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  • Avg. SAT Score
    1089
  • Annual Tuition (in-state excl. fees)
    $4,164
    $ $ $ $ $
  • Program Enrollment
    876
  • Program Length
    Four Year
Contact Information
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069, United States
Website

About Beacom School of Business

Good business is about good decision making. And choosing the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota may be one of the best decisions you will make. The region's leader in business education, the Beacom School's nationally-respected and fully-accredited programs provide you with the leadership skills and hands-on experiences you need for success in today's global marketplace. In 2009, the Beacom School moved into a new facility with state of the art technology in every classroom. Each of our undergraduate majors results in a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree. We also offer a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) as well as a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA). The Beacom School of Business is one of only five percent of business schools worldwide to achieve AACSB accreditation, the highest distinction that business schools can receive. Our graduate and undergraduate students rank exceptionally high in academic achievement. Recent graduates scored in the top three percent of all students who took the national Educational Testing Service exams. We maintain a low faculty-to-student ratio, and undergraduate business class size averages 27 students. The Beacom School provides excellent internship opportunities with more than half of undergraduate students completing at least one internship, and the job placement rate is 87%! More than $400,000 in scholarships is awarded annually to students, and there are many opportunities for both graduates and undergraduates to supplement their academic experience with hands-on learning opportunities such as managing a $1 million investment fund. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in business-related student organizations, many of which are national award winners. The Beacom School of Business regularly hosts national business leaders, government officials, successful alumni and other guest speakers to discuss current business issues and offer leadership perspectives.

Quick Stats

  • Selectivity
    88%
  • Yield
    42%
  • Job Offers
    53%
  • Average Salary
    $38,540
  • Top Industry
    Financial Services
  • School Status
    Public
  • Accreditation
    AACSB Accredited
  • B-School Founded
    1927

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Admissions

Admissions Selectivity
88% University of South Dakota 59% Average Across All Schools

Most Important Admissions Factors
  1. SAT/ACT scores
  2. Class rank
  3. Secondary school record
University Admissions
  • Min. SAT 980
  • Min. ACT 21
  • Min. GPA 2.60
B-School Admissions
  • Min. SAT
  • Min. ACT
  • Min. GPA
More Information
Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
3606% 3,606
88% 88
42% 42
88% School Selectivity
42% School Yield
Demographics of Applicants
  • Male Applicants
  • Female Applicants
  • International Applicants
  • U.S. Applicants
Required Tests
  • ACT or SAT
  • Are Interviews Required? Not required
Additional Requirements:

International students seeking acceptance to undergraduate programs must have a TOEFL score of 530 or higher on paper test or 71 or higher on iBTOR or IELTS of 5.5 or higher. Transfer students must have a 2.0 or higher GPA. International transfer students must have an ECE or WES or similar evaluation of transfer work submitted in order to have previous coursework reviewed for acceptance.

Total Applications to Program
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
822% 822
84% 84
56% 56
84% Program Selectivity
56% Program Yield
Program Requirements
  • Admissions managed by Business Program
  • Are interviews required? Not offered
Required Tests

Transfer Requirements
  • How internal transfers are handled
  • Min college GPA for transfers 2.5
  • Other transfer requirements A 2.5 GPA is required for admission to our junior/senior level portion of our programs. Whether a student is admitted as a freshman to the business program, a major changer, or a transfer student, a 2.5 is needed along with completed prerequisites and at least 45 credits.
Freshman Requirements
  • Freshman admissions Yes
  • Percent of admitted applicants who are freshmen 70
  • Min GPA required in pre-business courses? Yes
  • How freshmen are admitted Indicate interest on university application
Other requirements for freshmen

Careers

Financial Services 16%
Top Industry
  • Manufacturing 14%
Riggs Football Academy 1
Top Employer
  • Casey Peterson & Associates 1
  • University of South Dakota 1
  • Cain Ellsworth & Co. 1
More Information
Job Offers Received and Accepted
  • This School
  • All Schools
By Graduation
53% 53
62% 61.74527272727272
53% Receive Offers
53% 53
59% 59.252482758620694
53% Accept Offers
After graduation, but within 3 months
0%
0%
0%
0%
More than 3 Months after graduation
43% 43
9% 9.05625
43% Receive Offers
43% 43
9% 9.484761904761905
43% Accept Offers
86% Graduates seeking full-time employment
14% Graduates not seeking employment
62% Percentage of graduates for whom employment information is available
Salaries and Percentages of Job Accepting Graduates
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Finance/Accounting
30% 30
$37,280.00
21K 48K
General Management
14% 14
$34,915.00
23K 50K
Human Resources
14% 14
$33,000.00 Data not provided
Marketing/Sales
14% 14
$51,700.00 Data not provided
Operations/Production
3% 3
$50,000.00 Data not provided
Other
25% 25
$34,768.00
31K 38K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Accounting
16% 16
$44,333.00
42K 48K
Consumer Products/Retail
17% 17
$31,315.00
23K 40K
Financial Services
16% 16
$46,950.00
21K 72K
Government/Education
8% 8
$31,500.00
25K 38K
Pharma/Biotech/Health
6% 6
Data not provided
Manufacturing
14% 14
$42,500.00 Data not provided
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
U.S. Midwest
97% 97
$38,540.00
21K 72K
U.S. West
3% 3
Data not provided
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Internship Employers / Interns Hired
  • Avera McKennan 3
  • Polaris Industries 2
  • Sanford Health 2
  • Daktronics 2
  • Black Events 1
Internship Services
  • Companies that recruit interns on campus
  • Companies that posted internships on school message board
  • Average intern length in weeks 8
  • Percentage of internships that are paid 84
Career Services
  • Number of companies that recruited students on campus 73
  • Number of companies that posted full-time jobs on school message boards 301
Other activities and career services provided to undergraduate business students:
Networking events, mock interviews, resume/cover letter reviews, social media job search help, caerer counseling, interview scheduling.

Cost

Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$16,211
Total Yearly Cost
  • Tuition $4,164
  • Fees $3,858
  • Expenses $8,189
Non-Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$18,294
Total Yearly Cost
  • Tuition $6,247
  • Fees $3,858
  • Expenses $8,189
38% Percent of Institutional Grants or Scholarships 2% Percent of Full-tuition Institutional Grants or Scholarships
Basis for Grants or Scholarships
  • Need 0%
  • Merit 100%
More Information
Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid Management No
  • Website http://www.usd.edu/financial-aid/index.cfm
Scholarships
$935,830
Total aid distributed to undergrad business students last year
$1,176,311
Total aid distributed to undergrad business students this year
Loans
  • Loan Guarantee Policy No
  • Max Loan Guarantee Per Year

Academics

Average Class Size
  • Beacom School of Business
  • All Schools
Core Business Classes
40% 37
50% 46
Elective Business Classes
33% 19
50% 29
Required Classes with a Waiting List
15 Beacom School of Business 13 Average Across All Schools

* On the First Day of Enrollment
Top Areas of Study
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Health Care Administration
  • Marketing
More Information
Business Program Classes
37% Less than 20 Students 3% More than 50 Students
60% 21 to 50 students
19 Average number of students in non-business required electives
51 Different Elective Courses
New Electives
  • Decision Support/End User Computing
  • Financial Literacy
  • Program length Four Year
  • Last change to curriculum 2006
Degrees Offered
  • BBA/Accounting
  • BBA/Economics
  • BBA/Finance
  • BBA/Health Services Administration
  • BBA/Human Resources Management
  • BBA/Management
  • BBA/Marketing
Faculty
  • All Faculty
  • Tenured
40% 40
68% 68
Prominent Faculty
  • Tom Davies

    Accounting

  • Angeline Lavin

    Finance

  • David Moen

    Statistics

  • Are work study or co-ops available? No
  • Description of work study / co-ops:

  • Is study abroad available? No
  • Description of study abroad programs:

    Exchanges to Japan and Germany as well as summer and winter study tours directed by faculty.

  • Is community service or volunteering available? Yes
  • Description of community service/volunteering:

    Coyoteopoly--a service learning program led by business students to collect food for the Vermillion Food Pantry or to serve other needs of the Vermillion community, coordinate Shakespeare Festival and plan and execute Billionnaire Weekend.

Students

12% Students in Top 10% of High School Class 25% Students with High School GPA over 3.75
1160 75th Percentile Score on SAT 26 75th Percentile Score on ACT
Student Body Breakdown
  • International Students
  • U.S. Students
  • Male Students
  • Female Students
Ethnicity of Students
White
91% 91
Multiethnic
2% 2
Hispanic
2% 2
* Percentages are for U.S. citizens in most recent entering class; only top three responses shown.
More Information
U.S. Regional Breakdown
1%
95%
%
3%
1%
0%
Student Citizenship
U.S.
96% 96
Other Non-U.S. Citizenship
3% 3
Canada
1% 1
19 Average age of full-time students
76% Freshman retention rate
Graduation Rate
  • 4 Years
  • 6 Years
26% 26
52% 52

Alumni

Alumni Donors
Total Living Alumni 10,249
Alumni Donations
$3,835 Average Gift $61,501 Largest Gift

Anonymous

Most Prominent Alumni
  • James R. Bunt

    VP and Treasurere of General Electric (retired)

  • Georgeanne Proctor

    Former CFO TIAA-CREF

  • Joseph S. Lesser

    Chairman & CEO of Loeb Partners Realty