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Discover the Cost Advantage: South Dakota vs. Minnesota.

Expand your opportunities when you make USD your home away from home. An educational experience curated specifically for you. Having the collegiate experience that you've dreamed about 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 Minnesota.

As a Minnesota resident, you're eligible for in-state tuition rates at USD. This translates to significant savings, with tuition fees at USD being just over $11,000 less per year compared to Minnesota's flagship university, the University of Minnesota.

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

South Dakota
Tuition & Fees
$9,432 $17,190 
Housing & Food
$10,356 $13,878
Direct Costs Total
$19,788 $31,068

University of Minnesota annual tuition: $31,068 [source]

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

You save: $11,280

Savings over 4 years: $45,120



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

hear from a usd alum

Rylan Andrew Behnke smiling.
I have always known that I wanted to be a doctor. After hearing about the medical biology major, I knew USD was the place for me. Some of the ways the faculty have assisted are by working directly with medical school staff, holding undergraduate classes with professors, and encouraging participation in clubs. USD is a great institution that will prepare you for the rigors of any professional program or future job while also allowing you to be involved in extracurriculars. It has a culture that focuses on relationships.

Rylan Andrew Behnke

B.S. Medical Biology '24
Slayton, Minnesota

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