Welcome Packet

Welcome to USD

Congratulations! Now that you're officially a Coyote, it's time to become familiar with the resources and opportunities available to you as a USD student. 

Listed below are several services and resources that are here to help you succeed and make the most of your time as a Coyote. We can't wait to have you join us.

Welcome to USD. Welcome home.

Housing & Dining

Residence Halls & Meal Plans

Have you chosen your residence hall and signed up for a meal plan? You can cross both items off your list by completing the Housing Application.

Apply for Housing

This only applies to students at USD's main campus in Vermillion.



The USD Education

Explore USD’s undergraduate academic programs to find your major, and then click “View Curriculum” to see a four-year program guide. This will give you an idea of what classes you will take. You and your academic advisor will develop a plan of study that is right for you.

View Academic Programs

English and Math Placement

Go to our English and math placement page for more information about which class(es) to take and how to challenge a placement test.

View Placement Information

Registering for Classes

You can register for classes online at one of our virtual Coyote Registration events, or you can attend an in-person Coyote Registration event in Vermillion and get the Intro to Yote Life experience. You'll receive an email with sign-up information. Reach out to your admissions counselor with any questions. If you'll be attending a virtual registration event, review our registration self-service resources in advance.

View Self-Service Resources

Ordering Textbooks

Once you've registered for classes, you can purchase or rent your textbooks through USD's online bookstore. You can choose to have your textbooks delivered to your home address or our Vermillion campus bookstore location.

Order Textbooks


Paying Your Bill

We've created a step-by-step guide to walk you through the process of paying your bill. Visit our Billing & Payment webpage to access SDePay, learn about payment plans and explore the resources available to you.

Billing & Payment Resources

Do you have questions?

If you have questions about your financial aid award or how you will pay for college, our Office of Financial Aid can help. Request an appointment with a financial aid representative so we can walk you through your financial aid award and address any questions you may have.

Request a Financial Aid Appointment

Student Life

During your first few weeks at USD, you'll have an opportunity to attend a student organization fair to learn about all the ways you can get involved on campus. For an early look at the student life experiences available to you, check out our clubs and organizations, sorority and fraternity life, student government and more.

Get Involved

The majority of student organizations are at USD's main campus in Vermillion. Sioux Falls students can ask their advisors about opportunities to get involved.

Student Support

There are a variety of services available on campus to connect you with resources and help you achieve your goals. Whether you are looking for community, mental health support, student health information or academic resources, there are offices designed to help you. Explore the information on our website and reach out to DeanofStudents@usd.edu with any questions about the resources available to you.

Student Resources & Wellness

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Coyote Card

Your Coyote Card is your student ID; this is how you'll use your meal plan, access your residence hall, get tickets to athletic games and more. 

Request Your Coyote Card

Mobile Apps

USD offers two mobile apps — USDgo and USD Safe — to provide you with quick access to helpful resources, tools and information. Learn more about these apps and how you can use Grubhub on campus on our Mobile Apps page.

Download the USDgo App from iOS

Download the USDgo App from Google Play

Download the USD Safe App

Parking Pass

If you intend to keep a vehicle at campus, you'll likely need to purchase a parking pass. Students who live on campus are encouraged to purchase a "B" parking pass. Commuters and students who live off campus are encouraged to purchase an "A" parking pass. Make sure to review the parking map and regulations as well.

Order a Parking Pass


Looking to buy a laptop as you start college? Learn more about this opportunity as a new Coyote: USD offers students, faculty and staff the convenience of purchasing a laptop with Office 365 pre-installed, a 3-year warranty with onsite and accidental damage protection, free support offered by USD technicians and more.

Purchase a Laptop from USD

Coyote One Stop

Coyote One Stop is a website where you can ask questions and find resources about all things USD, wherever you are, anytime. To find the answers you need, you can either ask a question or search the knowledge base of existing Q&As.

Visit Coyote One Stop

Meet our team

You may have questions as you go through the college search and enrollment process. Our admissions counselors are here to help you every step of the way.
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Mark Petty

Dean of Enrollment
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Connor Peterson

Associate Director of Admissions
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Kody Thompson

Assistant Director of Admissions
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Moira Duncan

Admissions Counselor
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Cori Hup

Senior Admissions Counselor
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Abby Marquardt

Admissions Counselor
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Payton Ryz

Admissions Counselor
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Wyatt Thompson

Admissions Counselor
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TseChi Yen

Senior Admissions Counselor
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Noah Youngberg

Admissions Counselor
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Jeanne Haar

Enrollment Events Coordinator
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Jordan Decker

Associate Director of Admissions, USD-Sioux Falls Campus

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