SIOUX CITY | The fall semester 2017 enrollment at the University of South Dakota rose 2.2 percent to 10,261 students, which makes for the second-highest fall semester enrollment in college history.

The South Dakota Board of Regents released the enrollment numbers Wednesday.

“We are pleased that students and families continue to view the University of South Dakota as the best choice to continue their education. USD remains a leader -- both in the state and regionally -- in providing quality, affordable education through rigorous academic programs," President James W. Abbott said in a release.

The 2017 fall enrollment is up 3.6 percent from 2016, and first-time freshman enrollment increased  from last fall by 4.7 percent to 1,341 students.

Additionally, while out-of-state enrollment was slightly down 0.3 percent, USD saw a 27.3 percent increase in new undergraduate enrollment from Iowans.

University officials said USD, which is located in Vermillion, continues to become more diverse, with a 4.7 percent increase in domestic minority students when compared to fall 2016.

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