University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota, United States
We're USD - the state's flagship university: The big-time university with a small-college feel. We're memorable mentors and lifelong friends. We're world-class academics and out-of-class opportunities. We're innovative technology and long-standing tradition. We're your university. We are South Dakota.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



When the first Legislature of the Dakota Territory met in 1862, it authorized the establishment of the University at Vermillion, making it the oldest postsecondary institution in the Dakotas. The authorization was unfunded, however, and classes did not begin until 20 years later under the auspices of the privately incorporated University of Dakota.


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.


The University of South Dakota is a vibrant setting of innovation artistry and discovery, with research and creative activity opportunity in all disciplines across campus. In addition to individual research, the university hosts multi-disciplinary competitive research centers that foster academic excellence and spur economic growth.

University Ranking

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Student services

The college years can be filled with new and enriching experiences but can also present challenges which may interfere with your academic progress and emotional well-being. The Student Counseling Center's (SCC) goal is to help you make the most of your years here at USD. On our website you will find information about our services, staff, campus resources, crisis management and how to refer someone. There are also links to self-help tools and general health information.

Housing services

As a part of Student Services, University Housing strives to offer all of our students an exceptional housing experience that will enhance their academic experience and foster their personal growth. Living on-campus goes much further than the confines of your living space, it allows you convenient access to all things on-campus, as well as the full experience of what it's like to be a Coyote! Meeting new people, creating lasting relationships and memorable experiences, it all starts here.

Library services

So much information. So little time. Get the help you need with more that 250 databases for your research, online and in-person research assistance and access to special collections and historical materials.

Medical services

Sanford Vermillion Medical Center is pleased to be the provider for USD's Student Health Services. Sanford Clinic Vermillion is dedicated to the work of healing and has the vision to significantly improve the human condition through patient care, education and research.

Student Life

Campus life

USD is located on an attractive 274-acre campus in Vermillion, a small community nestled along the bluffs above the Missouri River in the southeast corner of South Dakota. Vermillion serves as a safe, welcoming host for the university and recreational and cultural opportunities abound in town, the nearby countryside and in neighboring communities.

Student clubs

There are more than 120 organizations and clubs, including social, sports, religious, pre-professional and hobby groups.


Continuously accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913.

Vermillion, South Dakota, United States