Fall at the University of South Dakota - Old Main

Admission Requirements

To be considered for freshman admission to the University of South Dakota, you should meet the following admission requirements:

General Requirements
  • Achieve an ACT composite score of 21 or above (SAT 990) 
  • Earn a grade point average of at least 2.6 (4.0 scale) in all high school courses
  • Rank in the upper 50% of your high school graduating class

High School Coursework Requirements
  • 4 years of English
    OR ACT English sub-test score of 21 or above OR AP English score of 3 or above

  • 3 years of Advanced Mathematics
    OR ACT Math sub-test score of 23 or above OR AP Calculus score of 3 or above

  • 3 years of Laboratory Science
    OR ACT Science Reasoning sub-test score of 20 or above OR AP Science score of 3 or above

  • 3 years of Social Science
    OR ACT Social Studies/Reading sub-test score of 20 or above OR AP Social Studies score of 3 or above

  • 1 year Fine Arts
    OR AP Fine Arts score of 3 or above 

    Students should complete the above listed core classes with a "C" average or better.

Application Procedure

To complete your application, submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:

US $20 Application Fee
  • Application Fees are non-refundable
  • Submit your fee with your application to avoid delay in processing
Official High School Transcripts
  • Official high school transcript sent directly to USD.
  • To be eligible to receive Title IV federal financial aid, the regulations require that institutions admit, as regularly enrolled students, persons who have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent (GED).
Test Scores
  • Official ACT or SAT scores sent to USD directly from the testing agency

Mailing Address

Please submit your application online or have your materials sent to the following address:

  • Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    University of South Dakota
    414 East Clark Street
    Vermillion, SD 57069-2390

    Telephone: 1-877-COYOTES  Fax: 605-677-6323