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Discover the Cost Advantage: South Dakota vs. Kansas.

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 Kansas.

As a Kansas resident, you're eligible for in-state tuition rates at USD. This translates to significant savings, with tuition fees at USD being just over $4,000 less per year compared to Kansas's flagship university, the University of Kansas.

Take a look at the '23-'24 numbers:

South Dakota
Tuition & Fees
$9,432 $11,280
Housing & Food
$9,904 $12,252
Direct Costs Total
$19,336 $23,580

University of Kansas annual tuition: $23,532 [source]

University of South Dakota annual tuition: $19,336 [source]

You save: $4,196

Savings over 4 years: $16,784



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hear from a usd alum

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I’m really grateful that I chose USD for my undergraduate education. USD has definitely exposed me to a lot of different issue areas and has really helped me with my personal success. USD also taught me the skill of networking, which is very important for the future.

Nick Kennedy 

B.A. Native American Studies & History '24
Lawrence, KS

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