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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD



  1. The state's flagship university: big-time university with a small-college feel.
  2. NCAA Division I: Come experience Tailgate Nation!
  3. Choose from more than 120 organizations and clubs!

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 | 10,801
Enrollment | 9,920
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host (A)
Term Dates
Fall | 8/19-11/25
Spring | 1/11-5/7

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

  • Accounting
  • Animation and Special Effects
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Finance/Banking
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Military Sciences
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Russian
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Women and Gender Studies


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 08/24/20.
  • Estimated cost: $4665.75.
  • 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 08/24/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $100 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $166 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.

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 08/24/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 28% living on campus
  • Double: $2140
  • 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.
  • $2064.7035 per semester for 17 meals per week.
  • $1662.45 per semester for 10 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Yote Pack 70 (Default Meal Plan) 70 meals/semester $1,087.00 flex/semester Available to ALL students $1,875.50/semester

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/24/20.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.

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