Spring shot of campus outside of the Muenster University Center with students walking on the sidewalks

USD At a Glance

As the state’s most historic university, we’re rooted in tradition. But we’re also looking toward the future, providing you with the new skills and flexible learning methods you need to navigate an increasingly complex world.

Get to Know USD

  • Founded in 1862 in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Campus locations in Vermillion and Sioux Falls
  • Led by President Sheila Gestring since 2018
  • Total enrollment of 9,464 students, as of fall 2021
  • 15:1 student-faculty ratio
  • More than 70,000 alumni

Campus and Community

USD’s beautiful 274-acre campus in Vermillion sits along the bluffs above the Missouri River in southeast South Dakota. From the historic beauty of Old Main to the cutting-edge technology housed in the Lee Medicine & Science Building, you’ll experience a mix of the traditional and contemporary on the University of South Dakota campus.

Since its inception in 1862, USD has called the small, safe city of Vermillion home. As both grow in size and population, the campus and the city continue to enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship that helps foster innovation and creates exciting opportunities for both students and residents.

USD offers a number of premier programs in Sioux Falls, designed to meet the growing needs of South Dakota's largest and fastest growing communities. Here you'll find USD – Sioux Falls and the Sanford USD Medical Center.


Statistical Highlights

Enrollment (Fall 2021)

  • Total Enrollment: 9,464
  • Undergraduate: 6,987
  • Graduate: 1,980
  • Medicine: 270
  • Law: 227

Academic Programs

Student Organizations

There are more than 200 organizations and clubs, including social, sports, religious, pre-professional and hobby groups

On-Campus Housing

  • 84% of new freshmen live on campus
  • 34% of all undergraduates live on campus

Financial Aid Profile

Undergraduates receiving aid: Approximately 81% 

Top Undergraduate Fields of Study

Nursing, Business, Health Sciences, Elementary Education, Kinesiology & Sport Management, Biology/Medical Biology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Accounting and Media & Journalism


  • Total Faculty: 431
  • With Highest Degree in Field: 75.2%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 15:1


More than 70,000 alumni

Finances (2017)

  • The University: $147.7 million
  • Medical School: $54.6 million

Homecoming Celebration

Dakota Days


NCAA Division I ; Coyote Athletics website

Mascot: Charlie Coyote

Colors: Red and white 

Men's Sports

  • Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field

Women's Sports

  • Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Triathlon, Volleyball

Colleges & Schools 

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