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North Dakota

Discover the Cost Advantage: South Dakota vs. North Dakota.

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 North Dakota.

As a North Dakota resident, you're eligible for in-state tuition rates at USD. This translates to significant savings, with tuition fees at USD being approximately $2,500 less per year compared to North Dakota's flagship university, the University of North Dakota.

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

South Dakota
North Dakota
Tuition & Fees
$9,432 $10,952
Housing & Food
$9,904 $10,912
Direct Costs Total
$19,336 $21,864

University of North Dakota annual tuition: $21,864 [source]

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

You save: $2,528

Savings over 4 years: $10,112



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

hear from a usd alum

Success story Malachi Peterson smiling.
USD provided me with a network of alumni who now serve in a multitude of roles across the U.S. who I can contact and have contacted to get input and advice on projects and professional situations where I've needed a listening ear or second opinion. Making the decision to attend the University of South Dakota remains one of the best, most important and most impactful decisions I've ever made.

Malachi Petersen

City Planner, City of West Fargo
West Fargo, North Dakota

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