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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

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University of South Dakota overview
Location Vermillion, South Dakota
Online usd.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
University of South Dakota overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of South Dakota (USD), located in Vermillion, South Dakota, stands as the state's oldest public university, having been founded in 1862. Approximately 60 miles from Sioux Falls, USD provides students with a blend of rural and small-town atmosphere on its 274-acre campus, known for its dominant architectural style?the Richardsonian Romanesque, notably seen in the I.D. Weeks Library and the Old Main building. USD offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs with notable emphasis on health sciences, business, and law, housing the state's only medical school and law school. The academic environment is moderately selective, aiming to meet a broad range of educational needs while maintaining a commitment to quality. On-campus living is available through multiple residence halls and apartment complexes, fostering a residential academic community. While USD is not primarily recognized for its athletic achievements, it competes in NCAA Division I athletics as the South Dakota Coyotes.

In the most recent statistical year 4,480 prospective students applied, and 4,456 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,329 enrolled in the school.  6,009 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,847 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,773 plus fees of $1,659. USD is ranked 597 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












USD is rated within the top 50% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of South Dakota overview
SAT 1020/1300
ACT 19/25
GPA 3.43

Applications Accepted

University of South Dakota overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $20

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Annual Cost to Attend

South Dakota Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of South Dakota
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,659
Room and Board $8,224
Budget for Other Expenses$4,947
Total One Year Cost$23,803

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of South Dakota
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,659
Room and Board $8,224
Budget for Other Expenses$4,947
Total One Year Cost$27,313

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

47% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of South Dakota students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 32%
Business 14%
Education 9%
Psychology 9%
Social Sciences 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219471 IPEDS survey data for University of South Dakota.

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