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A USD education combines the vibrancy of the liberal arts with academic rigor in a supportive learning community. Our professors are distinguished scholars and devoted teachers.

Our students are challenged to question and expand their knowledge in the classroom and to extend their learning through research, community engagement, and global education in an environment of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Undergraduate learning goals fall into four broad categories: knowledge about the Liberal Arts and Sciences, intellectual skills, personal and social responsibility, and integrated learning.

Faculty collaborate one-on-one with undergraduate and graduate students on research, scholarship and creative activity and students experience the challenge and excitement of original discovery and creation.

Community Service Learning extends academic achievement from the classroom to the outside community so students can apply the lessons they have learned, serve neighbors in need, and carry out the principles of social justice and ethical conduct.

Global Education is enriched by our proximity to Latin America and Asia. Over the past five years USD has been ranked consistently within the top 3 in the nation for study abroad participation.

Interdisciplinary collaboration gives our faculty and students the skills they need to solve the multi-dimentional problems of the 21st century and generates "real world" learning platforms for broad-based innovation and dynamic creativity.

For more than six decades, USD has built on academic strengths to emerge as a pioneer in developing future leaders who are ready to address the challenges of our changing world with ethics and compassion.

"The School of Business provided involvement with the professional world, more than I ever imagined. My professors taught me fundamentals of business analysis and how to succeed in the professional world - I have more than one job offer." - Brittany Berg, Business Administration, ‘11

By the Numbers

Average class size: 22

Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

42 bachelor's degrees, 49 minors, 34 master's degrees, the JD, LLM, 3 doctorates

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