B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
University of South Dakota is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, SD 57069
Website

University of South Dakota Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
74%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
900-1130
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for University of South Dakota

Cost

Net Price
$15,898/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,344/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,907/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,430/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,887/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,119/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.46 responses
71%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.45 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,961Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    82%
  • Naive
    7%
  • Preppy
    7%
  • Tool
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.65 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.80 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Actually pretty great!
    33%
  • Pretty good with friendly people/professors
    27%
  • Just an average college.
    23%
  • It is a good school for the price you pay.
    17%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.29 responses
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University of South Dakota Reviews

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Overall, great experience throughout. The campus is beautiful not too big and not too small. I believe it is a perfect size. I am originally from California, but I am glad that I got to experience school in South Dakota. All though the small town vibe can seem kind of daunting at times, the environment and the people make it all better. It seems that you get to know everyone. Professors also seem to put in the time to make sure that everything is being understood, or help with anything necessary. As well as advisors, especially those on campus. They literally help you with everything. Overall, great school!
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I really like the University of South Dakota. The campus is small enough that it's not overwhelming, but it still gives you the feel of a big campus. There are a lot of opportunities on campus to get connected. There are over 200 clubs and organizations on campus. They also have Yote Float Tuesdays, where you can get a root beer float every Tuesday of the school year. And they have Free Popcorn Fridays and Wear Red Fridays wear you can earn points for a silent auction at the end of the year for Yote gear! I cannot explain how much I love this school, and I'm so glad I'm attending!
The University of South Dakota is sometimes called South Dakota's "hidden gem" for education. When you aren't stuck with the frustrating experience of a TA teaching your gen-ed course, or one who speaks limited English, the professors there are pretty much amazing. The campus is small enough that you can walk pretty much everywhere, but the student body is large enough to keep it from being "too small" or boring. The night-life is insane for the Midwest. D-days is a force to be reckoned with. USD made the nation's Top 15 party schools. Greek life exists. There are opportunities to be involved in the community. Several churches for small town. School housing sucks. Food is not great, but recently expanded a-la-carte options. Reasonable tuition. VERY BUREAUCRATIC SYSTEM- if you need help with financial aid or an appeal or something "extra" - good luck.