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Graduate School Orientation

Welcome to the USD Graduate School!

USD Graduate Orientation Series

We are thrilled you have joined the Coyote family. A first step to success is making sure you know where to find your resources.

The Graduate School has compiled a series of online orientation materials to assist in your transition to or continuation in graduate education at USD. Please complete the self-paced online orientation before you begin classes and refer back to these resources at any time throughout your time at USD.

If you have questions about graduate orientation, your class schedule or what your next steps should be before starting the semester, be sure to reach out to the team in the Graduate School. Stop in and see us in Slagle Hall 304, call 605-658-6173 or email us at

Select Your Orientation Path

Depending on if you are a new student, just received your first graduate assistantship or are a returning graduate teaching assistant, you may need to review and submit documentation before the start of the semester. The Graduate Student Orientation Series will provide valuable resources for your success. Please watch the following videos from the appropriate options below.
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New Graduate Students Should RSVP to the Welcome Lunch and Resource Fair

All new graduate students are invited to attend the upcoming new graduate student welcome lunch and resource fair. 


Friday, August 23, 2024


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Resource Fair
12:00 p.m. - Welcome Lunch 


 RSVP by August 9th
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Get Involved with the Community in Vermillion

From finding housing to getting involved with young professionals in the Vermillion area, the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) is a great resource to:


  • Meet other community members
  • Find things to do and access local maps
  • Research housing and find relocation information
  • Join Vermillion NEXT - a young professionals network
  • Get discount on VCDC sponsored events and more...

Learn More

More Resources

Please review the following resources to make sure you are ready for the start of the semester.


We know navigating graduate school can be a detailed process. If you have questions, we are here to help you every step of the way. Our dedicated team will be able to address questions or concerns that you may have about the policies, assistantships, graduation and more.
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Beth Freeburg

Associate Provost
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Briana Rollefson

Program Assistant
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Brittany Wagner

Dir-Graduate Education

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