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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota
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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.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Vermillion
Population | 11,695
Enrollment | 9,464
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 8/21-12/13
Spring | 1/8-5/4

Campus Diversity

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


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
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 USA 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.
  • Business - The Beacom School of Business is the region’s leader in business education offering a quality program that is fully accredited by AACSB International.
  • Computer Science - At USD, our award-winning and highly experienced faculty have more than 35 combined years of teaching experience, specializing in artificial intelligence, machine learning and more. We are the first computer science program in the state of South Dakota, offering the state's only artificial intelligence program. Our students learn to think outside the box and creatively solve problems.

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, Advertising, Anthropology... ++ show all


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
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 71.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Host/Home Pay
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Host Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Host Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/23/23

  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $4716.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $20 Year Host & Home Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $150 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $100 Year Host & Home Optional
Activity Fee $54.50 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $170 Year Host & Home Optional
International Student Fee $150 Semester Host & Home Mandatory

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/23/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 34% living on campus
  • Double: $2329
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Double occupancy traditional style dorm room $2329

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Yote Pack 70 (Default Meal Plan) 70 meals/semester $1,180.00 flex/semester Available to ALL students $1,999.00/semester


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/23/23

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


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