University of South Dakota (USD)

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

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

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the candidates USD accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

University of South Dakota has a total student population of about 10,000, where graduate students make up roughly 13% 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 $15,900. 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:
    • State Residents: $4,300-$5,200
    • Out-of-State: $6,500-$7,814
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $150-$170 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $220-$260 per unit

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 & Scholarships79%$4,498
Receiving Student Loans69%$7,103

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 55%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years27%
Graduating in 5 Years19%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program

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 (The Summit League)
  • Track and Field (The Summit League)
  • Football (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • 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 (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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  • Phone: (605) 677-5446

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