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International students who have officially completed secondary school (high school) in either the United States or their home country may apply for undergraduate admission.

Application Deadlines

    • 1 July - applications to begin study in fall semester
    • 15 November - applications to begin study in spring semester

Admission Requirements

1. High school (secondary school) transcript with grade point average equivalent to 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.

2. Demonstration of English language proficiency (meet at least one of the following).

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

  • 71 or higher (iBT)
  • 530 or higher (paper test)

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

  • 5.5 or higher

High School (Secondary School) Diploma from an American High School

  • International students who graduated from an American high school may be eligible to have their TOEFL waived if they have a 2.6 or higher GPA and an ACT English subscore of 21 or higher or an SAT Critical Reading subscore of 500 or higher.

Native Speakers of English

  • Native speakers of English may have the English language test requirement waived with a minimum 21 ACT English subscore or an SAT critical reading subscore of 500 or above

If you do not meet any of the English language proficiency criteria, you may consider applying for the Intensive English Program.

Application Procedure

  • Submit your completed application

Apply Online

Download application form

  • $20 USD application fee is non-refundable
  • Fee must be paid before your application will be processed and must accompany your application. Credit card payment accepted at the end of the online application. If using the paper application, you may pay with a credit card by phone by calling 1-877-269-6837
English Language Proficiency Documents
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted within two years of examination date. Official scores must be sent from the testing agency. Certified true copies may be submitted for initial review.
  • TOEFL institutional code for USD is 6881
Official Transcripts
    Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) World Education Services (WES)
IMPORTANT: Admission decisions are made without regard to financial ability. However, to avoid delays submit a copy of your passport, the financial ability form and all required documents at the time of application.
  • Valid, unexpired passport. Copy of the page(s) containing the photo, date of birth, passport number, date of expiration and signature (if any). If your passport contains a current extension stamp, also include a photocopy of that page
Official Statement of Finances
  • All students are required to demonstrate financial ability to pay for at least one year of academic and living expenses before being issued a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status (I-20) by the University of South Dakota
Submitting Materials
  • Electronic copies of documents can be emailed to
  • Hard copy materials may be mailed to the following address:

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

Transfer from U.S. High School

Students who are already in the United States on an F-1 visa must have their SEVIS record transferred to the University of South Dakota after admission. Detailed background information about the SEVIS transfer process can be found on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website. Or, you may contact the International Office at

Contact Information

Contact us with any questions about the admission requirements of the application process at or 1-877-269-6837.

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