Location
Vermillion, SD
Undergrads
4,422
Tuition (in-state)
$9,650 ($7,704)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 652 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are way to many fast-food places and not a lot of healthy options around. I wish that would change.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live off campus now but next semester I will be living on campus and the process was a bit annoying. Even if I will be a second year student I am being processed as a first year student. I think this is unfair because I should not have to be placed in the first year residence halls.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I would say that everything is really great around campus! I feel safe walking around but its better when there is someone else because you can talk to them. The health center is amazing even though I've only been in there once.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Scholarships are a little harder to get especially if your not a new student or transfer student. Financial aid is difficult at times if you don't have the correct information or if you mess up on one little thing. Its frustrating at times.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: In the winter it is horrible! I hate walking across campus to my next class in a windchill of negative 0 or less. In the summer it is perfectly fine! I love walking around campus because I get my exercise and it's warm that its comfortable.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't encounter much at the school really. I live off campus this semester so I'm not as involved.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are not many computers on campus. I have my own computer so I don't mind so much but for others it could be a problem because the library fills up fast. It would be nice to have your own personal computer in your dorm because having to go to the library just to print a document is pointless. And the money given to use that printer is not enough either.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Personally, I hate Greek life. I'm not saying that I don't like the people that are in Greek life but I wouldn't choose it for myself. The people are still nice with the exception of some girls thinking they are better than everyone else because they are in a Sorority or Fraternity. I'd rather be myself and not let anyone else judge me.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience so far at USD has been amazing. Being a transfer student I was a bit hesitant because I always heard the stories about USD and its hard core parties but in the end I would come here all over again. If I had the choice to go back in time and start here from the very beginning of my college education I would.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I know the students could support our teams much more. This past semester during football season it was sad to see that not many people went to the games unless it was D-Days.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I know of many students going out to party during the weekdays but mostly on weekends. Personally, I don't go out because I'm not 21 yet and I can wait a few more months. Plus I'm in college to get an education and not kill my brain cells. Not going to lie it is tempting going out with my friends but in the end I always feel better when I say no and stay in.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Vermillion is a college town which in return signifies it is a party town. I always hear students talking about a party the night before even if its during the week. On the weekends students go all out. It would be nice if there were more rules and policies enforced outside of the dorms. Overall, everything seems to be ok and the students who choose not to go out don't have to.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Vermillion is a college town so of course there are many things going on. There is always some type of activity going on whether it being on campus or off campus. The students are nice as well. I was a transfer student and lived off campus. Within the first month I had many new friends, with whom I still have relationships with. Overall, Vermillion is very inviting and would highly recommend this college to anyone!

3 College Junior

Athletics: I am an online student and do not have much access to our athletic facility.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Everything is very close in proximity to each other so students either walk, ride a bike, or drive onto campus.

4 College Senior

Weather: I have lived in this area my entire life so I do not have a problem dealing with the weather. However, there have been a few times I think it would be advisable to call off school due to the safety of students and teachers coming from a distance in the winter.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel like the campus health and safety does a good job watching out for its students and making them feel safe. I feel like, for the most part, they keep up on controlling the drinking and drugs that happen on college campuses and prevent students from harming themselves due to this activity.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I enjoy the off campus options here. While I tend to eat at the same places, There are a lot of variety and the cost is pretty student friendly. I feel like restaurants could offer more student discounts. It would be nice to have a bigger chain restaurant in the area such as Perkins, Applebees, or Chilies. I really enjoy Cafe Brule, Chaes, Hy-Vee, and Mexico Viejo.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I enjoyed living in the dorms for the social aspect but the quality and space was lacking. Coyote Village was very nice and higher quality but social aspect was lacking. The price was outrageous however! I felt like the cost of living was higher than it needed to be, seeing you can live for a whole year off campus for less than living in the dorms for 8 months. It was easy to sign up for housing and pretty easy to get the roommates you wanted.

4 College Senior

Academics: I feel like there are great opportunities for academic success here at USD. The professors and the curriculum offered here is designed to help students to succeed. The professors are knowledgeable and helpful and are good at explaining and answering questions for the most part. The curriculum for the more major classes are rigorous and teach you the material you need to know for your future. Some material and courses are irrelevant to your career path but allow you to get a more well-rounded liberal arts education.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The commons gets old fast and other than the salad bar and sub sandwich place there are only a select few healthy options. Everything is overpriced and the quality is not worth the price. I do like the quesadillas, paninni's, and noodle options on campus. The Home Zone was good too when that was there. Also, the home baked breads, and goodies were great! I miss those now that I am off campus. They do have a variety of healthy choices such as fruit, veggies, yogurt, hummus, etc. that is appreciated. I do really enjoy Qudoba and have not been to Einstien's yet but it looks good. The coffee on campus is also good but overpriced. My main complaint is the quality of food at the commons and the price of food.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I am lucky and got an apartment off campus that is about 3 blocks away. It is very affordable compared to other housing options and is well kept. There are a few problems and it is not the newest apartment but it is still of good quality. The school did not give any help on finding off campus living and does not allow you to live off campus (unless for special reason) until you are a Junior.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love USD. It is my home away from home. I have a great sense of family here, from my friends and teammates, to my coaches, professors, and community members I have met. Everyone here wants the best for you and seeks the best for you. They want to see you succeed, not fail. I have had many great memories here and opportunities from internships, projects, research, track and cross country meets, traveling opportunities, education, volunteer opportunities, the chance to be a student missionary and come closer to God, and extra-curricular involvement. Without these experiences, I would not be the person I am today or be equipped to be the person I want to be in the future.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I feel like the community of Vermillion is behind its athletes and students. I feel like we have great professors who have had a lot of opportunities to better themselves and make them credible with connections to help students succeed after graduation.The professors and advisers here really care about the students and their success and do everything they can to help them achieve their goals. I think we have some of the best facilities and are progressing to have better facilities to facilitate learning, growth, fun, and competition. We also have one of the largest FOCUS programs on campus in the country, seeking to bring students to Jesus Christ. It has been blowing up and it is due to the work of student missionaries, FOCUS missionaries, and most importantly God above.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I am an athlete and appreciate the facilities, coaches, and teammates I work with. Everyone is very focused on furthering the program and trying to bring it to the next level on many different aspects: team performance, facilities, opportunities, conference play, etc. I feel like we have a good support system from the community and from some students but could use more support from students on campus. Students leave at half-time of football games, and their attendance is weak for sports other than football and big rivalry games in other sports. School spirit is emphasized by students and professors but should be improved. For the most part, professors are good about working with student-athletes on missed classes and tests and allowing them to make up the information. I am very excited for the new facilities we will be acquiring in the future. They will be state of the art and the best in the state. It will definitely allow the program to grow bigger and better.

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Kerry Hacecky
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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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