Office of the RegistrarOffice
The Office of the Registrar serves as the institutional guardian for official academic information and records in supporting the faculty, staff and students of the University of South Dakota.
Student Rights & Records
The dean's list is compiled at the end of the fall and spring terms to recognize students who have met the following guidelines:
- Completed a minimum of 12 credit hours
- Achieved a GPA of at least 3.5
- No incomplete or failing grades
School of Law students may earn dean's list recognition by achieving either a GPA of 85.00 or greater for that semester or rate in the top 10 percent of their class for that semester, whichever group is smaller. First-year law students are not eligible for the School of Law's dean's list.
To earn an honors designation at graduation, the baccalaureate-level graduate must have completed at least 60 hours of USD credit and must meet the following USD and cumulative grade point averages:
- Summa Cum Laude − equal to or greater than 3.9
- Magna Cum Laude − equal to or greater than 3.7
- Cum Laude − equal to or greater than 3.5
The University of South Dakota has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide both enrollment and degree verification to qualified requestors.
Enrollment verification provides information regarding a student's full-time or part-time registration status, dates of attendance, degrees sought or awarded and program of study. This service is provided free of charge to students.
Request your free enrollment verification through WebAdvisor.
(MyUSD Login Required)
The University of South Dakota has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide both enrollment and degree verifications to qualified requestors.
National Student Clearinghouse
- Phone: 703-742-4200
- Fax: 703-742-4239
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement guidelines are available from the South Dakota Board of Regents. Acceptance of credit is governed by BOR policy 2:5 Transfer of Credit.
Advanced Placement Guidelines (SDBOR)
You may receive credit for selected courses by earning satisfactory scores on the appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examinations.
Administered by the USD Testing Center, the CLEP exam tests your skills on the coursework for which you would like to receive credit. The USD Testing Center is located in the North Commons, room 107. CLEP exams are offered by appointment Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, use the online appointment scheduler at RegisterBlast.
USD Policies Regarding CLEP Examination
- You must provide a picture I.D. (driver's license, student I.D. card) at the time of testing.
- You may apply up to 30 semester hours of CLEP credits toward a degree from USD.
- USD allows students to retake CLEP tests after a period of three months.
- USD CLEP policies, prices and score requirements are subject to change.
- Before scheduling a CLEP appointment, talk with your advisor to see if CLEP is the right option for you.
If you have questions about CLEP testing, contact the USD Testing Center at email@example.com or 605-658-6143.
- $40 administration fee is paid to USD at the time the appointment is scheduled online.
- $89 registration fee is paid directly to CLEP when registering for the exam(s).
USD Testing Center
- Vermillion, S.D.
- 605-658-6143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
USD - Sioux Falls Testing Center
- USD - Sioux Falls Testing Information.
Black Hills State
- Rapid City, S.D.
- 605-718-4193 or BHRCtestingcenter@bhsu.edu.
- Black Hills State Testing Center Information.
Capital University Center
- Pierre, S.D.
- 605-773-2160 or SDSU.email@example.com.
- Capitol University Testing Center Information.
The University of South Dakota will generally accept transfer credit of similar content completed at regionally accredited institutions. College credit while still enrolled in high school may or may not be eligible for transfer. Please contact the Office of Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) on questions relating to this policy.
Credits from colleges or universities which are not accredited by a regional accrediting association may also be accepted in transfer, subject to the approval from the dean of the college or school in which the student plans to enroll.
- Transfer Credit from Non-Accredited Institution Form
In order to be considered for transfer credit, official transcripts should be mailed to the Office of Admissions:
Office of Admissions
University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Transfer Equivalency Requests
When a student transfers course work from another college or university to the University of South Dakota, the course is evaluated to determine one of the following:
- The course transfers as directly equivalent to a specific USD course.
- The course transfer as a discipline-specific course and may count as an elective toward graduation requirements.
- The course is not accepted toward a USD degree.
With additional information and appropriate documentation, courses originally processed as "discipline specific" may be reevaluated to the equivalent of a specific USD course. If you believe you have taken a course that has transferred to USD as "discipline specific," but may actually be directly equivalent to a specific USD course, you can petition to have this change made to your transcript using the transfer equivalency request form.
Please use a separate form for each request, listing no more than one course per form. Appropriate documentation about the course which will enable the department chair to make a decision - such as course description, syllabus or course materials - must be included with this request.
Ordering Your Official USD Transcripts
Your transcript - an official copy of your educational record - may be ordered in person, by mail, fax or online. We cannot accept transcript request forms by email. Official transcripts include all of your courses taken at any South Dakota Board of Regents institution, both undergraduate and graduate. Courses transferred from other institutions will appear on your transcript, as well as degrees awarded and honors received.
Online transcript requests are fulfilled through Parchment. The quickest way to receive your official transcript is online through Parchment.
Please contact Parchment’s live-chat feature if you are having trouble creating a Parchment account, logging in, or experiencing difficulty ordering your transcript.
The live-chat is staffed from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.
- Transcript Request (Mail/In-Person)
Please remember to sign the request form. Unsigned forms will not be processed.
Transcript Request Fees
There is a fee of $9 per transcript requested online or in person. Transcripts requested online require payment via credit/debit card. In person requests must be paid at the time of the request in the form of cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card.
Office of the Registrar
The University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
View Your Academic History
For more information on how to view your academic history, visit Coyote One Stop.
Student-athletes must meet all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) general eligibility requirements, as well as University of South Dakota academic requirements, to be eligible for intercollegiate competition at USD. A compliance representative in the USD Office of the Registrar determines this eligibility by certifying that each student-athlete meets the following NCAA rules.
Incoming Freshman Student-Athletes
Student-athletes entering the University of South Dakota as freshmen with no previous full-time college attendance must meet specific academic requirements as certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center in addition to being enrolled as a full-time student at USD (enrolled in at least 12 semester hours).
Registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center also includes an amateurism certification section used to determine the amateur status of freshmen and transfer prospective student-athletes. Student-athletes must request and receive their Final Amateurism Certification to be eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics.
For more information, contact the USD Compliance Office at 605-658-5506.
Student-athletes transferring to the University of South Dakota from another institution must meet a specific set of NCAA rules. The NCAA has final approval for any exceptions or of the waiving of these rules.
- NCAA 2019-2020 Guide for Four-Year Transfers for Student-Athletes at Four-Year Colleges
- NCAA 2019-2020 Guide for Two-Year Transfers for Student-Athletes at Two-Year Colleges
Faculty & Staff
The University of South Dakota recently received $999,976 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project titled Grounding Science Education in Indigenous Knowledges, Food Systems, and Sustainability (Grounding Science).
The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts Department of Music is hosting the 48th annual South Dakota Senior Honor Choir camp this week, which culminates in a showcase concert Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Vermillion High School.
The University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law is welcoming two new assistant professors of law, Shirley Mays, J.D., and Robert Miller, J.D.