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Discover the Cost Advantage: South Dakota vs. Nebraska.

Expand your opportunities when you make USD your home away from home. Just north of your home state, find an educational experience that is curated specifically for you. 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 Nebraska.

As a Nebraska resident, you're eligible for in-state tuition rates at USD. This translates to significant savings, with tuition fees at USD being nearly $5,000 less per year compared to Nebraska's flagship university, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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

South Dakota
Tuition & Fees
$9,432 $10,108
Housing & Food
$9,904 $13,856
Direct Costs Total
$19,336 $23,964

University of Nebraska-Lincoln annual tuition: $23,964 [source]

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

You save: $4,628

Savings over 4 years: $18,512



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

hear from a usd alum

Success story Kaitlyn Kumm smiling.
The last year of college has set me up with goals that I want for a career. The classes and professors push us students to explore different options in our career field and encourage us to do our best in all that we do. I wouldn't be as successful if my professors didn't push me while they also allow me to explore my interests. I strongly believe that becoming a Coyote has allowed me to grow as an individual and grow towards the goals that I have set.

Kaitlyn Kumm

B.A. Media & Journalism, Strategic Communication '23
Wausa, Nebraska

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