Resources › For Students and Parents University of South Dakota Admissions ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More Share Flipboard Email Print University of South Dakota Student Wellness Center. Jrobb525 / Wikimedia Commons For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated August 07, 2017 University of South Dakota Description: The University of South Dakota is a public university located on a 274-acre campus in Vermillion, a small city less than an hour northwest of Sioux City, Iowa. Founded in 1862, USD is the state's oldest university. The campus has been undergoing major renovation and expansion in recent years. Students can choose from 132 majors and minors supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio. High achieving students should look into the university's Honors Program for a more personalized and challenging undergraduate experience. Social life at USD is active with over 120 student clubs and organizations. On the athletic front, the University of South Dakota Coyotes compete in the NCAA Division I Summit League. Popular sports include football, track and field, soccer, and basketball. Admissions Data (2016): University of South Dakota Acceptance Rate: 88%Test Scores -- 25th / 75th PercentileSAT Critical Reading: 440 / 610SAT Math: 450 / 590SAT Writing: - / -What these SAT numbers meanACT Composite: 20 / 25ACT English: 19 / 25ACT Math: 19 / 26ACT Writing: - / -What these ACT numbers mean Enrollment (2016): Total Enrollment: 10,038 (7,500 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 38% Male / 62% Female66% Full-time Costs (2016 - 17): Tuition and Fees: $8,457 (in-state); $11,688 (out-of-state)Books: $1,200 (why so much?)Room and Board: $7,535Other Expenses: $4,185Total Cost: $21,377 (in-state); $24,608 (out-of-state) University of South Dakota Financial Aid (2015 - 16): Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of AidGrants: 80%Loans: 67%Average Amount of AidGrants: $4,817Loans: $7,068 Academic Programs: Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Contemporary Media/Journalism, Criminal Justice, Dental Hygiene, Elementary Education, Psychology Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates: First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76%Transfer Out Rate: 29%4-Year Graduation Rate: 34%6-Year Graduation Rate: 54% Intercollegiate Athletic Programs: Men's Sports: Football, Swimming, Golf, Basketball, Track and FieldWomen's Sports: Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics If You Like the University of South Dakota, You May Also Like These Schools: South Dakota State University: ProfileUniversity of Wyoming: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphUniversity of Iowa: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphBoise State University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphCreighton University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphColorado State University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphMinnesota State University - Mankato: ProfileUniversity of Nebraska: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphAugustana University: ProfileBlack Hills State University: ProfileUniversity of North Dakota: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT Graph University of South Dakota Mission Statement: mission statement from http://www.usd.edu/about-usd/mission-and-values "The University of South Dakota offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs within the South Dakota System of Higher Education. As the oldest university in the state, the University of South Dakota serves as the flagship and the only public liberal arts university in the state."