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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
    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 4,943 undergraduate students. The South Dakota acceptance rate is 88%. 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 $34,400.
About University of South Dakota...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, SD 57069
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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
88%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
890-1200
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$16,502/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,396/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,868/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,561/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,592/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,663/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
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.49 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,943Undergrads
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 31 responses
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  • Friendly
    81%
  • Naive
    6%
  • Preppy
    6%
  • Outgoing
    3%
  • Tool
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
41%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.68 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.83 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
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  • Pretty good with friendly people/professors
    33%
  • Actually pretty great!
    30%
  • Just an average college.
    21%
  • It is a good school for the price you pay.
    15%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
55%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.29 responses
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I've attended the University of South Dakota for 2 years now and I absolutely love it here. USD professors and advisors genuinely want students to do well and will go above and beyond to support you in doing so. Very understanding, professors engage students and are always available to help. I can't recall ever having a bad or even lacklustre professor, all of them (even SI instructors, TAs, and grad school professors) have been incredible. Highly recommend!
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Taking psychology at the University of South Dokota a very educational, and sociable experience. All at the same time it was only very easy to focus, and socialize becuse there wasn't anything else to do. Sioux Falls is the closest town of only 300,000 people, and its the biggest in South Dokota!
The University of South Dakota is an institution dedicated to learning. I love how on campus, one can feel the energy and excitement of a place dedicated to staying current and cutting-edge. However, I believe the school could work on expanding its meal plan options (especially for vegans). But overall, USD is a great institution, and I believe I am receiving a quality education. Go Yotes!