University of South Dakota
414 E Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
(605) 677-5301
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

The University of South Dakota is a public, four-year institution located in Vermillion, SD. It is a large university with approximately 10,000 students, according to College Navigator. The school boasts many well-respected programs the only medical school in South Dakota. Its medical school is also ranked by U.S. News & World Report for research and primary care. Several notable politicians, athletes, and public figures graduated from the University of South Dakota, including journalist and news anchor Tom Brokaw and Ernest O. Lawrence, the 1939 Nobel Prize winner for Physics.

Programs Offered

The University of South Dakota’s distance learning division is extensive, with online bachelor’s and master’s degrees offered across several disciplines. Students can choose from degrees in business, health sciences, education, and arts and sciences. Some associate degree programs are also available online. Hybrid learning programs for select degrees are available in partnership with some of USD’s satellite campuses around the state. Non-credit community education programs and customized professional learning and continuing education classes are also available online.


The University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1913.


To apply to the University of South Dakota, students must submit a $20 application fee along with their application. Official test scores and their high school transcript also must be sent directly to the school. Applicants should have at least a 2.6 GPA and a class rank in the top 50% of their high school class. The deadline for admission with scholarship consideration is January 13. Graduate admissions requirements and deadlines vary depending on the degree. Applicants should consult the program website for specific details about how to apply for the graduate program in their field of choice.

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