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Quick Facts

Location: Vermillion, South Dakota
Founded: 1862 (the State's oldest university)
President: James W. Abbott, J.D., since 1997

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Campus & Community:

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.

New Buildings & Facilities:

Theodore R. and Karen K. Muenster University Center was completed in 2009. The 70,000-square-foot facility includes a multi-level campus dining area, a 500-person capacity multipurpose ballroom, state-of-the-art conference rooms, meeting areas, a multi-cultural center and offices.

Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building was completed in 2008.  The 156,700-square-foot building consists of two, three-story wings linked by a central atrium.  The facility houses the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, Medical Student Affairs, Division of Health Sciences Dean, Doctor of Medicine, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy departments.

Beacom School of Business was completed in the Fall of 2009. The 69,000-square-foot building offers state-of-the-art classrooms, conference rooms, faculty offices and laboratories.

Slagle Hall Aalfs Auditorium. The renovation and restoration, completed in 2011, restored the facility to host events such as musical theatre, orchestras and musical ensembles and soloists, along with other cultural and educational events. The 38,000 square foot auditorium has a large stage, and hosts an outstanding pipe organ.

Coyote Village was completed in 2010. The 195,708-square-foot residence hall, located south of the DakotaDome, features a four-story facility with 175 units. Coyote Village offers students multiple lobbies and lounges, a mail room, laundry, gaming room and cafe, multi-purpose room, convenience store and office area.

Wellness Center was completed in 2011.  The 61,000-square-foot facility, is located north of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, and includes state-of-the-art workout equipment, a multi-story climbing wall, Multipurpose Activity Court, a large open workout space with treadmills, exercise bicycles, elliptical machines, stretching mats and a weight room space with free weights & strength-training equipment.

Statistical Highlights:
Enrollment (Fall 2014):
  • Total Enrollment:  10,061
  • Undergraduate: 7,541
  • Graduate: 2,520
Academic Programs:
Student Organizations:

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

On-Campus Housing:
  • 86% of new freshmen live on campus
  • 28% of all undergraduates live on campus
Financial Aid Profile:
  • Undergraduates receiving aid: Approximately 72%
Top Undergraduate Fields of Study:
  • Nursing
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Elementary Teacher Education
  • Biology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Contemporary Media/Journalism
  • Political Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Alcohol and Drug Studies
  • Art
  • Total Faculty: 433
  • With Highest Degree in Field: 82%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 17:1
  • 62,000 alumni
Finances (2014):
  • The University:  $130 million
  • Medical School:  $59 million
Homecoming Celebration:

Dakota Days


NCAA Division I ; Coyotes Web site

Men's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

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