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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD



  1. Princeton Review names USD's Beacom School of Business as one of its "Best
  2. NCAA Division I: Come experience Tailgate Nation!
  3. There are more than 120 organizations and clubs, including social, sports, relig

About This Campus

Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of over 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

Location Information

Vermillion, South Dakota is located along the Missouri River in southeast South Dakota. Driving time to Sioux Falls, SD - 1hr., Sioux City, IA - 45 min., Omaha, NE - 2hr., Minneapolis, MN - 4hrs. With close proximity to larger cities, it offers friendly, small-town living and access to lots of recreation, including the Missouri river. South Dakota is also home to Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, the Black Hills, and many other sites of historical and cultural interest.

Helpful Information

While Vermillion and USD are very walkable, students are encouraged to have their own transportation for easier access to nearby cities, shopping and recreation opportunities.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Vermillion
Population | 10,000
Enrollment | 10,066
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host (A)
Term Dates
Fall | 8/26-12/18
Spring | 1/13-5/8

Campus Diversity

White | 86%
Black | 3%
Hispanic/Latino | 4%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 2%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 2%
Other | 1%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Dental hygiene and nursing.

OT/PT, College of Fine Arts

Notable Academic Programs

  • Journalism - Famous Alumni of the USD Media and Journalism Department include Al Neuharth, creator of USD Today and Tom Brokaw, author and NBC Nightly News anchor. The department send students around the world for internships and has a strong reputation for graduating students who work at a national-level.
  • Music - USD is home to the National Music Museum and offers opportunities for studies in musical history, performance and education. USD ensembles have won several national awards.
  • Psychology - In addition to addiction studies, counseling and other psychology fields, USD is home to the Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI), one of the leading agencies in the field of disaster psychology. Many faculty actively respond to natural and man-made disasters the world over and specialized classes and a minor in these issues is available.

Unique Academic Programs

  • American Indian Studies - Students can study Lakota culture, language and governance, as well as broader Native American policy and history.
  • Lakota - Lakota Sioux language, culture and governance.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology

Area Studies: International Studies, Latin American Studies, Native American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Theater Art

Athletics: Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Electronic Media Production and Management, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Mass Communication, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Visual Communication Technology

Computer Science: Computer Science, System Administration

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Earth Science

Economics: Economics

Education: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Curriculum/ Instruction Supervision, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, French, Kindergarten Education, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education, Theatre Education

Engineering: Biomedical Engineering

English: English

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Sustainability Studies

General Studies: Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Individualized Degree Program, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies

Health and Safety Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Health Science, Health Services Administration, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Kinesiology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Substance Abuse/Addictions

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science

International Studies: International Studies

Languages: German, Lakota, Latin, Russian, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics

Military Sciences: Military Sciences

Performing Arts: Acting, Design/Technical, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theater, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Education

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Psychology: Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A/B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 05/22/19.
  • Estimated cost: $4530.00.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/22/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $100 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $162 Year Plan A & B Optional
International Student Fee $100 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: The international student fee applies only to students on an F-1 visa.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003474

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/22/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 28% living on campus
  • Double: $2093.75
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $600
  • Proximity to campus: 1 mile
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2014.35 per semester for 17 meals per week.
  • $1621.80 per semester for 10 meals per week.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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