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

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I apply for undergraduate admission to the University of South Dakota?
  2. How do I apply for graduate admission to the University of South Dakota?
  3. How do I register for online classes?
  4. How much will it cost for to take online classes?
  5. Can I just take one online course?
  6. Do I have to be on a computer everyday for my online course?
  7. What is the myUSD student portal?
  8. How do I access myUSD portal?
  9. What is Webadvisor?
  10. How do I obtain a Webadvisor ID and password?
  11. How do I order books for an online course?
  12. What is a proctor form?
  13. How do I purchase books for my correspondence course?

Q1.  How do I apply for undergraduate admission to the University of South Dakota?

A.  You can apply two different ways for undergraduate admission to the University of South Dakota: 
If you are a First-Time or Transfer student you can Apply Online, or you can print off this Application Form and return it to USD.  Please note that you will also need to include all supplemental materials (i.e., high school transcript, ACT scores) with your application.

If you are a former USD student, you will need to complete the Undergraduate Automatic Reentry Form

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Q2.  How do I apply for graduate admission to the University of South Dakota?

A.  Students can apply for graduate admission to USD using the Online Graduate Application.  The application must be completed and supplemental information (i.e., Letters of Recommendation, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, etc.) must be submitted to the Graduate School.  For more information, visit the Graduate School.

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Q3.  How do I register for online classes?

A.  How you register depends on your enrollment status and the type of class you want to take. 
If you are a current student, you will register for your classes through Webadvisor.

New students (degree pursuant or non-degree pursuant) can register for classes using this Online Form.  Degree-pursuant students must be admitted to USD before registering.  Prospective undergraduates apply through the Admissions OfficeProspective graduate students apply through the Graduate School.

Current and new students registering for 350-day correspondence courses and any student registering for Digital Dakota Network courses delivered to sites outside of Rapid City, Sioux City, or Sioux Falls, register using this Online Form.

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Q4.  How much will it cost for to take online classes?

A.   An online education at USD is very affordable.  Please visit Tuition and Fees for current tuition rates.

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Q5.  Can I just take one online course?

A.  Yes, students can simply take one online course or complete their entire program online.  For a complete list of online courses, visit Online Courses.  To register for one course, use this Online Form.

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Q6.  Do I have to be on a computer everyday for my online course?

A.  You must log in regularly and as requested by the instructor.  It is not required that you log into the course everyday.

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Q7.  What is the myUSD student portal?

A.  The student portal, called myUSD Portal, is a campus portal, which enables convenient and effective communications among University members and provides a single point of entry to e-mail, Desire2Learn, personal calendar, and other university-wide network communications and functions.

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Q8.  How do I access myUSD portal?

To access myUSD Portal, browse to https://myu.usd.edu or follow the "current student" link from the USD homepage.  Enter your USD username and password, and then click on the button labeled "Login."

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Q9.  What is Webadvisor?

A.  Webadvisor provides registration, SDePay, course listings, grades, program evaluation information for all USD faculty, students and their advisors.  For more information, visit Webadvisor.

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Q10.  How do I obtain a Webadvisor ID and password?

A. To obtain a Webadvisor ID and password:

  1. Visit Webadvisor.
  2. Click "What's My Username and Reset My Password."
  3. Follow the instructions provided. 

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Q11.  How do I order books for an online course?

A.  There are many different ways you can order books for your online courses.  Most instructors teaching online classes list book information under the course listing. Go to CDE Courses, click on the semester in which you are registered, click on the type of course (online, on-campus, off-campus, correspondence), and scroll down to view your course information. The quickest and easiest way to order books is through the myUSD portal.  By using the portal, the required textbooks for all of your registered courses will automatically be placed into your shopping cart, thus eliminating the need to search for them.  To access the Barnes and Noble in the portal, simply log in and visit the Barnes & Noble channel. To buy your USD books online through Barnes and Noble at USD visit USD Barnes and Noble.  Additionally, you can order your books online, by phone, fax, mail or e-mail:
Phone: (605) 677-6291
Fax: (605) 677-3176
Mail: The University of South Dakota Bookstore
        414 East Clark Street
        Muenster University Center
        Vermillion, SD  57069   
E-Mail: bn@usd.edu    
Website: http://usd.bncollege.com

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Q12.  What is a proctor form?

A.  A proctor form is required if a student needs to take an exam and cannot complete the exam at one of CDE's testing centers.  Typically, students propose a proctor that is the superintendent    or principal of the local school, the county superintendent of schools, a librarian, a member of the clergy, the registrar or dean of a college or university or any professional.  All proposed proctors must be approved by the Division of Continuing & Distance Education. 

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Q13.  How do I purchase books for my correspondence course? 

A.  Course guides are required to complete a correspondence course.  All course guides are found by logging into myUSD Portal: Correspondence Course Guides.  Books will also be available through USD Barnes & Noble

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