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Discover the Cost Advantage: South Dakota vs. Wisconsin.

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 Wisconsin.

As a Wisconsin resident, you're eligible for in-state tuition rates at USD. This translates to significant savings, with tuition fees at USD being just over $6,000 less per year compared to Wisconsin's flagship university, the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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

South Dakota
Tuition & Fees
$9,432 $10,216
Housing & Food
$10,356 $10,216
Direct Costs Total
$19,788 $25,730

University of Wisconsin-Madison annual tuition: $26,102 [source]

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

You save: $6,314

Savings over 4 years: $25,256



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hear from a usd alum

Success story Chloe Fullenkamp smiling.
I am a third-generation legacy student at USD so being a Yote has always been in my blood. USD has presented so many opportunities for me not only as a student but as a human with so many chances to grow. I chose the Media and Journalism discipline because I love learning about people and their stories, and the M&J department presented so many opportunities for me. I would not have been able to succeed with Avera Group if it was not for USD.

Chloe Fullenkamp

B.A. Media & Journalism '22
Waunakee, Wisconsin

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