You may enter the U.S. a maximum of 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. We recommend that you arrive at least 1-2 days before the beginning of orientation so that you have time to get settled and rested.

We are able to provide free transportation to Vermillion from the Sioux Falls, SD or Sioux City, IA airports. We will offer transportation to Vermillion from both airports on the following arrival dates only: December 29, 2016, January 2, 3, and 4, 2017.  We will have a pickup in the late morning/early afternoon and one in the evening from each airport, but students should be advised that they may have to wait a few hours for the USD shuttle.  Once you have made your airfare reservations, please complete the following sign-up:  USD Pickup
Please note that students arriving on days other than those listed above will need to make alternate arrangements for their transportation to Vermillion.

Flight Delays or Late Arrivals

If your flight is delayed or canceled, you may miss the last pick up of the day, in which case you will need to stay in a hotel.   The following hotels are located near the two airports and provide free transportation to and from the airport to the hotel.

Sioux Falls, SD

Sioux City, IA

Alternative Arrival Assistance

If you are arriving at an airport other than Sioux Falls or Sioux City and/or are arriving on a date on which we do not offer a pickup, there are several alternatives available to you. First, Jefferson Bus Lines stops in Vermillion daily on its way to and from Sioux Falls and Sioux City (as well as Omaha, Nebraska). The number of daily departures varies and tickets costs about $30. However, students would need to arrange to take a cab from the airport to the bus terminal. A list of taxi providers is available on the airport’s web pages. To book tickets on Jefferson Lines, please visit the Jefferson Lines website: Jefferson Bus Lines. Second, students could take a cab from either airport to Vermillion, though these can be costly – around $100. Lastly, if you will arrive the day before a schedule CAGE pick up, you can stay in a hotel overnight and the CAGE will pick you up the next day as long as you fill out the arrival form above.

Hotels in Vermillion

If you do not secure Vermillion housing before your arrival, please make arrangements to stay at one of the local hotels:

Best Western Vermillion Inn
701 W. Cherry Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 624-8333

Holiday Inn Express
1200 N. Dakota Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 624-7600

Prairie Inn Motel
912 N. Dakota Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 624-2824