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Reviews 813 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: It needs to be healthier and with greater variety.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It could be renovated or upgraded a bit more.

College Freshman

Party Scene: Ummmmmmmm I dont know because I dont party. I'm in school to learn

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College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid so I would not know

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The required meal plan for freshman, is stupid.. I got the smallest one required and I dont use it all so in other words.. waste of money

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't the best but they aren't the worst. Kinda small

3 College Junior

Scholarships: the financial aid process was fine

3 College Junior

Party Scene: for how small the town is, the party scene isn't that bad. being from the city I do miss all the choices of differet places to go ( aka 18+ bars/clubs)

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Well looking at other colleges, I do have to say some of them had a lot better dining options on campus. More choices for those who do not have a "normal" diet ( aka vegan, gluten free, etc)

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: When living in the dorms, I had a bast and met some great people. The only thing that i didn't like the last year was that they changed where the commons were , making it harder to get food.

College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not in a Sorority so I could not truly answer this.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I love participating in the intermurals.

3 College Junior

Local Area: It's a small town. The walmart and Hy-vee are my most frequented locations.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: They're are scholarships out there but it seems that when I apply, I never get any of them. And its not like I have a low GPA or not involved. Plus, You never found out if you got them or not. No Congratulations or sorry letters ever sent.


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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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