Location
Vermillion, SD
Undergrads
4,422
Tuition (in-state)
$9,650 ($7,704)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 692 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If you are smart about what you do, you don't get in trouble. The people enforcing it don't need to crack down often.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Awesome opportunities to get help and the sports training facilities are top tier.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The honors program and the medical biology major have been two major selling points for me. The honors program can be easily backed out of if the need arises, and the medical biology is tailored towards helping one prepare for medical school.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love how Medical Biology is specifically tailored towards preparing students for med. school.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Great support group of intelligent people but with so much going on throughout campus, it can be hard to stay focused.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The ability to go to school and do research is huge for me. It is a great resume builder, brings in money, and helps me learn more!

4 College Freshman

Academics: The education opportunities are fantastic, but classes fill up quickly.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A few fast food places, not much in terms of choices and healthy foods though.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have never been a fan of college dorms, so I appreciate the possibility to enjoy more space in the Coyote Village.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not what I expected at all, Greek life helps students get involved in the community, meet more friends, and get help in just about any aspect of school!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is no more healthy or unhealthy as your regular blend between home cooked meal and fast food. I dislike the fact that money from meal plans don't transfer from year to year.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams do very well in their division, but there is not much in terms of competition either. Just about everyone on campus is involved in some sort of sport and we really come together to support our sports teams! Also, the weight training facilities are impeccable and well stocked.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was very lucky to receive a great scholarship at my college, but from what I have heard from others is that USD can be stingy in terms of scholarships. Really good scholarships are few and competition is tight.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is quiet, which is nice, but it is not much of a diverse town considering that half of the population is college students.

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I attended Mount Marty my Freshmen year of college, and as you can see from my rating, it flat out sucked. The campus was extremely small and it seemed like I was the ONLY student not involved in a sport, so I felt left out all of the time. Most importantly, there is no football team in Yankton. This made Friday nights (well, the whole entire year) so boring. Mount Marty was so dull that I traveled home every weekend so that I did not have to stay at school. Needless to say, I am stoked to be going to a large university where there will be more people like me!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I have yet to attend USD, as this Fall will be my first year attending. From my visits to the campus and the stories that have been told to me by my friends, I can tell that athletics is a major part of the school year. Game days are exciting enough for students to get pumped up all week for.

2 College Senior

Weather: During the winter it is hard to walk to class in negative degree weather and the wind blowing you around. I have skipped class at times because of the snow and cold. I also walked once to class in a rain storm. Campus had flooded so much that I was walking in water up to my ankles. They never called off classes because of weather in the four years that I have been there.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus but i have rated according to what my friends have told me about living off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many of the students at USD have to dress according to the weather because it ranges so much throughout the year. But for the most part I believe that most students act and dress like their own gender stereotype.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The vast majority of computers at school are located in the library, while each of the smaller buildings may have a few computers available to students. The printing on campus is decently expensive, it costs seven cents per page (the school supplies a student twenty five dollars for the school year), and fifteen cents per color page (which the school does not supply and money for). The wireless access around campus is good but the reliability and speed of the network is not on par. I once had a professor advise me not to take an online test using the schools wifi because of the network stability issues.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some of my favorite experiences at the University of South Dakota are Dakota Days and any rivaly game between USD and SDSU.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: While the largest and most notable drug used on campus is alcohol it is not uncommon to overhear other students speaking about different drugs such as Adderall or Marijuana (which are the other two most abused). While some students frown upon doing these drugs many others do not even try to hide the fact that they are using them.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The University of South Dakota is a predominantly caucasian school with the exception of a small population of Native American students. As for the economic background of the students I believe that it is slightly diverse and that some students come from families that are better off than others. Sexual orientation is not a very large issue on campus or if it is it is not made publicly know, I believe that this is because the school is predominantly Liberal and therefore more accepting of gay students.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is not really a major concern in the city of Vermillion or at the University. While there are no long distance options in town, there is a local late night but that picks up students from downtown so that they are not required to walk or attempt to drive.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Vermillion is a very nice town with a population of about 10,000 people. One of the main scenic attractions is Prentis Park. There are a few activities around town but the city does not do a very good job of informing college students about these events. The city of Vermillion feels quite safe, there are always officers patrolling the town and keeping everything in order. The sports again are only through the college and the turn out is nowhere near phenomenal. The locals of Vermillion, I believe are not particularly fond of students. There seems to be a rift between the University and members of the community.

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Kerry Hacecky
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Journalism/Public Relations/English minor
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USD may not be well-known nationally, but the Midwest ranks many of the University’s departments as some of the top ones in the area, and most of the students say they wouldn’t wish to be anywhere else. Students unhappy with USD are usually those that are unhappy with the locale and the expected degree of work. After all, there’s nothing wrong with small-town South Dakota. In fact, when it comes to a friendly atmosphere, USD couldn’t get much better. Whether you’re in class or just hanging out chatting on one of Vermillion’s green lawns, students and faculty on campus are polite, conversational, and generally happy. And with all the tutorial opportunities and student advisors, leaders, and philanthropists, USD students, for the most part, are always willing to meet a new face and began a new friendship.

USD may lack transportation and have students who speak with a Midwestern accent, but there definitely is a huge variety of student interests, considering the school attracts not only city kids and future doctors but also farm-raised tomboys and top ACT rankers. But because of this, USD has adapted to being prepared to deal with classmates that may have everything or nothing in common. It is part of what makes the campus, classes, and community so neat. If you’re looking for the friendliness of a small community, the competition of a top school, and the educational opportunities of a private institution, USD has the ability to offer all three. In addition, while here, you’ll have every chance possible to do some hands-on researching, be part of some amazing organizations, receive some downhome attention, and make friends to last a lifetime.

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