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Discover the Cost Advantage: South Dakota vs. Illinois.

Expand your opportunities when you make USD your home away from home. Having the collegiate experience you've always dreamed of is even more affordable than you may have imagined through 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 Illinois.

As an Illinois resident, you're eligible for in-state tuition rates at USD. This translates to significant savings, with tuition fees at USD being nearly $12,400 less per year compared to Illinois's flagship university, the University of Illinois. 

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

South Dakota
Tuition & Fees
$9,432 $17,640
Housing & Food
$10,356 $14,522
Direct Costs Total
$19,788 $32,162 

University of Illinois annual tuition: $32,162 [source]

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

You save: $12,374 

Savings over 4 years: $49,496 

Along with the affordable tuition, USD has much more to offer!



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

Hear from a usd alum

Success story Nicole Decker smiling.
Some of my favorite memories were made in the Fine Arts building.One big factor was that USD had both a great business program, but also a great music program with really great staff. They all helped me grow as a person and eventually an educator, and I can still rely on them I need help in any way. I feel successful here because I have made many helpful contacts through USD that help support me in my career. 

Nicole Decker

B.F.A. Music Education'14
Woodridge, Illinois

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