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University of South Dakota Overview

University of South Dakota is a public institution situated in Vermillion, South Dakota. The surrounding location of Vermillion is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is University of South Dakota Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$23,220 Avg Cost After Aid
87% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at USD have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at USD.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 66% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from USD makes roughly $49,034 a year. This is 20% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

Where Is University of South Dakota?


Contact details for USD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
Phone: 605-658-6200

How Do I Get Into USD?

You can apply to USD online at:

Admission Requirements for USD

Submission Required?
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Rank Considered but not required
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Considered but not required

How Hard Is It To Get Into USD?

87% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
3% Submit SAT Scores
USD has the high acceptance rate of 87%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 86%, and the acceptance rate for women is 88%.

Average Test Scores

About 3% of students accepted to USD submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 510 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 540 to 650 )
USD received ACT scores from 80% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 18 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 19 to 25 )

Can I Afford University of South Dakota?

$23,220 Net Price
60% Take Out Loans
0.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of USD is $23,220. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At USD, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $7,275 a year. That adds up to $29,100 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USD is 0.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of South Dakota Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,502 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,987 undergraduate students at USD, with 4,502 being full-time and 2,485 being part-time.


There are also 2,477 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,502 full-time undergraduates at USD, 37% are male and 63% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of South Dakota students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 61
Black or African American 150
Hispanic or Latino 189
White 3,724
International Students 97
Other Races/Ethnicities 281

Geographic Diversity

South Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at University of South Dakota. At this time, 37 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 63 countries are represented at USD. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Nepal.

Online Learning at University of South Dakota

3,109 Took All Classes Online
5,298 Took At Least One Class Online
1.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 5,298 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at USD has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 3rd most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of USD

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of South Dakota was 1.0%. This is the #1,665 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at USD regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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