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First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience (FYE) is a program that offers a one-credit class to help you successfully navigate through your first semester.

Find Your Passion, Find Your People

We know that adjusting to college life can be difficult. By enrolling in USD 101 or an FYE seminar, you'll be part of exciting classes, personal support networks, and will make connections to faculty, staff and other students. These opportunities help you succeed academically and socially during your first year of college.


alum success story

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I love USD, I will never not love USD. I was one of the best times of my life and there is no place as special as USD in Vermillion, SD. I have talked to so many people from around the world about their college experiences and USD is unrivaled in how much I learned, the people I met, and the way it prepared me for life.

Haley (Hubregtse) Holmes

M.A. Education Administration '04
B.B.A., B.S. Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Psychology '02
Lennox, SD

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