Cars moving fast at night at downtown Vermillion.

Life in Vermillion

Experience all that Vermillion, South Dakota has to offer.


Nestled along the banks of the Missouri River, Vermillion is an idyllic college town filled with restaurants, movie theaters and museums all within walking distance, perfect for students with or without cars.


Depending on the season, you can go kayaking, sailing, biking, hiking or golfing a few minutes from campus, or check out skiing or snowboarding at Great Bear Recreation Park about an hour north.

Feel like getting out of town for the weekend? Sioux City and Sioux Falls are within an hour’s drive, while you can get to Minneapolis and Omaha in less than a few hours.


Parked cars and buildings in downtown Vermillion.

Warm and Welcoming

Residents, students and visitors to Vermillion have enjoyed the city's warm and welcoming charm for more than 150 years. Today, about 10,000 adventurers, farmers, manufacturers, professionals and scholars call Vermillion their home.
A sidewalk and sign on downtown Vermillion.

Easily Accessible

Downtown restaurants, movie theaters, cafés and specialty shops are all within walking distance of the campus. But if you're up for a road trip, you can make Sioux Falls or Sioux City in less than an hour, Omaha in about two and Minneapolis in five.
Students canoeing on the Missouri river.

Seasonal Adventures

Choose a season, select your adventure. Kayak on the Missouri River or sail on Lewis & Clark Lake. Bike along the river, hike at Spirit Mound. Golf at The Bluffs or splash down at the new Prentis Plunge aquatic center. And if it happens to snow, ski or snowboard at nearby Great Bear Recreational Park.

Experience Vermillion

Residents, students and visitors to Vermillion have enjoyed the city's warm and welcoming charm for more than 150 years. Today, about 10,000 adventurers, farmers, manufacturers, professionals and scholars call Vermillion their home.

hear from a usd alum

Success story Dominic Long smiling.
I initially found out about USD while being recruited for football. After multiple visits to Vermillion, I felt at home with the small-town vibe and the campus size, but was especially excited to be in the KSM department. Once I got to my sophomore year and a bit more immersed in the KSM curriculum that I had been anticipating, I knew that I found the right fit and I could not be happier with my decision.

Dominic Long

B.S Kinesiology and Sport Management, Exercise Science '20
Sports Performance Coach, First Pick Performance
Lincoln, NE

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