University Of South Dakota

University Of South Dakota

Founded in 1862, the University of South Dakota, or USD, is the state's oldest university. It is located in Vermillion, South Dakota. USD is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse fields of study. USD is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Beacom School of Business
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Sanford School of Medicine
  • School of Education
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Law

USD's athletic teams are nicknamed the Coyotes. The university competes at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the Great West Conference for all sports.

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University of South Dakota
414 E Clark St
Vermillion , SD 57069-2390
General Phone: (605) 677-5301

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University of South Dakota Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management282business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing
Education and Teaching275curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, English teaching, math teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine249registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling235psychology, counseling psychology, communication disorders, substance abuse counseling, clinical social work, physical therapy
Liberal Arts161Native American studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, liberal arts and humanities, international studies, ...
Medical Support and Technology85audiology, dental hygienist, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Science83biology, biomedical sciences, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Family and Social Work64human services, public administration
Media53mass communication
Security and Law Enforcement44criminal justice and safety
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy22parks and recreation studies, occupational therapy
Medical Administration22health care facilities management, community health
Art Studies20art studies
Music19music, music performance
Drama and Performing Arts14drama, theatre design
Computer Science and Engineering12computer and info science
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy
Engineering0engineering management

Number of programs and degrees for University of South Dakota in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree81952
Master's degree44833
Post-master's certificate05
Doctor's degree839
Postbaccalaureate certificate165
First-professional degree1402
Associate's degree2844
Award of less than 1 academic year01

University of South Dakota Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of South Dakota had a total enrollment of 9,243 students (6,543 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 88%
Part-Time 12%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 72%
Graduate 23%
First Professional 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 20%
20-21 22%
22-24 21%
25-29 15%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Dakota72%
(International Students)1%

University of South Dakota Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %
Part-Time 58 %

University of South Dakota Room and Board (2007)

University of South Dakota offers campus housing for 2,265 of its 6,543 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Vermillion, South Dakota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Dakota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

University of South Dakota Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470655
SAT Math480610
SAT Writing470655
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT4%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

University of South Dakota Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,828
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,148
Room and board $ 5,442
Room charge $ 2,662
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,781
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 3,577

Financial Aid:
University of South Dakota participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 347400)

University of South Dakota Faculty

University of South Dakota has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year10$97,9913$100,436
Associate professorcalendar year6$81,7984$66,056
Assistant professorcalendar year7$56,5625$67,584
Instructorcalendar year6$45,4997$44,561
No academic rankcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year31$71,59419$63,967

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year43$89,34517$90,517
Associate professoracademic year47$64,15221$61,871
Assistant professoracademic year48$56,91741$54,092
Instructoracademic year13$38,18928$36,567
Lectureracademic year1*0*
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year153$66,689107$56,820

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University of South Dakota Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports98089

University of South Dakota Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education

Engineering/Industrial Management

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
American Indian/Native American Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Physician Assistant

Medicine (MD)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical/Medical Social Work
Communication Disorders, General
Counseling Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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