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 social atmosphere here at USD is AMAZING! I have been attending the University for just over a semester and I am still constantly meeting new people. Everyone here is so friendly and excited to meet new people. I didn't have many friends coming into my first year here, after one semester I can walk anywhere on campus and see someone I am now friends with. The experience with meeting people here on campus has far surpassed any expectations that I had before I came here. Constantly meeting new people is one of the biggest reasons that I am highly enjoying my time here at the University of South Dakota!
  • College Freshman
  • Feb 11 2014
Although Vermillion doesn't offer a whole lot, USD does. The campus is beautiful, there are trees and green grass everywhere! The dining services are excellent in the sense that students have several options for eating in The Commons or in the campus restaurants. The buildings are very nice including the library which is a nice place to study and the Muenster University Center, a fun place to hang out and grab a bite to eat. There are also convenience stores that are open late. You can get involved in a variety of ways because there are many clubs and organizations. I also love that there are several opportunities to travel to other places whether it be a summer internship in Australia, an exchange program anywhere in the United States, or a year abroad.
  • College Sophomore
  • Aug 31 2012
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.
  • College Senior
  • Mar 31 2014