University of South Dakota

University of South Dakota

We're USD - the state's flagship university: The big-time university with a small-college feel. We're memorable mentors and lifelong friends. We're world-class academics and out-of-class opportunities. We're innovative technology and long-standing tradition. We're your university. We Are South Dakota.

Top reasons to study here

  • Our Campus is been called "elegant," "eye-catching" and "naturally beautiful" with a "striking combination of old and new structures."
  • Through our online and off-campus programs, we've moved some of our most popular programs closer to you.
  • Forbes ranks USD among the nation's Top Colleges overall with additional rankings as a Forbes’ Top Research Universities and Best in the Midwest.

Bachelor's programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Law (1)



When the first Legislature of the Dakota Territory met in 1862, it authorized the establishment of the University at Vermillion, making it the oldest postsecondary institution in the Dakotas. The authorization was unfunded, however, and classes did not begin until 20 years later under the auspices of the privately incorporated University of Dakota.


There's nothing quite like attending class on the beautiful USD campus. But with your job, family and other responsibilities, it's not always possible to pursue your degree in Vermillion.

Through our online and off-campus programs, we've moved some of our most popular programs closer to you while helping you move closer to your educational goal: A degree from the University of South Dakota.    


The University of South Dakota is a vibrant setting of innovation artistry and discovery, with research and creative activity opportunity in all disciplines across campus. In addition to individual research, the university hosts multi-disciplinary competitive research centers that foster academic excellence and spur economic growth.


We will coach you through your major curriculum and career plans to ensure you every opportunity to be successful upon graduation.

ACPC can help you with many things during your enrollment at USD, such as:

  • Succeeding academically and socially in your first year
  • Academic scheduling and major exploration, declaration or change
  • Helping you promote your skills to secure internships and employment opportunities
  • Connecting you with employers

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The college years can be filled with new and enriching experiences but can also present challenges which may interfere with your academic progress and emotional well-being. The Student Counseling Center's (SCC) goal is to help you make the most of your years here at USD. On our website you will find information about our services, staff, campus resources, crisis management and how to refer someone. There are also links to self-help tools and general health information.

Library services

The University Libraries strives to advance the teaching, learning, and research priorities of the University of South Dakota by providing services in discovering, accessing, and using authoritative resources and collections.

Medical services

It's never too late to begin the journey to better health, and the Wellness Center is here to help you achieve whatever goal you have set for yourself. We have daily classes, personal trainers and state-of-the-art facilities that will provide you with all the tools necessary to reach your potential.

Student Life

Campus life

It's been called "elegant," "eye-catching" and "naturally beautiful" with a "striking combination of old and new structures." Most of all, it's called "home" by our students, faculty and staff. Come and experience the beauty of USD for yourself.

Sports facilities

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field

Student clubs

There are more than 120 organizations and clubs, including social, sports, religious, pre-professional and hobby groups.


Continuously accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913.

Student Reviews

Great academic experience!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It is a small campus with very dedicated teachers

harsh kapadia rated 4 out of 5 stars

practical knowledge was missing,otherwise overall experience was great

Vermillion, South Dakota, United States

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