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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
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.
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, SD 57069
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference

University of South Dakota Rankings

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USD Admissions

Acceptance Rate
86%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1030-1260
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$17,354/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,852/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
84%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.58 responses
75%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
12
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
3
Online Bachelor's Programs
9
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    19%
  • On Campus
    56%
  • Online
    25%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,969Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,621
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
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  • Friendly
    85%
  • Naive
    5%
  • Preppy
    5%
  • Outgoing
    3%
  • Tool
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
42%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.77 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.92 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Pretty good with friendly people/professors
    31%
  • Actually pretty great!
    26%
  • It is a good school for the price you pay.
    17%
  • Just an average college.
    17%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • Absolutely Fantastic
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
National
49%
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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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!
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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.