University of South Dakota

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414 E. Clark Street

Vermillion, SD 57069

Phone: (605) 677-5434
2013-2014 Tuition
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#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. National Universities

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University of South Dakota is a public institution that was founded in 1862. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,690, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 274 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of South Dakota's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 190. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,022 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $10,104 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of South Dakota is the perfect fit for students looking for a smart educational investment. The U is South Dakota's only designated liberal arts university and is consistently rated among the top doctoral institutions in the country. Annually, the U awards scholarships to more than 800 first year students, and 75% of U students receive some form of financial aid through grants, loans and work-study jobs. U students earn the nation's most prestigious scholarships. Our quality of teaching and research prepares students to pursue their passions all over the world, at institutions such as Columbia, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago, and beyond. University of South Dakota students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright, Rhodes, National Science Foundation, Boren, Truman, Udall, Jack Kent Cooke and Goldwater scholarships and grants for graduate study. Personal attention from our award-winning faculty and our welcoming environment makes students feel right at home. As the flagship liberal arts institution in South Dakota, The University of South Dakota, founded in 1862 has long been regarded as a leader in the state and the region. Notable undergraduate and postgraduate alumni include journalist Ken Bode, author and former news anchor Tom Brokaw, writer and Emmy Award winner Dorothy Cooper Foote, U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, USA TODAY Founder Al Neuharth and U.S. Senator John Thune.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1862
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $0


When applying to University of South Dakota, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 5. The application fee at University of South Dakota is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 88.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 88.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 5

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of South Dakota is 17:1, and the school has 51.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of South Dakota include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Psychology; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15%
Health Professions and Related Programs 14%
Education 12%
Psychology 12%
Social Sciences 7%

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Student Life

University of South Dakota has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,690, with a gender distribution of 36.7 percent male students and 63.3 percent female students. At this school, 33 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 72 percent of students live off campus. University of South Dakota is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,284
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of South Dakota offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of South Dakota also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of South Dakota, 94 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of South Dakota.

Students who have cars on campus 94%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of South Dakota, 62.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,096.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,022 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $10,104 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,089 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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