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- Party SceneA
- Campus FoodB+
- Student LifeA
South Dakota is an above-average public university located in Vermillion, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,969 undergraduate students. The South Dakota acceptance rate is 86%. Popular majors include Nursing, Health Service Preparatory Studies, and Physical Education Teaching and Coaching. Graduating 58% of students, South Dakota alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,200.
NCAA Division I-FCS
Missouri Valley Conference
Considered but not required
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Early Decision/Early Action
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.58 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses
Most Popular Majors
Health Service Preparatory Studies91 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching83 Graduates
Elementary Education72 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies65 Graduates
Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Medicine47 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.77 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.92 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.29 responses
University of South Dakota Reviews
I always knew that I would probably attend the University of South Dakota. Honestly, I have loved almost every second. When we were told we would have to complete the rest of the semester online I was so devastated. I wasn't surprised given the circumstances, but all the people I had met during my first semester, I wouldn't get to see until the next semester. I have enjoyed every professor and class I've taken part in. All professors are understanding and want what is best for each of their students. Also, the atmosphere around campus is so safe and just inviting and fun. I think I definitely was able to make so memories and can't wait for the rest of the college memories. I would always recommend USD to those considering it an option. Being on campus gives off a close-knit group of people who can't wait to pursue their future. Everything seems well put together and everyone is so friendly. I am proud to be a coyote!
The school's staff have been extremely helpful in making sure I know all of the steps and what to do throughout the entire process from start to finish. Be it applying, registering for classes, paying for housing, student financial aid, and more, the college and their staff made sure I knew what to do and made the process feel easy and the least stressful than at other colleges I attempted to attend. Excellent service and I feel like I found a second home!
Overall, my experience with USD as a freshman has been great! The education has been top tier, most of the professors are compassionate, understanding, and more than willing to work with their students. Campus life is super fun, with a variety of fun organizations that help with your professional development. The freshman dorms are ok, but they do need some renovating. The food is also ok, but a little more variety would be great.