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Year of establishment1862
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Size of Campus in acres274
UG/PG Course Ratio2.4
Faculty/Student Ratio0.067
Endowments ValueUS Dollar 328 million
Scholarships4
No.of Campuses2
Accommodation expenses8398 USD for 3 sharing (UG),8398 USD for 3 sharing (PG)
Meal expenses4402 USD (UG),4402 USD (PG)
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Q:   Does University of South Dakota require the GRE?

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University of South Dakota might accept GRE score for admission to some of the PG courses. Applicants must check the course requirement for the programme they wish to apply in the university. Conducted by ETS, the GRE test or the GRE General test is one of the world’s the largest assessment programmes for graduate admissions to business or law schools. USD accepts unofficial copies of English proficiency test scores, admission test scores and unofficial and unofficial partial transcripts for contingent admission. 

 

Q:   Is the University of South Dakota a good University?

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Yes, the University of South Dakota (USD) offers a diverse and extensive landscape of academics for its students, making it a good choice for all. The University of South Dakota ranks between 1001 and 1200 by THE World University Rankings 2024, and still manages to do well. Additionally, the university is home to seven schools with 200+ undergraduate programs and 72 postgraduate courses for its national and international students on the global platform. Overall, the University is a good choice for international students as it has a holistic learning environment.

 

Q:   How is the campus of University of South Dakota?

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The University of South Dakota is situated on an impressive 274-acre campus nestled near the Missouri River. Old Main, one of the symbols of the schools, is considered as the prominent academic facility on the university's campus. Apart from being home to several classrooms, the campus of the institution also houses an Oscar Howe Museum, the University Honors Program. The university also has a wellness center which includes workout equipment and basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts along with a 3-lane walking track. The Dakota Dome is not only the venue for the university's football, swimming, softball, basketball, etc., but also serves as a student's recreational center.

 

Q:   What is the acceptance rate of the University of South Dakota?

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The acceptance rate for the University of South Dakota is 87%. That means that 87 students are selected from 100 applicants. The University is categorised as a less selective institute. However, applicants must give their best irrespective of the acceptance rate. Submitting all the required documents doesn’t guarantee admission.

 

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Q:   Does the University of South Dakota provide scholarships for international students?

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Yes, all international students are provided with scholarships, and all students who apply for the University of South Dakota are automatically considered up to  USD 3,500/INR 2.90 L per year. However, the university has a scholarship committee that will review your academic marks, GPA and english test. This scholarship doesn't have any deadline, but it is suggested to apply before April 1, 2024.

*USD/INR = 82.88

 

South Dakota University Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :USD 20 - 35
  • Type of deadline :Regular
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Fall29ᵗʰ Jul - 11ᵗʰ Aug 2024
Spring1ˢᵗ Oct 2024
Summer23ʳᵈ - 30ᵗʰ Apr 2024
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Q:   What is the deadline for UG spring admission at University of South Dakota?

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The University of South Dakota offers admissions in two intakes; the Fall intake and the Spring intake. The admissions for Fall 2024 intakes are over. However, international students can apply for the Spring 2025 intake at South Dakota University. Check below the admission deadlines for international students at the Universitsy of South Dakota. 

University of South Dakota Spring 2025

ParticularsUG DatesPG Dates
Application DeadlineOct 1, 2024Oct 1, 2024
I-20 Issuance DeadlineOct 15, 2024Oct 15, 2024
Enrollment and Housing Deposit/Application DeadlineNov 15, 2024Nov 15, 2024
Arrival DeadlineJan 3, 2025Jan 3, 2025
 

Q:   How to apply at the University of South Dakota?

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International students can apply to the University of South Dakota online through the 'Common App' application portal. Besides, applicants can also apply directly through South Dakota University's application portal. However, international students should check the minimum eligibility and deadlines before applying for the University of South Dakota. 

 

South Dakota University Tuition Fees, Duration & Eligibility 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
MS(10 courses)
INR 9 L - 18 L
Duration2 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, TOEFL: 79 & Above, PTE: 53 & Above
B.Sc.(30 courses)
INR 11 L
Duration2-6 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 5.5 - 6, TOEFL: 71 & Above, PTE: 48 & Above
M.A.(19 courses)
INR 10 L - 21 L
Duration1 year-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, TOEFL: 79 & Above, PTE: 53 & Above
MBA/PGDM(4 courses)
INR 10 L - 12 L
Duration18-24 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, TOEFL: 79 & Above, PTE: 53 & Above
BBA(14 courses)
INR 11 L
Duration4-5 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, TOEFL: 71 & Above, PTE: 48 & Above
MFA(7 courses)
INR 12 L - 18 L
Duration2-3 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, TOEFL: 71 - 79, PTE: 53 & Above
B.A.(17 courses)
INR 11 L
Duration2-5 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, TOEFL: 71 & Above, PTE: 48 & Above
MIM(3 courses)
INR 10 L - 12 L
Duration18-24 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, TOEFL: 79 & Above, PTE: 53 & Above
PG Certificate(11 courses)
INR 7 L
Duration1 year-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, TOEFL: 79 & Above, PTE: 53 & Above
B.E. / B.Tech(4 courses)
INR 11 L
Duration4-5 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, TOEFL: 71 & Above, PTE: 48 & Above
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Q:   What are the requirements to get into the University of South Dakota?

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Below are the requirements of the University of South Dakota:

  •  All academic transcripts submitted need to be in English or translated into English along with the non-English original draft.

  • An SOP is essential for the application process. It helps the applicant to convey their talents, Academic excellence accomplishments and personal background of applicants.

  • Applicants must score above 2.64 on the scale of 4.0 in their high school or submit SAT (1070) or ACT (21)

  • Or must have 50 above in their high school

  • Portfolio ( Audition depending on your chosen course):  This depends on the course the applicant is choosing, as this is not present in every program. However, having a creative and unique portfolio will help you get into the USD. (Click here to Make your portfolio look better)

  • English requirements: The following table explains the minimum score for each English exam the university is accepting: 

English Proficiency Test

Minimum required score

IELTS

6.00 and above

Duolingo

110 and above

TOEFL iBT

79 and above

TOEFL essential

8.5 and above

PTE

53 and above

Graduate requirements

  • All academic transcripts submitted need to be in English or translated into English along with the non-English original draft.

  • An SOP is essential for the application process. It helps the applicant to convey their talents, Academic excellence accomplishments and personal background of applicants.

  • Portfolio ( Audition depending on your chosen course):  This depends on the course the applicant is choosing, as this is not present in every program. However, having a creative and unique portfolio will help you get into the USD. (Click here to Make your portfolio look better)

  • Resume: Applicants must submit their resume to the university with their experience. 

  • Applicants must also have the passport ready by the time their apply to the university as it’s a crucial requirement from the USD.

  • English requirements: The following table explains the minimum score for each English exam the university is accepting: 

English Proficiency Test

Minimum required score

IELTS

6.00 and above

DUOLINGO

110 and above

TOEFL iBT

79 and above

TOEFL essential

8.5 and above

PTE

53 and above



 

Q:   How much is University of South Dakota tuition?

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The cost of tuition fees might vary depending on the applicant's study level and the courses they choose. However, International students considering the University of South Dakota could be slightly more expensive than US citizens. Check below the University of South Dakota tuition fees for Indian students. 

Courses1st Year Tuition Fees
INR 11 L
INR 9 L - 16 L
INR 11 L
INR 10 L - 21 L
INR 11 L
INR 10 L - 12 L
INR 12 L - 18 L
INR 10 L - 12 L
INR 11 L
 

University of South Dakota
Students Ratings & Reviews

3.1/5
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Vibe of Campus
  • Easy going
  • Friendly
  • Sporty
  • Liberal
Student Views
  • 40% students never faced discrimination in this university
Internships2.8
Part time work2.8
Post study jobs3.2
Quality of faculty3.4
Student Life4.2
Value for money4.2
Public transportation1.8
Safety4
Indian Food1.8
Permanent Immigration2.6
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Computer Science (M.S) - Batch of 2024
1.6
Good for masters not for knowledge.
Tips: I did not experience any cultural shift here yet. Many things here are almost the same as back in India but also we are unaware of a lot of things and need to explore the culture here. There is no way to know the things happening around you unless it is a university event, so look out for those. I did not get any scholarship and it is very difficult to get a scholarship. And also the assistantships. On a scale of 5 I will give it 3.
Likes (Value for money): The college's fee is not well justified because the professors aren't good enough for the fee we pay and it is not a good university if you want to increase your knowledge through Masters. This is what I can say from my experience till now.
Dislikes (Public transportation): Well the campus is almost in the centre of the town but there is not much public transportation to go. There are only two buses that go through our college, one in the morning and one in the evening that too they go to different destinations. It is affordable and convenient.
Reviewed on 28 Jun 2023Read more
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Saikrishnayadav modiboyena Verified Icon
Computer Science (M.S) - Batch of 2024
2.9
College is budget friendly, academics manageable. No need to fear about racism and gun culture.
Tips: Basic knowledge of your course is enough to maintain 3+ GPA. Students can manage academics without pressure. The vermilion city was a kind of remote area and there are no Indian restaurants, or Indian grocery stores up to 40 miles. There is no oppurtunity for part times in the city other than on-campus.
Reviewed on 16 Mar 2023Read more
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Kalainidhi Tirounavoucarassou Verified Icon
Computer Science (M.S) - Batch of 2023
3.5
Cheap university and cheap cost of living
Tips: Students can’t do off campus jobs and it's hard to get part time. Hard to find Indian restaurants. Transportation is crap in this city. Car is a must for students, especially at this university. No more Indian groceries nearby. Prefer staying off campus for saving money.
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Nikul Vyas Verified Icon
BS/MS in Computer Science - Batch of 2018
2.7
Campus is welcoming and full of activities.
Tips: The college is located at a small town named Vermillion, SD near Missouri river and on the border of Nebraska & Iowa. However, there's no public transport so having a car becomes mandatory. USD's mascot is a coyote and when you attend the games you do get the feel.
Likes (Student Life): The campus is really welcoming, and small-town presence makes the students feel included in the community. The campus provides lots of activities for international students to get involved. Each day, the campus will have some or the other activities going on, apart from computer science department where there is a Nepali professor partially favoring students from Nepal to provide assistantships & scholarships for free. All other departments are much better. If you are a CS major, I'd not recommend this college.
Dislikes (Permanent Immigration): The federal laws are not merit based and the PR options are skim. The international office does try their best to assist students with all the process however, the laws in US are structured in such a way that getting a PR becomes next to impossible for legal immigrants.
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Computer Science (M.S) - Batch of 2023
4.7
Affordable tuition fees and good faculty.
Tips: The college fee is affordable. Students can take advanced courses from the field of Artificial intelligence and Machine learning. Professors are industry experienced and they teach tough concepts in an easy way. So, it is easy to understand them and they teach us from the basics.
Likes (Part time work): The University has various on-campus jobs from GA/RA/TA to IT service desk/Library/Gamer services, etc. There is a job portal where we can apply for multiple jobs and get selected. During winter/summer breaks also we can find part time jobs on the campus.
Dislikes (Public transportation): As it is a college town, so it is a walkable city. We can just manage with a bicycle or by walking. Public transport is available at an affordable cost based on the need - Vermillion public transit. During winter, it's better to have car as it snows here.
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Q:   Does University of South Dakota offer placement support?

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The students of USD have many opportunities for employment on- and off-campus. The Academic and Career Planning Center of the university offers help in preparing for a career or searching for hourly employment.

Through USD career services, students can explore majors and careers, get assistance with job search documents, get support for their job/internship search and prepare for interviews. Internship support is also provided to students. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and can be taken for academic credit.

 

South Dakota University Rankings 2024

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Q:   What is the ranking of University of South Dakota?

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Check below University of South Dakota rankings:

  • University of South Dakota is ranked at 220 position among the top universities in USA. 
  • UND School of Education was ranked at 149 on US News and World Reports 2023-2024 “Best Graduate Education Schools” list, ranking the highest in South Dakota and North Dakota.
 

Q:   What are the Business course rankings at University of South Dakota?

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Some of the Business course rankings at University of South Dakota are given as follows:

Year QS Global MBA RankingsUS News - UG Business rankings 
2019201-250199
2020201-250224
2021201-250201
2022251+212
2023251+219
 

Q:   Which is better; University of South Dakota or Wright State University?

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The comparative US News and World Report rankings of University of South Dakota and Wright State University are given as follows:

Year University of South DakotaWright State University 
2019NA1168
2020NA1168
202113291304
202215241423
202315611542

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Q:   Is accommodation expensive in USA?

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According to USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services), 1,99,812 Indian students went to the USA for higher studies in 2022. The number of Indian students in the US increased by 19% in 2022. International students have the option of working while studying in US universities and earning experience plus money to support their costs of living. The average accommodation expense is INR 6.7 Lakh (based on 146 colleges).

The area of New England on the east coast of the US is the centre of all its renowned academic institutes. Most of the top-ranking colleges in the USA are located in the cities of Cambridge, New York, Florida and other areas. The average meal expense is INR 3.9 Lakh (based on 146 colleges).

 

Q:   What is the cost of living in USA for International students?

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On average, a student spends approximately INR 93,000 in a month to fulfil living costs in USA. The cost of living in USA is 224.3% higher than the cost of living in India also the rent in USA is 769.9% higher than in India. Thus, it is natural that the cost of living in the USA is very high for an Indian student. The table given below specifies the estimated student cost of living in the USA that is based on different expenses.

Expenses in USA

Average Yearly / Monthly cost

Books and study material

USD 900 - 2,000 per year

Travel

USD 300 - 700 per year

Accommodation

USD 9,800 - 11,100 per year

Electricity

USD 100 - 150 per month

Food

On campus: USD 250 per month

Off-campus: USD 400 - 600 per month

Phone subscription

USD 50 per month

Home Internet

USD 45 - 50 per month

Health Insurance

USD 700 - 1,100 per year

Clothes

USD 500 per year

Water, Trash and Sewer

USD 50 - USD 75 per month

Note: These amounts will differ from state to state within the US. On average, the cost of Indian food in the USA is around USD 350 - USD 400 for one person. 

 

South Dakota University FAQs

Q:   Is South Dakota University better than North Dakota University?

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According to some unknown sources from Quora, given below are some factors through which a student can decide what is better for them.

  1. South Dakota has a larger Native American population than North Dakota - Unfortunately that means that there higher levels of anti-Native prejudice than in most areas of North Dakota.
  2. North Dakota has two of the three military bases that exist in the Dakotas - All three (Grand Forks, Minot, and Ellsworth) are essentially jobs programs for the mostly economically depressed regions surrounding them.
  3. South Dakota has more lenient usury laws which is why several major credit card companies opened regional headquarters there.
  4. North Dakota’s oil boom (which has been “busted” since the plunge in oil prices over the last five years) allowed for the lightly populated western region to become significantly more important to the region than any area of South Dakota. - South Dakota’s mining industry mainly consists of minor gold, aggregate, and limestone quarrying.
  5. While both are exceptionally “White” (84% to 80.25%) North Dakota is surprisingly more “diverse” than South Dakota is - Racism, poverty, and a lack of jobs have largely kept minorities out of both states, although the oil boom did briefly boost the non-military, non-college student minority populations in both states.
 

Q:   Mention some of the famous alumni that went to University of South Dakota?

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University of South Dakota is well-known for its celebrated alumni network comprised of 70,000 plus members. The alumni family of the institution includes notable personalities in several fields like journalism, politics, and government. Some of the distinguished members that constitute the university's alumni include Al Neuharth, founder of the USA Today; Greg Mortenson, author of Stones into Schools; Tom Brokaw, American broadcaster; former U.S. Senator James Abourezk and present U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson.

 
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The Sioux Falls campus of the University of South Dakota is known for its specialised and personalized programs. It offers a wide range of courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It offers more than 30 academic programs in subjects such as; Health Sciences, Education, Business etc.

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The University of South Dakota offers a wide range of courses in the Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Law and Medicine. The tuition fees for international students may vary from course to course. Therefore, international students are advised to check the tuition fees

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Living on campus allows students to fully get the university experience. The university offers a variety of housing and accommodation options from traditional styles to apartments and suites. The cost of living for international students will depend on the type of accommodation and their lifestyle.

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The University of South Dakota has two campuses; Vermillion and Sioux Falls. Vermillion is the main campus of the university. The Sioux Falls campus of USD was founded to cater growing needs of South Dakota’s the largest and the fastest-growing communities. USD main campus in Vermillion encompasses

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The University of South Dakota offers a wide range of courses in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Law and Medicine. As per the US News and World Report, USD is known for courses such as: Business, Management, and Marketing; Education; Biological and Biomedical Scienc

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