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International Undergraduate Admissions

Explore application requirements, the admissions process and additional resources.


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International students who have officially completed secondary school (high school) in either the United States or their home country may apply for undergraduate admission.


Admission Deadlines

*To ensure sufficient review time, all required materials must be submitted two weeks before deadline.

  • 1 July - applications to begin study in fall semester
  • 14 August - SEVIS transfers (applications for students currently in the USA with a F-1 visa)
  • 15 November - applications to begin study in spring semester

Admission Requirements

  1. Official high school (secondary school) transcript with grade point average equivalent to 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting one of the following.

Application Materials

The following items must be submitted before an international application for admission can be evaluated.

Transfer from U.S. High School

Students who are already in the United States on an F-1 visa must have their SEVIS record transferred to the University of South Dakota after admission. Detailed background information about the SEVIS transfer process can be found on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website. Or, you may contact the International Office at

Contact Information

Contact us with any questions about admission requirements or the application process at or 1-605-658-6255.

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Next Steps

After you receive official notification that you are admitted, take a look at our International Undergraduate Student Checklist for a step-by-step guide through your next steps. There you will find information about visas, housing, registration – everything you need to know as you prepare for life at USD.