About University of South Dakota

Tuition, Cost, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Admission Rates

How much does University of South Dakota cost?

University of South Dakota Cost of Attendance
In-state $8,457
Out-of-state $11,688
On-Campus Room and Board $7,535
Off-Campus Room and Board $7,677
Average Annual Cost
Average Cost by Family Income
Family Income Average Cost
Under $30,000 $13,396
$30,000-$48,000 $13,396
$48,000-$75,000 $17,561
$75,000-$110,000 $18,592
Over $110,000 $18,663

University of South Dakota Financial Aid and Debt


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Financial Aid Breakdown for Full-time Incoming Freshman

Aid Type % Receiving Average Amount
Grant or scholarship aid 95% $4,887
Federal Grants 29% $4,812
Pell grants 28% $4,029
Other federal grants 18% $1,350
State/local goverment grant or scholarships 22% $1,267
Institutional grants or scholarships 67% $3,258
Student loan aid 67% $7,068
Federal student loans 67% $6,654
Other student loans 11% $8,564

University of South Dakota Scholarships: Start Earning in High School

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Micro-scholarships* Colleges Awarding Amount
Have work experience 106 Up to $4,000
Do community service 236 Up to $75
Take a foreign language class 141 Up to $3,000
Have perfect attendance for a year 178 Up to $750
Visit a college campus 241 Up to $6,000
Attend a summer program 108 Up to $4,500
Play a sport 127 Up to $600
Take a challenging class 262 Up to $3,000
Do an extracurricular activity 234 Up to $1,000

*GPA and other eligibility restrictions may apply

University of South Dakota Admissions

What is University of South Dakota's admissions rate?
Acceptance Rate 88%
Average GPA
SAT Submissions 5% of applicants
SAT Reading 440-610
SAT Math 450-590
SAT Writing 450-590
ACT Submissions 91% of applicants
Composite Score 20-25

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University of South Dakota Campus Life


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Student Population

Campus Life
Total undergraduates 10096
Living on campus 8%
Transfer Students 53%
Under Age 25 48%
Gender Balance

Student Diversity

Diversity Index: Chance you’ll bump into a diverse range of students
Hispanic or Latino
Black or African American
American Indian or Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

University of South Dakota Graduation Success


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About University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota (USD) is a public coeducational research university located in the small town community of Vermillion, South Dakota. Founded in 1862, USD is the oldest public university in the state. With total enrollment of over 10,000, USD offers the an array of programs across nursing, health science, psychology, journalism, and more.


414 E Clark St
Vermillion, SD

Type Public
Profit Status
Category Research Universities
Setting Distant Town
* Financial aid is only available for those who qualify