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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
    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 4,908 undergraduate students. The South Dakota acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Nursing, Health Service Preparatory Studies, and Elementary Education. Graduating 55% of students, South Dakota alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,200.
About University of South Dakota...
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
87%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1010-1230
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Test Prep

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Cost

Net Price
$16,647/ 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
$5,145/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
A-
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
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.53 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.52 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,908Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,740
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
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  • Friendly
    80%
  • Naive
    6%
  • Preppy
    6%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Outgoing
    3%
  • Tool
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
40%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.72 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.87 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Pretty good with friendly people/professors
    32%
  • Actually pretty great!
    30%
  • Just an average college.
    19%
  • It is a good school for the price you pay.
    14%
  • Home away from home
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
55%
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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What I really like about the University of South Dakota is how close I feel to other students and the faculty. Honestly, everyone feels like a family here! The campus and nice and small, and the dorms always feel like my home away from home. It's so easy to get to know everyone here and to feel like I'm truly a part of something bigger than myself. The education I've been receiving here has been excellent! The professors really know how to listen to each and every student and cater to their needs. In my 2 years at USD so far, I have not had a single negative experience that made me second guess choosing this university. I've met so many new friends here that I wouldn't want to ever lose; they make me feel like I belong here and have a bright future ahead of me! All in all, USD has definitely made me feel like I made the right choice in picking the college path that ultimately unlocked the rest of my future opportunities.
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The University of South Dakota is definitely the best college for me! I love the atmosphere, the campus, the courses, and the infinite possibilities of success. The professors are great influences to help you in any way, even if it does not involve the courses. As an incoming freshman, you are ensured to have a great experience. The transition may be tough, but there are other college students that felt the same way and they and the professors are great at making you feel at home and like you belong and deserve to be there. I absolutely love this college and I can not wait for my next 3 more years!
When I came her for a visit, I knew from the moment I walked on campus that it felt like home. Living 4 hours away is hard when you move to a school and know no one, but as soon as I moved in I made friends that will last a lifetime.
I picked the University of South Dakota pacifically for my major, but it offered so much more when I got here. I am active in intramural, a member of the Dakotathon, and volunteer at Adopt a School.
Staying in South Dakota meant a lot to me, and it means even more to be at a school that cares so much about making me feel I am not actually 4 hours from home, my home is here. Go Yotes!