USD Coyote fans

Congratulations! You're a Coyote.

Now that you've been admitted and decided that the University of South Dakota is the place for you, there are a few more steps to complete in order to confirm your enrollment at USD.  Follow the steps listed below and keep track of your progress with this printable version of the New-Student Checklist.

Welcome to the Coyote family!


 Submit your University Housing Deposit

The 2018-19 housing application opens Monday, January 22, 2018. 

Your $100 university housing deposit reserves your spot in the incoming class. It provides you with your on-campus housing options and confirms any scholarship offers you receive from USD. Please contact the Office of Admissions to confirm your enrollment if you are requesting to live off campus.

Submit your deposit online

  • Resident Students: Your deposit will be held by University Housing after the start of the semester. Deposit refunds are issued in accordance with the residence hall contract. Housing applications are completed online, and you will be notified when the housing application becomes available.
  • Commuter Students: The housing deposit is not required for commuter students. Commuter students will need to contact the Office of Admissions at 605-658-6200 to guarantee enrollment.

    NOTE: South Dakota Board of Regents Policy requires you to live on campus and enroll in a meal plan during the first two years immediately following your graduation from high school. Special permission to live off campus is generally granted to students living full time with parents or legal guardians, students enrolled primarily at off-campus locations and students with dependent children. Please see the complete SDBOR Housing & Meal Plans Policy 3:6 for information on policy exceptions and exemptions.

    Housing Contract release applications received by University Housing prior to May 12 (Dec. 20 for Spring contracts) will receive a full refund of their university housing deposit if approved. Contract release applications received on or after that date will forfeit the university housing deposit if approved.

Additional Housing Contract Release and Refund Information

Pick up your USD Email Account

After you submit your university housing deposit, you will be able to access your USD email account. Once you receive your account, you will have access to the myUSD portal where you can select your registration option. Please check your USD email regularly for important updates as well as registration information.

Pick up your USD email account

Set up your WebAdvisor Account

WebAdvisor is the online tool providing you with access to registration, SDePay (tuition payment and notifications), course listing and other facets of your academic career at USD. You will also need to confirm your attendance at USD using your WebAdvisor Account.

Set up your WebAdvisor Access

Immunization Requirements

All new, readmitted and transferred students are required to provide medically signed proof of TWO properly administered MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunizations OR immune titers for measles (rubeola), rubella and mumps. The immunization form must be completed before you can register for classes at USD. Read more about the mandatory immunization form.

Download the Immunization Form


Get ready and register for your fall classes! During Fast Track registration, you'll receive a warm USD welcome to campus* as you meet with your advisors, register for classes and learn all about the many resources available to you.  Check your personal email this winter for more information on registering for one of these Fast Track events.

*We're bringing Fast Track registration to you in Rapid City May 8-9 and June 25-26.

2018 Fast Track Dates

  • Tues. -Wed., May 8-9 (in Rapid City)
  • Monday, May 21
  • Thursday, May 24
  • Monday, June 4
  • Wednesday, June 6
  • Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Monday, June 11
  • Friday, June 15
  • Monday, June 18
  • Wednesday, June 20
  • Friday, June 22
  • Mon. -Tues., June 25-26 (in Rapid City, Crazy Horse and Red Cloud)
  • Friday, July 13

Placement Exams

Placement exams are available to ensure you are registered for the correct courses based on your knowledge of math, English and foreign languages.

Read more about Placement Exams

Computer Requirements

A personal computer is important to your academic and communication needs at college. Some academic programs require specific laptops. Check out these tips for selecting and preparing your computer to take full advantage of the computing resources available to you at USD.

Technology: Student Laptop Information

File Your FAFSA

  • You can file the FAFSA anytime after Oct. 1. Be sure to file your FAFSA by USD's priority deadline of April 1. List USD's code of 003474 on your FAFSA.

File your FAFSA

  • Beginning mid-April, financial aid award letters will be mailed to your permanent address. Read all information enclosed with the award letter before accepting your financial aid package. Please call the Financial Aid Office at 605-658-6250 with any questions.

Get Ready

Move-In Day is Friday, August 17, 2018

Welcome Week Orientation

You've met your advisors. Now meet your fellow students. Held in the days just before classes begin, Welcome Week Orientation is a celebration of USD's incoming class with opportunities to meet other students, discover common interests, explore Vermillion and settle in to your role as a USD Coyote. Live entertainment and insightful sessions on college life will help launch you into your first year at USD.

Once again, congratulations and welcome to the Coyote family!