The University of South Dakota Online

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Founded in 1862 as the University at Vermillion, the University of South Dakota (USD) is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of South Dakota's higher education system. The institution comprises nine schools of learning -- including USD Online -- and nearly 500 faculty. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school's graduate business programs among the best in the nation since 2014, and the USD Sanford School of Medicine is one of the top institutions for rural medicine. Additionally, tuition rates are the same regardless of a student's residency status, making USD an affordable and quality location to earn a degree.

The University of South Dakota Tuition, Accreditation, and Admissions Info


Accreditation and Approvals

The University of South Dakota is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Additional accreditations include the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education for the School of Education, the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association for the clinical psychology program, and AACSB International for the Beacom School of Business.


University of South Dakota acceptance rate for undergraduate students is 87%. First-year students must have a 2.6 GPA, place in the top half of their graduating class, earn a 21 composite ACT score or 1070 SAT score, or earn at least a three on the English Language Arts and Mathematics Smarter Balanced Assessments. Applicants should also fulfill prerequisite coursework in fields such as English and math. Candidates must submit high school transcripts, along with a $20 application fee and SAT/ACT scores.

Transfer students under the age of 24 with less than 24 college credits must fulfill these same requirements. Additionally, learners submit college transcripts and with at least a 2.0 GPA.

In general, prospective graduate students complete an application and pay a fee, and submit personal statements and transcripts. However, each program may require different application materials. For instance, some programs may require recommendation letters, but the number of recommendations may vary among programs. Candidates should consult advisors about necessary application elements.

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