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
    B+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
University of South Dakota is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, SD 57069

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
89%
SAT Scores Range
870-1050
ACT Scores Range
20-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for University of South Dakota

Cost

Net Price
$15,530/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,819/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,255/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,831/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,845/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,885/ 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
82%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
72%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,876Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    81%
  • Naive
    8%
  • Preppy
    8%
  • Tool
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
44%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.63 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.78 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Actually pretty great!
    32%
  • Just an average college.
    25%
  • Pretty good with friendly people/professors
    25%
  • It is a good school for the price you pay.
    18%

After University of South Dakota

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
47%
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

University of South Dakota Reviews

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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!
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The university of South dakota is a great undergraduate school known for its low costs and good professors. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is the winters are very cold. But the as far as social life goes, USD is the most underrated party school in the US according to a few articles in closing this one (https://www.follownews.com/the-university-of-south-dakota-is-the-most-underrated-party-school-in-america-25co7). If you want an education with out going into debt over 6 figures this is the place to go.
My experience at the University of South Dakota has been 100 percent positive thus far. It is not like your typical four year University. I always feel like I am welcome and the campus is small for a division 1 school. I can honestly say that the professors really care about my education and me as a person as opposed to just treating me like a number on their class roster. Even in my lectures and general courses of 200+ students, my professors made a point to try to know every student of theirs. They always encourage students to get help outside of class if they are struggling and are usually very good about having almost like an 'open-door policy' to help encourage students to come to them for clarity and understanding of the material.