University of South Dakota

716 reviews
  1. Vermillion, SD
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
University of South Dakota is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, SD 57069

University of South Dakota Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
SAT Range
870-1050
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$15,530/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,819/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,255/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,831/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,845/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,885/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
82%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
72%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,876Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    81%
  • Naive
    8%
  • Preppy
    8%
  • Tool
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
44%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.63 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.78 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Actually pretty great!
    32%
  • Just an average college.
    25%
  • Pretty good with friendly people/professors
    25%
  • It is a good school for the price you pay.
    18%

After University of South Dakota

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.29 responses

Reviews

716 reviews
  • Excellent
    73
  • Very Good
    267
  • Average
    306
  • Poor
    53
  • Terrible
    17
The University of South Dakota is an amazing college that provides many opportunities for involvement for the students. The campus is exquisite and gorgeous with its older buildings along with the multitude of trees and even the inventive glass structures of the School of Business and the Medical School. The dorm rooms are very spacious and feel like home. The professors are awesome and with such smaller classes than one might find at a larger university there is a chance to connect with professors and receive the help that is required to pass a class. The food is also incredibly delicious here with many varieties to choose from Chinese food to bagels to a nice plate of spaghetti.
  • Freshman
  • 2 months ago
Compared to other schools for how much money it costs, it is one of the best schools to go to to get your degree. I have never heard a complaint about anything other than your expected typical college experience. If you pick carefully and ask around you can always get teachers that are pretty good at worrying that you succeed, they are very engaging and have surprisingly held my attention for some dull topics. I feel very comfortable and safe in Vermillion and it also has great places you can go such as going on some hiking trails or going to the beach. I wouldn't choose to go to any other school.
  • College Freshman
  • 7 months ago
The facilities themselves are absolutely amazing not only for the athletes but also for nonathletes. The only reason I go to the gym is because you meet so many great people since they have so many things to do there it just draws people in, such as a huge rock wall. But sports performance wise.... its cool to go to the games becasue a lot of people from the town come but a lot of people think our football team is not good so people go to the games just to have a good time, but everyone leaves at halftime. None of the other sports get much attention besides basketball. One could argue that basketball is the best sport at USD. We recently won a huge tournament for womens basketball and filled the entire stadium. Boys basketball is fun too but our girls team is amazing, we even lost our girls coach after winning to UNL.
  • College Freshman
  • 7 months ago