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The Lee Medical Building with a sunrise in the background. Surveys indicate the USD Sanford School of Medicine rates among the top medical schools across multiple measures, including student satisfaction with the quality of their medical education.
VERMILLION, S.D. – Recent surveys indicate the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine rates among the top medical schools across multiple measures.
Student satisfaction with the quality of their medical education continues to be rated very high. Almost 92% of those graduating in the class of 2021 were pleased with the quality of their education.
Student satisfaction with specific areas of study in the medical school’s basic sciences was also surveyed and 10 of 13 programs rated above the 75th percentile nationally. Microbiology, physiology and pathology topped course-specific satisfaction, with each registering at the 98th percentile. Only 2% of the nation’s medical schools received higher rankings in these class areas.
Medical students also highly rated their experiences working in community clinics (100% percent) and cultural awareness/experiences (96%).
The medical school received a record number of applications – 1,004 – for the class of 2025, the most recent entering class at the medical school. Of the 71 students admitted to the medical program, 59 possess South Dakota residency, and all students have a connection to South Dakota through family. The class of 2025 includes 37 women and 34 men, and 25 students are from communities smaller than 10,000 residents.
USD’s Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.
Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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