Academic & Career Planning Center

Prospective Students

We Can Help You Every Step of the Way

 Steve Ward Director of Academic & Career Planning Center

One of the great things about USD is that we can offer you the academic programs of a large public university and the individual attention of a small, private college. We believe the relationships between students and their advisors are crucial to academic success.  We hope you find the resources here useful. If you'd like to know more, we encourage you to stop by and see us when you're on campus or give us a call.

Steve Ward


Be Ready to Start at USD

  • Fast Track - Get information on financial aid, housing and technology; tour the campus & Vermillion; register for classes; meet other freshmen and more. Once you're accepted, you will receive information on how to sign up for Fast Track.
  • First Year Experience - This USD signature program will help you succeed academically and socially the first year by getting comfortable on campus, connecting with faculty and getting priority access to classes and living arrangements.
  • New Student Orientation - Orientation helps you transition into college life by meeting other students and exploring USD's campus and Vermillion.
  • Transfer Students - The USD procedures for transfer of undergraduate credit may be found on the Admissions page.

Academic Support

  • General Degree Requirements - At USD, we have purposefully designed a contemporary liberal arts education that includes a solid foundation of knowledge, exposure to many different academic disciplines, immersion in interdisciplinary and diverse ways of thinking, and understanding of service and citizenship. You will follow a flexible course of study that first exposes you to great ideas, but ultimately challenges you to integrate your knowledge in ways that serve your own careers and other citizens.
  • Academic Commons - The Academic Commons, on the first floor of the I.D. Weeks Library offers centralized support of expert faculty and staff.  In one location you'll have access to all the services and programs you need to achieve your academic goals including coordinated research, information, technology, advising and learning assistance.
  • Academic & Career Advising - Wonder what courses to take next semester or how to build your four year academic plan? Wonder what major or career to explore or how to find an internship? Our professional advisors help you with any general advising, academic procedures, academic probation, internship and employment questions you have.
  • Employment - Whether it's a part-time job, work-study, an internship or a job after graduation, we have the resources to help you.

Learning Support

  • Tutoring - There are times we all need a little help. From writing workshops and math tutoring to study groups and counseling, we offer a wealth of services to help you succeed at USD.
  • Learning Specialist - We help you develop successful learning strategies and study skills, study habits, time management, overcome math anxiety and more.
  • Supplemental Instruction - Peer-assisted study sessions assist you with traditionally difficult first and second year courses.
  • Writing Center - Need help with writing? USD's Writing Center offers individualized help with any writing project.
  • Presentation Center - The Presentation Center provides a multitude of resources including workshops, feedback, and audience services, etc., so you can give the best presentation whether it's to your class or your boss.
  • Math Emporium - No need for math anxiety.  One-on-one and small group tutoring is offered for all math courses at the Calc I level and below.
  • Study Guides & Strategies - This site provides a wealth of information about time management, effective study habits, thinking critically, problem solving and more.
  • International Student Services - Unique programs address the needs of our International student body.
  • Library Services - The University's libraries offer a wide range of information resources held locally and worldwide. Subject Specialists who know your field can assist with your research.
  • IT Help Desk - Get information and assistance troubleshooting computer hardware, software or network problems.

Personal Support

  • Disability Services - Accommodations and support services help those who have any type of temporary or permanent disability.
  • Student Counseling Services - A variety of services are available to address emotional and relational aspects of health.
  • Residential Life Services - Trained staff members provide a full range of support services to assist you in being successful in every aspect of your first year at college.
  • Veterans' Services - Assists veterans of the United States armed forces, reservists, and survivors and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans applying for and receiving education benefits.