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University of South Dakota Overview

University of South Dakota is a public institution located in Vermillion, South Dakota. The location of U of South Dakota is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

What Is University of South Dakota Known For?

4,908 Full-Time Undergraduates
$18,075 Avg Cost After Aid
87% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at U of South Dakota is 5%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest degree offered at U of South Dakota is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 68% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from U of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree make about $42,000 a year. That's 3% more than those who graduate from other schools.

University of South Dakota Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, U of South Dakota is ranked #610 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. It is also ranked #4 out of 11 schools in South Dakota.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that U of South Dakota has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for U of South Dakota

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for the Money 86
Best Colleges for Veterans 410
Best Colleges for International Students 521
Best Colleges 610
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 640
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,594

Where Is University of South Dakota?

Location of University of South Dakota

Contact details for U of South Dakota 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 U of South Dakota?

You can apply to U of South Dakota online at: apply.sdbor.edu/login.cfm

Admission Requirements for U of South Dakota

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 U of South Dakota?

87% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
3% Submit SAT Scores
Since U of South Dakota has an acceptance rate of 87%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

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 U of South Dakota 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
U of South Dakota 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?

$18,075 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
4.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of U of South Dakota is $18,075. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for U of South Dakota

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,405 $15,356 $18,039 $19,725 $19,913

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 U of South Dakota, 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 U of South Dakota 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

4,908 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,648 undergraduate students at U of South Dakota, with 4,908 being full-time and 2,740 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  U of South Dakota

There are also 2,613 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,908 full-time undergraduates at U of South Dakota, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  U of South Dakota

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of U of South Dakota Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 64
Black or African American 123
Hispanic or Latino 166
White 4,153
International Students 134
Other Races/Ethnicities 268

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 U of South Dakota. 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 U of South Dakota. 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 U of South Dakota 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 U of South Dakota

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 U of South Dakota regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of U of South Dakota 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 U of South Dakota 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 U of South Dakota.

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, University of South Dakota awarded 2,794 undergraduate degrees and 1,672 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 58 45 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 24 0
Anthropology 0 13 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 2 2
Business Administration & Management 0 59 102 0
Chemistry 0 0 7 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 20 6
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 8 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 73 5 0
Communication Sciences 0 25 25 6
Computer Information Systems 0 9 8 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 60 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 3
Dental Support Services 0 36 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 1 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 15 1 0
Economics 0 20 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 93 23
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 1 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 2 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 31 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 16 2 0
General Biology 0 80 15 11
General English Literature 0 20 5 1
General Psychology 0 77 7 5
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 2 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 1 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 14 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 93 0 1
History 0 18 3 0
Human Resource Management 0 13 0 0
Human Services 0 0 37 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 4 0
International Studies 0 8 0 0
Law 0 0 0 51
Liberal Arts General Studies 15 35 13 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 8 2 0
Marketing 0 31 0 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 1
Mathematics 0 11 5 0
Medical Science 0 0 0 4
Medicine 0 0 0 59
Mental & Social Health Services 0 48 60 0
Music 0 5 16 0
Nursing 27 195 0 0
Philosophy 0 11 0 0
Physical Science Technicians 2 0 0 0
Physics 0 1 4 1
Political Science & Government 0 34 3 0
Public Administration 0 0 23 0
Public Health 0 0 16 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 60
Romance Languages 0 8 0 0
Sociology 0 3 0 0
Special Education 0 24 8 0
Sustainability Science 0 8 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 59 21 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 119 26 0
Total 90 2,704 1,204 468

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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