View of the University of South Dakota's Old Main, library and Muenster University Center

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

Enrollment (Fall 2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 9,971
  • Undergraduate: 7,435
  • Graduate: 2,536

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. 

Statistical Highlights

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, Biology/Medical Biology, Health Science, Elementary Teacher Education, Criminal Justice, Kinesiology & Sport Science, Psychology, Accounting, Media/Journalism, Management, History


  • Total Faculty: 453
  • 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


  • NCAA Division I ; Coyote Athletics website
  • Mascot: Coyotes
  • Colors: Red and white
  • 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