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University of South Dakota

Nestled in the serene bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, the University of South Dakota stands tall as the state’s beacon of academic excellence since 1862. Rooted in tradition yet forward-focused, USD prepares students with new skills and flexible learning methods to prepare them for a successful career. As the most affordable flagship institution in the country, students receive an incredible value on their education. Nationally acclaimed by esteemed publications like U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review and Military Times our curriculum hones skills relevant to your chosen field, empowering you for a complex, evolving world.



Tier 2 research institution

Why you should attend?

USD is more than a campus; it's a supportive haven for military members, veterans and their families. Whether through on-campus study or our flexible online programs, we stand ready to assist students throughout their academic journey. Access academic and social support, tailored transition courses, vibrant veterans' clubs and reintegration aid. With low tuition rates and high-quality education, become one of the nearly 10,000 students thriving at USD, experiencing a big university feel without the hefty price tag.