Students Say

With an honors program that is “the best-kept secret in the country” and professors who are “nearly always willing to go the extra mile for students,” the University of South Dakota offers a “great student to faculty communicative experience at a reasonable price.” Numerous departments garner praise from students, and the University boasts winners “almost every year for big scholarships like the Goldwater and Truman, competing with big, Ivy League, private colleges that charge quadruple the amount for the same education.”

Overview

Applicants
3,542
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average HS GPA
3.37

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
400 - 440
SAT Math
470 - 610
ACT Composite
20 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

With an honors program that is “the best-kept secret in the country” and professors who are “nearly always willing to go the extra mile for students,” the University of South Dakota offers a “great student to faculty communicative experience at a reasonable price.” Numerous departments garner praise from students, and the University boasts winners “almost every year for big scholarships like the Goldwater and Truman, competing with big, Ivy League, private colleges that charge quadruple the amount for the same education.” While the nursing school is the most frequently praised, the “business, biology, premed, law, and psychology classes are very solid,” and the “dental hygiene, music, and journalism schools” also stand out, with the most copious laurels heaped on the music department’s professors who are “some of the best.” All told, the wide selection of quality academics “gives students many options as far as majors go,” and for students willing to throw themselves into their studies “the odds of getting into a professional or graduate program are good.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
595
with Terminal Degree
387

301
Women
294
Men
71
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
99%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Tom Brokaw
TV Anchorman

Al Neuharth
Founder USA Today

Joe Foss
WWII Hero and former Governor of SD

Judith Krittel and Meier Henry
South Dakota Supreme Court Justices

Tim Johnson
U.S. Senator

Pat O'Brien
CBS Sports Host

Kenneth Bode
Former NBC correspondent and CNN anchor.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
86
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

The University of South Dakota offers a “great student to faculty communicative experience at a reasonable price.” “The perfect fit for students looking for a smart educational investment.” For students willing to throw themselves into their studies “the odds of getting into a professional or graduate program are good.” Annually, USD awards scholarships to more than 800 first-year students; very impressive, with a total enrollment of only 6,000 students. “The people are extremely welcoming and if I had to go back a year and look at colleges without financial limits, I would have still chosen USD.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,444

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,192

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,234

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$0

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
75%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,149

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,164
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$6,246
Required Fees
$3,858
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,676
Transportation for Commuters
$1,303

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

A typical USD student “would be a conservative Midwesterner. He or she would be Caucasian” and would most likely have originated in “small towns in South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska.” “Many people join a Greek system or are athletes or musicians. Those who do not fit into these three main groups seem to focus on their academics” and “[fit] in fine with the majority because of the open mindedness of most students.” For example, “gay students are able to get along with the rest of student population.” There’s no denying that “partying is a definite part of the culture, though many of the ‘smart’ kids both party and work hard.” Student organizations call out to many, and “it seems like every person on campus is part of at least one of them. It is a great way to meet new people and [to participate in] activities.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,541
Out of State
33%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
46

Demographics

1.68%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.39%
Asian
2.56%
African-American
2.99%
Hispanic
88.34%
Caucasian
1.57%
International

63% female
37% male
33% are out of state
65% are full time
35% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“We work hard, so we can play hard,” sums up the undergraduate philosophy at USD. “Although there is a lot of partying that happens, the students keep themselves occupied with school work, intramural sports, and hanging out with their friends.” Vermillion’s small size seems to be a double-edged sword; some insist that “the size of the town means no one is more than a 10-minute walk/bike ride away!” and that “since it is a smaller campus students have more opportunities to be involved in internships and various other activities.” But the fact remains that “many of the upperclassmen live in the larger cities to the north and south.” In general, “students have to make their own fun, which often involves partying or taking small road trips to other cities in the area.” For those planning to roam further afield, “Vermillion is located very close to Yankton, Sioux City (IA), and Sioux Falls (all within an hour). They are bigger cities and offer everything a person would want to do (shopping, movies, entertainment).”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
33%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
71
First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
94

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disablity Services, Center for Disabilities, USD

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Ernetta L. Fox

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
144
Number of Honor Societies
6

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
6

20% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Coyotes)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Coyotes)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups: The University has a 10% Society that holds educational and informational meetings for all students. In addition, they sponsor social get togethers. The 10% Society meets for chats where resources, books, movies, music, etc will be shared.

Minority Support Groups: The University has 10 support groups related to minorities, a financial aid specialist for minorities, a Native American Cultural Center and a Native American Cultural adviser.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
68

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
129

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP, Fujitsu

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Travis Vlasman
Dean of Enrollment Services

Address
Office of Admissions
414 East Clark
Vermillion, SD 57069

Phone
6056775434

Email
travis.vlasman

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Al Neuharth Media Center
The National Music Museum
The Dakota Dome
Belbas Student Service Center
Muenster University Center
Coyote Village and Wellness Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Prentis Park
Spirit Mound Lewis and Clark Expedition
Local pubs
Trails and State Parks along the Missouri River
National Music Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
open

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Double Occupancy

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Local shuttle buses. Closest commercial airport is located in Sioux City, Iowa, approximately 40 miles from The U. Bus service available from Sioux City to The U. Charlie Ride student transit.

Driving Instructions to Campus
I29 North from Sioux City, Iowa to Hwy 50 west 6 miles.

Local Accommodations
Bed and Breakfast 5 medium size inns All low to medium price ranges
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Key Stats

3,542
Applicants
7,541
Size
89%
Acceptance Rate
960
SAT Scores

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