University of South Dakota


According to the school, the University of South Dakota is the perfect fit for students looking for a smart educational investment. The U is South Dakota’s only designated liberal arts university and is consistently rated among the top doctoral institutions in the country. Annually, the U awards scholarships to more than 800 first year students, and over 80% of U students receive some form of financial aid through grants, loans and work-study jobs. U students earn the nation’s most prestigious scholarships. Our quality of teaching and research prepares students to pursue their passions all over the world, at institutions such as Columbia, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago, and beyond. Thirty-nine U students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright, Rhodes, National Science Foundation, Boren, Truman, Udall, Jack Kent Cooke and Goldwater scholarships and grants for graduate study. Personal attention from our award-winning faculty and our welcoming environment makes students feel right at home. As the flagship liberal arts institution in South Dakota, The University of South Dakota, founded in 1862 has long been regarded as a leader in the state and the region. Notable undergraduate and postgraduate alumni include journalist Ken Bode, author and former news anchor Tom Brokaw, writer and Emmy Award winner Dorothy Cooper Foote, U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, USA TODAY Founder Al Neuharth and U.S. Senator John Thune.

Key Data

School Type: Campus
Degrees Offered:
Student Life
Enrolled Students: 9,617
Student to Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Annual Cost
In State Tuition: $6,468
Out of State Tuition $7,841
Books and Supplies $900
Students with Financial aid:** 94%
  • ** Refers to % of students receiving some form of financial aid
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