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Reviews 610 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The people in the music department are so great and welcoming. They make you feel like you belong there which I think is very important. The campus is very beautiful. I think this campus is unique because it is in a small town but it does not feel like it. The campus is also just 45 minutes away from big cities which is nice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: USD is an affordable university to get your degree. While the town may have limited things to do during your free time it is a good environment to get your studies done but have a good time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The University of South Dakota is a good school to attend. Classes are not too hard, but I wish there was more food options.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Attending the University of South Dakota has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! Nice people, gorgeous campus, excellent nursing program and other liberal arts majors. I love it!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It has been a great experience so far! I have enjoyed every bit of it!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great size college. Hit or miss on the professors however.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The classes are easier than my high school classes were, but their also way smaller. Many people go home on the weekends, but you can always find something to do. Greek life at USD is amazing.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I enjoy the school. Good professors, interesting classes, lots of school pride.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of South Dakota is one of the best colleges in the Midwest. It has top notch Greek life and great athletics. The academics of USD are at the top of South Dakota schools. I would not change my choice of The University of South Dakota.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is small enough to get to know the professors but big enough to find friends similar to me.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall experience has been great! It was not easy going to a college where I knew nobody but I made great friends, and I'm happy with my decision.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It has been a great experience so far.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school lacked the diversity I wish it had. The school also didn't have many on campus events going on not did the Greek life really impress me.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I feel as though when it comes to fines, they are pervasive and that USD often relies on these violations to rake in money.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It isn't so bad, but the process is so confusingly bureaucratic that it becomes overwhelming even to those who have done it before

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have only lived in one off-campus apartment, and while it was fairly expensive, the location was perfect and the apartment was pretty nice.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: For the size of Vermillion, I feel like we actually have a decent variety and that the food is pretty good quality.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Administration: Especially in the dorms, I wish the CA's and other authority were more strict because the noise on floors was not controlled very well and prevented sleep. For example, one of my friends lived on a floor where one of the residents would play music on his DJ-grade speakers and it was so loud you could hear it two floors up.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It can be pretty confusing so my tip would be to not be afraid to go into the office or call when you have a question. The financial aid office isn't good about emailing back, so try more personal contact to get answers you need.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Food: I actually enjoy the campus food selections, but I hate how much the school marks up prices in the convenience store. A package of Oreos, for example, is 2.35 or so at HyVee but is over 6.50 in the c-store.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorm life is a great experience but meal plans are awful.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I hate this town so much

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Driving to Sioux Falls is your only real


2 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you come from a big city you will struggle

1 College Freshman

Administration: They just hate being there and make sure you know it


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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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