Undergraduate & Graduate
Degree Programs

Welcome to USD, South Dakota’s flagship university. We may have been around since 1862, but we’re embracing the future through innovative research, flexible schedules and real-life learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

Join the more than 9,000 students getting their education at affordable rates, and you’ll get that “big university feel” without that big university price tag.

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

Minimum Application


  • check-icon GPA: 2.6
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    • TOEFL (IBT): 71 or higher
    • IELTS Academic: 6.0 or higher
    • ACT English 18+
    • SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing 500+
    • ELS: Level 112
Awards And Rankings
  • USD ranked highest of South Dakota universities in best national universities list: The University of South Dakota ranked the highest of all South Dakota universities in the latest U.S. News and World Report’s “Best National universities” list.

  • Online business programs at USD garner rankings by us news. Two online graduate programs at the University of South Dakota have earned top recognition from U.S. News & World Report.

  • USD ROTC ranked 37th on national order of merit list: The University of South Dakota Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) has been ranked No. 37 in the national Order of Merit Scores (OMS) list, increasing 100 spots from last year.

  • USD ranked best in the Dakotas for second consecutive year: In the “Best Colleges 2022” guidebook released today, USD ranked #239, jumping 10 spots from last year, in the National Universities category.

  • USD Knudson School Of Law ranked no 134 in us news and world reports best law schools list: The University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law was ranked No. 134 on the U.S. News & world Report’s “Best Law Schools” list for 2022, rising seven spots from last year.

  • USD Among Nations best in us news world report rankings: U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of South Dakota among the top national and public universities in its 2018 Best Colleges Ranking. USD tied for 129th place in the top public colleges category with Wayne State University and California State University - Fresno

  • Low tuition--University of South Dakota provides an opportunity to study at a flagship state university with low cost.

  • Outstanding health related program--USD has the one and only medical school in the state of Dakota. And some programs are among Top 50 nationwide.


  • Amount: up to $3,500 per year

  • Separate Application: No

Application Checklist
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    Submit Online Application

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    Application fee $20

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    Official Proof of English Proficiency

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    Unofficial Transcripts

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Application Deadline
Freshman-July 1
August 14
November 15

*The application deadline is subject to change. And each major may have different deadline. Please double check with your IPERC adviser.