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414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD

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University of South Dakota provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Vermillion, South Dakota and publically funded. USD has a yearly student enrollment of over 10,000.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs USD offers:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Psychology
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Legal Professions And Studies

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. Students may take either the ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admissions to University of South Dakota. A score within the range of 1430 - 1750 on the SAT, or 20 - 26 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. 89% of those students that apply are accepted to this school, of which 43 percent choose to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at usd.edu.

Tuition & fees at USD vary for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs close to $7,900 per year and out-of-state tuition costing $9,800 annually. On-campus housing is available for students and costs approximately $3,700 for the year. This school may offer financial aid for students that qualify by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The University of South Dakota Coyotes participate in several intercollegiate athletic programs, as part of the NCAA organization. Athletic programs offered may include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AA)

For a complete list of areas of study, enrollment information, student services, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.usd.edu.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the candidates USD accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting accepted to USD.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Required
  • Letters of Recommendation are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading460 - 550
SAT ® Math460 - 580
SAT ® Writing510 - 620
SAT ® Total Score1430 - 1750

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English20 - 26
ACT ® Math19 - 26
ACT ® Composite Score20 - 26

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into USD

The table below lists the chances for admission at University of South Dakota.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions2,923 (89%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled1,252 (43%)

Student Enrollment

University of South Dakota has a total student population of about 10,000, where graduate students make up roughly 29% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,000. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • In-State Tuition: $3,900-$4,700
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $5,800-$7,012
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $130-$160 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $200-$230 per credit unit

A number professional schools of study are operated by University of South Dakota. These schools may have differing tuition costs. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Medical School (Tuition: $24,000/yr)
  • Law School (Tuition: $7,200/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid93%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships75%$4,609
Receiving Student Loans74%$6,262

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 4%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, University of South Dakota may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of USD is close to 48%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years23%
Graduating in 5 Years16%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Law Program (more info)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Art and Design Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of South Dakota is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (362)
  • Track and Field (362)
  • Football (362)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Health and Clinical Professions


Business and Marketing Studies

Security and Protective Services

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Legal Professions and Studies


  • Educational Leadership and Administration (C, D, M)
  • Elementary Education (B, M)
  • Physical Education (B, M)
  • Special Education (M)
  • Secondary Education (C, M)
  • History Teacher Education (B)
  • Music Teacher Education (B)
  • Educational and Instructional Media Design (M)
  • Speech Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (D)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B)
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • Social Science Teacher Education (B)
  • Chemistry Teacher Education (B)
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education


Communications and Journalism

  • Media Studies (B)

Public Administration and Social Services

English Language and Literature

Social Sciences

Recreation and Fitness Studies

  • Parks and Recreation (B)

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama (B, M)
  • Art Studies (B, M)
  • Music (B, M)
  • Music Performance (B)
  • Technical Theatre, Design and Technology

Physical Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Global Studies (B)
  • Biological and Physical Sciences

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (B, M)

Mathematics and Statistics

  • Math (B, M)
  • Computational Mathematics (D)

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Native American Studies (B)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • German Language and Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature


Engineering Technology

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