University of South Dakota

University of South Dakota Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how University of South Dakota ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is University of South Dakota Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of South Dakota was awarded 343 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general human services.

Overall Quality

USD is ranked #705 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 15 colleges in South Dakota, USD is ranked at #7.

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Is It Hard to Get Into USD?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 87%, University of South Dakota is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 3% of students accepted to USD submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 590. Math scores were between 500 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 510 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 500 to 640 )
USD received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for University of South Dakota  ( 20 to 25 )

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University of South Dakota Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, University of South Dakota is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of South Dakota is 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of South Dakota

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of South Dakota has a freshmen retention rate of 78%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At USD this rate is 33%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  33 out of 100

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University of South Dakota Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,475 undergraduates at USD with 4,899 being full-time and 2,576 being part-time.

How Much Does University of South Dakota Cost?

The overall average net price of USD is $18,555. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for USD

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,517 $15,866 $18,850 $20,175 $20,031

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of USD, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At USD, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $7,283 a year. That adds up to $29,132 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USD is 4.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do USD Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from USD with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $42,000 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at University of South Dakota make the most money.

Location of University of South Dakota

Located in Vermillion, South Dakota, University of South Dakota is a public institution. Vermillion is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for USD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
Phone: 605-658-6200

University of South Dakota Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 66 majors graduated from University of South Dakota. Of these students, 1,339 received undergraduate degrees and 783 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 238 $55,900
Health Sciences & Services 97 $33,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 75 $37,400
General Biology 72 $24,600
Business Administration & Management 71 $37,100
Communication & Media Studies 66 $31,400
General Psychology 56 $31,100
Criminal Justice & Corrections 49 $35,400
Mental & Social Health Services 49 $31,400
Accounting 48 $40,900

Learn more about the majors offered at University of South Dakota along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at USD

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 4,939 students took at least one online class at University of South Dakota. This is an increase from the 4,627 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 4,939 2,904
2017-2018 4,627 2,890
2016-2017 4,764 3,087
2015-2016 4,438 2,768
2013-2014 3,225 63

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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