Division of Continuing & Distance Education, Summer School Off-Campus & Distance Learning

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Correspondence Study

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Correspondence Study:

What is a correspondence course?
Correspondence is defined as: communication by the exchange of letters. In the 21st century it means taking a higher education course via communication methods such as the exchange of electronic documents, letters, emails, and faxes, rather than taking a course in a traditional classroom setting or online. 

Correspondence Study is one component within the Division of Continuing & Distance Education (CDE).  The Correspondence Study staff at CDE acts as a liaison between you and your USD grader.  We coordinate correspondence course development, register students, coordinate proctoring of exams, and do whatever we can to ensure that your experience with correspondence study at the University of South Dakota is helpful and productive.

Correspondence Student Handbook

General Information about Correspondence Courses:

  • A confirmation E-Mail will be sent to you within 36 hours of registration.
  • Course guides are required to complete a correspondence course.  All course guides are provided to students in D2L or can be found by logging into myUSD Portal: Correspondence Course Guides
  • Books are also available through USD Barnes & Noble.
  • Assignments must be posted via D2L drop box.
  • Once all prior assignments have been graded, the test will be sent to an approved proctor.
  • Vermillion area students must call 800-233-7937 to make a testing appointment.
  • Assignment and test grades will be posted in D2L.  We will not give grades out over the phone.
  • Final grades will be posted in WebAdvisor
Correspondence Courses:

Correspondence Courses, Semester-Based:
Courses completed in a standard academic term.  (These courses are eligible for financial aid.  Students enrolled in correspondence courses are unable to claim living expenses in financial aid awards.)

Correspondence Courses, 8-week:
(These courses are eligible for financial aid.  Students enrolled in correspondence courses are unable to claim living expenses in financial aid awards.)

If you have questions about Correspondence Study at the University of South Dakota, please contact the Correspondence Staff at cdecorrespondence@usd.edu or 1-800-233-7937.