankind. The university offers 40 undergraduate programs, including several nursing programs. They also have study-abroad partnerships with universities in South Africa, Greece, South Korea, and Puerto Rico. Students maintain more than 100 organizations, clubs, and student activities on the campus. These clubs include everything from Chess Club to Jazz Ambassadors. 

The USF School of Nursing offers three BSN programs, including traditional BSN, RN to BSN, and accelerated BSN. They also offer an LPN program. The BSN programs were accredited by the CCNE in 2011. The RN to BSN program is offered 100% online. Students do not need to take any classes on campus or complete any clinical rotations. The traditional and accelerated programs provide clinical experiences with real patients at local healthcare clinics and simulation training in state-of-the-art facilities. The accelerated program includes four semesters of courses while the traditional program includes eight semesters of courses.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students1,453
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
American Baptist
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate73%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 84.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1958 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/16/2011 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT910 to 1300
ACT20 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Neither required nor recommended
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$360/credit
In State Students$360/credit
Out of State Students$360/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$380/credit
In State Students$380/credit
Out of State Students$380/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $16,200 $16,200 $16,200
ADN 70 $25,200 $25,200 $25,200
BSN 125 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000
FNP 50 $19,000 $19,000 $19,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of University of Sioux Falls's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 31% $4,532
Other Federal Grant 23% $856
State Grant & Scholarships 19% $1,322
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $16,379
Federal Student Loans 77% $5,964
Private Loans 16% $11,457


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$16,761
$30,001 to $48,000$16,587
$48,001 to $75,000$17,976
$75,001 to $110,000$21,888
Over $110,000$22,649

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and South Dakota state board of nursing.
University of Sioux Falls
1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

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