University of South Dakota


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: South Dakota


The University of South Dakota is a public university located on a 274-acre campus in Vermillion, a small city less than an hour northwest of Sioux City, Iowa. Founded in 1862, USD is the state's oldest university. The campus has been undergoing major renovation and expansion in recent years. Students can choose from 132 majors and minors supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio. High achieving students should look into the university's Honors Program for a more personalized and challenging undergraduate experience. Social life at USD is active with over 120 student clubs and organizations. On the athletic front, the University of South Dakota Coyotes compete in the NCAA Division I Summit League.

Most Popular Majors

Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Contemporary Media/Journalism, Criminal Justice, Dental Hygiene, Elementary Education, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 9291
Total Grad Students: 2071
Undergraduate Students: 7220
Faculty: 332

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 28:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 22:1

Percent Male: 37%
Percent Female: 63%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 20%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 45%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

414 E Clark St
Vermillion South Dakota 57069


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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 20 26
English 20 26
Math 19 26
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 460 550
Math 460 580
Writing 510 620

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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 89%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -89%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1200

Other Expenses: 3900

Room and Board: 6543

Tuition and Fees: 8924

Total Cost: 20567

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 7209

Total Cost – In-State: 18852

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Costs Data From: 2011-12

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6491

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 76%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 75%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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