University of South Dakota Teaching Programs
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.
University of South Dakota Rankings
USD holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in South Dakota ranking.
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
USD has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at USD.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards USD has earned from around the web.
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Where Is University of South Dakota?
Contact details for USD are given below.
|Address:||414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390|
How Do I Get Into USD?
You can apply to USD online at: apply.sdbor.edu/login.cfm
Admission Requirements for USD
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||required|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into USD?
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.
Can I Afford University of South Dakota?
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 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
There are also 2,445 graduate students at the school.
Of the 4,899 full-time undergraduates at USD, 37% are male and 63% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of South Dakota students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||151|
|Hispanic or Latino||196|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at USD has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 6th 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 #35 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|
|Physical Education Teaching & Coaching||12%|
|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|
|Instructional Media Design||#2|
|General Educational Leadership & Administration||#4|
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 Teaching Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
|General Educational Leadership & Administration||0||0||93||23||116|
|Physical Education Teaching & Coaching||90||0||26||0||116|
|General Special Education||24||0||8||0||32|
|Curriculum & Instruction||0||0||0||3||3|
|English & Language Arts Education||3||0||0||0||3|
|Reading Teacher Education||0||1||0||0||1|
|Indian/Native American Education||0||0||0||0||0|
|Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services||0||0||0||0||0|
|Drama & Dance Education||0||0||0||0||0|
|Social Science Teacher Education||0||0||0||0||0|
|Speech Teacher Education||0||0||0||0||0|
*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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