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

$23,220 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
91% Acceptance Rate

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University of South Dakota Rankings

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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#10 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Value Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Value Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#53 Most Popular Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Best Value Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#124 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

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?

91% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
4% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 91%, USD is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 89%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Average Test Scores

About 4% 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 500 and 620. Math scores were between 500 and 625.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 500 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 500 to 625 )
USD received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 20 to 25 )

Can I Afford University of South Dakota?

$23,220 Net Price
64% Take Out Loans
4.8% 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At USD, approximately 64% of students took out student loans averaging $7,533 a year. That adds up to $30,132 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

4,741 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,103 undergraduate students at USD, with 4,741 being full-time and 2,362 being part-time.


There are also 2,356 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,741 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 141
Hispanic or Latino 193
White 3,974
International Students 94
Other Races/Ethnicities 278

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

2,860 Took All Classes Online
6,003 Took At Least One Class Online
1.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at USD. In 2019-2020, 6,003 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 6th most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of USD

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of South Dakota was $8,457 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $11,338. The following table shows how USD is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Music Education #4 #4
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching #37 #7
Teacher Education Subject Specific #49 #13
Elementary Education #61 #34

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 #1,218 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at USD regardless of major.

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
Reading Teacher Education #156
Teacher Education Subject Specific #389

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.

Curriculum & Instruction 0
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0
Educational/Instructional Technology 0
Indian/Native American Education 0
General Special Education 0
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0
Art Education 0
Biology Education 0
Chemistry Education 0
Drama & Dance Education 0
English & Language Arts Education 0
History Education 0
Mathematics Education 0
Music Education 0
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 0
Reading Teacher Education 0
Science Education 0
Social Science Teacher Education 0
Spanish Education 0
Speech Teacher Education 0
Elementary Education 0
Secondary Education 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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