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Discover the Cost Advantage: South Dakota vs. Colorado.

Expand your opportunities when you make USD your home away from home. Having the collegiate experience you've always dreamed of doesn't have to break the bank and it won't when you attend USD.

Discover Vermillion, South Dakota, home to the University of South Dakota main campus. It is here that you will experience the charm of small-town living while enjoying access to urban conveniences, all at the fraction of the cost you'd find in Colorado.

As a Colorado resident, you're eligible for in-state tuition rates at USD. This translates to significant savings, with tuition fees at USD being just above $12,000 less per year compared to Colorado's flagship university, the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Take a look at the '24-'25 numbers:

South Dakota
Tuition & Fees
$9,432 $14,002 
Housing & Food
$10,356 $17,798
Direct Costs Total
$19,788 $31,800 

University of Colorado-Boulder annual tuition: $31,800 [source]

University of South Dakota annual tuition: $19,788 [source]

You save: $12,012 

Savings over 4 years: $48,048 



Here are a few things you should know about the University of South Dakota.

hear from a usd alum

Kaira Liberto smiling.
When looking for a college to go to I was looking at ones out of state. I knew I wanted to go to a college with a small population and was affordable. The University of South Dakota hit all of my criteria and was not too far from home. USD's education system has prepared me to be successful by giving me the tools to work with different populations and taught me how to be an efficient writer.

Kaira Liberto 

B.A. Criminal Justice & Sociology '21
Colorado Springs, CO

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