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Reviews 691 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The community and campus is very safe and commfertable and if you dont feel safe walking to your car at night then you can have security escort you.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: USD is a great size and Vermillion even though it is small makes you feel comfertable and at home. Most teachers are amazing and the rest are still okay but none that are unbearable or hard to understand. Professors are suppose to put their students above their research and I loved be cared for like that. Theres a wide variety of courses that are offered and classrooms are nice becasue you wont have a ginormous class size, its big and small enough that you will be unnoticed if you want to be or you will be recognized if you want to be.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I haven't gotten into this part of college much even though you should probably get an internship but from other friends it's been easy to gain a network because the University tries so hard to get you connected.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: At first, I didn't like living in the dorms because I'm not used to having that small of a room and sharing it with someone, but that's what I'm going to get anywhere. The rooms are small and there is a nice private bathroom on every floor instead of using the community showers. I lived on the first floor so it was easy to go from one side of the building to the main area without having to go up and down stairs since you can only get onto your floor. The housing process is pretty easy because you fill out an application and they pick a room for you based off of your wants. Upperclassmen get to select their specific rooms which are nice.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority but my boyfriend is in a fraternity, I'm not quite sure for what all they do but I didn't join a sorority because I've heard once you're in you lose everyone else that's not a part of that house. But fraternity wise the guys were great and were nationally rewarded. there's more fraternities than sororities on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: 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.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: 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.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security is available when needed

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors try to help when asked

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm really not partial to any of it

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school tries to get all students involved in each sport

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There is too much hype over sports

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I enjoy it, but it is also all I know.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It is such a small town that it does create a safe atmosphere. USD requires everyone to go to a meeting informing us what sexual harassment is. It is a serious matter, and there is always someone to come to if it occurs. Such as RAs in the dorms. There are polices usually driving around the main streets and parking lots to make sure everything is okay.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The classes I taken have been okay. The art classes are extremely long, but I can see why. Otherwise, other classes aren't as long. The size of the classes I've taken haven't been that big, so it feels like the professor has a chance to get to know everyone. As for the professor, they are excellent. They straight forward tell the whole class that they are not here to waste our time and money. The advices they give are ones that I would take for the long run. They introduces new information and help us be more open with these topics and ideas.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They do a good job in the art department to get everyone involve with other people outside of USD. They want to build each students' network, and make it easier to find a job. There are always people from other business that visit USD, and talk about their work and try to get people involve. As well as informing us the opportunities we have to be more known in the art world.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is okay. There are ups and downs to it. The dorms are kinda small, but it can be considered cozy. The beds aren't the best, but it wasn't bad. It is easy to meet a lot of new people on the same floor. When people cook in the kitchen, it brings us all together. The cost is decent when there is more than two people living together. Otherwise, it is over priced. There are the main bathrooms and there is a private bathroom for both genders which is nice.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life brings people together. They host events and activities that anyone can join. Their purpose for these things makes an impact in the community and the campus life.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at USD is a big deal I would say. A lot of people go to the games and tailgate. They give incentives throughout the game so the students are still hyped up.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My overall experience has been okay. The classes aren't so bad; but the professors makes it more interesting. They have broaden my mind with their own experiences and advices. For sure my interests in the arts have expanded. Not only do they encourage each student, but the fact that they really do care. Besides that, the atmosphere at USD is welcoming. There is so much diversity, activities, and events that anyone can join.

3 College Student

Overall Experience: I have liked all of the classed I've taken.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus, but I know people that do and they enjoy it.

3 College Student

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority.

3 College Student

Athletics: I'm not a big sports fan.

3 College Student

Overall Experience: Its been mostly generally education classes, so its been okay.

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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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