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Reviews 827 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

College Junior

Party Scene: I am not a drinker, nor am I in Greek life. But, from what I know from those around me, parties are very easy to find but unfortuantely cater to a ton of underage drinking and result in minors and DUIs.

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.

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

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office is horrible, the people make you feel as though you are so unwelcome you forget you are in the Midwest

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is no variety, the food is over priced and it drives you insane

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: tiny rooms and you pay double the amount you'd pay for a spacious apartment.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am living in a house next year, and I am paying about half of what I would pay for a year in a traditional dorm, which is very nice! Most off-campus living is affordable and available, although places tend to fill up pretty fast, so getting in early is smart. Many landlords are pretty good, and most places have parking lots, which is great!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Vermillion has a number of great local and ethnic options. My personal favorites are Cafe Brule and Silk Road. They also have a few chain restaurants that suit a college student's wallet quite well.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: For the most part, all of USD's policies benefit and protect the students.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I do not party. If you're a student who does enjoy partying, just make sure you do it off-campus. That way you get to avoid any trouble with UPD and Housing.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid went very smoothly for me. All I had to do was apply for FAFSA. As you continue your education in your junior and senior years, make sure to check for scholarships in your chosen field and apply!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus food is delicious, but the newer restaurants can be pretty expensive. The Commons is also a great option, but it can be a little hit or miss.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing at the University of South Dakota can be a little disorganized, but overall it's been a great experience for me. I've never had trouble getting into the dorms I've wanted, and I really enjoy my RAs and the programs they provide for my floor. The traditional dorms are just that, traditional dorm experiences. They offer a more social environment and are great for freshman who want to come and make new friends. The last two years I've lived in Coyote Village, on of the apartment options offered on campus. I really like the privacy and peace I get here.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They don't really help you at all.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: More places should accept Flex.

4 College Freshman

Administration: As long as the issue can be solved, it's pretty good.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party actually starts any time during the week.


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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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