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About University of South Dakota

University of South Dakota is a public, state school in an small town setting in Vermillion, South Dakota. University of South Dakota was founded in 1862 and now enrolls around 9,459 students a year, including 7,103 undergrads.

University of South Dakota's endowment was valued at $231,416,534 in 2021. The institution spends around $10,011 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 16 undergraduate students for every full-time University of South Dakota professor.

2021 University of South Dakota Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 91%
Average GPA 3.4
In-State Tuition $7,697
Out-of-State $11,172

2022 University of South Dakota Regular Decision Application Deadline

All regular decision applicants will be notified by August 1.

Early Admission at University of South Dakota

University of South Dakota does not offer early decision or early action.

University of South Dakota Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of South Dakota is 91%. In 2021, 3,085 out of 3,392 total applicants were accepted. ### University of South Dakota Waitlist

University of South Dakota reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into University of South Dakota?

University of South Dakota is considered to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to University of South Dakota, applicants must submit the following items.

University of South Dakota Application Requirements

GPA and Test Scores for University of South Dakota

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.4 /4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to University of South Dakota.

University of South Dakota Waitlist

University of South Dakota reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

Does University of South Dakota Require the ACT or SAT?

University of South Dakota is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 4% submitted the SAT. 90% submitted the ACT.


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Dorms at University of South Dakota

Yes! University of South Dakota provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at University of South Dakota.

Financial Aid at University of South Dakota

University of South Dakota meets 56.5% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $8,663 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is University of South Dakota a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of South Dakota

About 81% of students who start at University of South Dakota return for their second year of college. Out of the 1,093 students who started at University of South Dakota as first-time freshman, 469 graduate within four years.

University of South Dakota's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 60%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for University of South Dakota Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $29,336 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does University of South Dakota sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is University of South Dakota a good school for you?

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Where is University of South Dakota Located?

University of South Dakota is located in the small town setting of Vermillion, South Dakota.

If you want to see University of South Dakota for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 29 to Vermillion, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Sioux Falls Regional Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of South Dakota and Vermillion are like without leaving home.

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College Info

414 East Clark Street Vermillion, SD 57069

Campus Setting: Small Town

University of South Dakota Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of South Dakota is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of South Dakota is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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University of South Dakota ACT Scores

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ACT Range

20 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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University of South Dakota SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1230

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500 - 625

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500 - 620

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University of South Dakota Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$18,942

In State

$22,417

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$7,697
$11,172
Fees
$1,635
$1,635
Housing
$8,410
$8,410
Books
$1,200
$1,200

Student Life

Wondering what life at University of South Dakota is like? There are approximately 9,459 students enrolled at University of South Dakota, including 7,103 undergraduate students and 2,356 graduate students. 67% percent of students attend school full-time, 63% percent are from SD and 37% percent of students are from other states.

67%

Full Time

21%

Part Time

63%

In State

37%

Out-of-State

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

9,459

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

91%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$9,332

Out-of-State

$12,807

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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