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University of South Dakota Overview

University of South Dakota is a public institution located 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?

1,404 Undergraduate Awards
$23,352 Avg Cost After Aid
87% Acceptance Rate
  • The 5% student loan default rate at USD is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at USD is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 68% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from USD makes roughly $42,000 a year. This is 3% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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University of South Dakota Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at USD.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Human Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Mental & Social Health Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Psychology Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Public Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards USD has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Colleges for Mental & Social Health Services College Factual
#6 Best Value Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#8 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#25 Best Value Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#51 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#70 Best Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is University of South Dakota?

Location of 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
Website: www.usd.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UniversityofSouthDakota
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UniversitySD

How Do I Get Into USD?

You can apply to USD online at: apply.sdbor.edu/login.cfm

Admission Requirements for USD

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into USD?

87% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
3% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 87%, USD is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 85%, 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 590. Math scores were between 500 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 510 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 500 to 640 )
200
800
USD received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of South Dakota?

$23,352 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
4.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of USD is $23,352. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At USD, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $7,283 a year. That adds up to $29,132 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USD is 4.8%. 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

4,899 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,475 undergraduate students at USD, with 4,899 being full-time and 2,576 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  USD

There are also 2,445 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,899 full-time undergraduates at USD, 37% are male and 63% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  USD

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of USD Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 59
Black or African American 151
Hispanic or Latino 196
White 4,083
International Students 122
Other Races/Ethnicities 288

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

2,890 Took All Classes Online
4,627 Took At Least One Class Online
1,162.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 6 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at USD. In 2017-2018, 4,627 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.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of USD

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of South Dakota was 1,162.1%. This is the #78 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at USD regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of USD majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 20%
Business, Management & Marketing 7%
Education 4%
Health Professions 7%
Health Sciences & Services 2%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 8%
Liberal Arts General Studies 8%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 91%
Marketing 12%
Mental & Social Health Services 6%
Public Administration 20%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at USD ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at USD.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Mental & Social Health Services #1
Public Administration & Social Service #1
Public Administration #1
Public Health #1
Social Work #1
Human Services #1
Instructional Media Design #2
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #2
Health Sciences & Services #2
Educational Administration #5
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #9
Liberal Arts General Studies #9
Accounting #10
Education #12
Nursing #16
Business Administration & Management #23
Health Professions #28
Business, Management & Marketing #28

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%.

University of South Dakota Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 27 195 0 0 0 222
Business Administration & Management 3 0 59 9 102 0 173
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 119 1 26 0 146
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 93 23 116
Mental & Social Health Services 1 0 48 1 60 0 110
General Biology 0 0 80 0 15 11 106
Accounting 0 0 58 0 45 0 103
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 93 0 0 1 94
General Psychology 0 0 77 3 7 5 92
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 59 1 21 0 81
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 73 0 5 0 78
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 15 35 0 13 0 63
Criminal Justice & Corrections 1 0 60 0 0 0 61
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0 60 60
Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 59 59
Communication Sciences 0 0 25 0 25 6 56
Law 0 0 0 0 0 51 51
Public Administration 0 0 0 17 23 0 40
Political Science & Government 0 0 34 0 3 0 37
Human Services 0 0 0 0 37 0 37
Dental Support Services 0 0 36 0 0 0 36
Marketing 0 0 31 1 0 0 32
Special Education 0 0 24 0 8 0 32
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 31 0 0 0 31
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 4 20 6 30
General English Literature 0 0 20 0 5 1 26
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0 24 0 24
History 0 0 18 0 3 0 21
Music 0 0 5 0 16 0 21
Economics 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 16 0 2 0 18
Computer Information Systems 0 0 9 0 8 0 17
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 14 2 0 0 16
Public Health 0 0 0 0 16 0 16
Mathematics 0 0 11 0 5 0 16
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 15 0 1 0 16
Human Resource Management 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Anthropology 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 8 1 2 0 11
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 0 11 0 0 11
Philosophy 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Romance Languages 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
International Studies 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Sustainability Science 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Chemistry 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Physics 0 0 1 0 4 1 6
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 2 2 4
Medical Science 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Sociology 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Ethnic Studies 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Physical Science Technicians 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Management Information Systems 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Germanic Languages 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Design & Applied Arts 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Museum Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Social Work 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 7 45 1,352 52 602 234 2,292

References

*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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