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Student Life

Some of your greatest years are just ahead of you. Come build connections, create memories and experience the Yote Life.

Find Your Fit

From move-in day to the moment you cross the graduation stage, this journey is yours to define.  Whether you are joining groups with similar interests and passions or you are trying something completely new, there is a place here ready for you. 


Community of Care

When you’re ready to take a breather, we’re here. You can count on us to ensure  that you stay rested, healthy and safe from the inside out. 

Student Life 
By the Numbers

No really, we mean it when we say there is something for everyone here. Just look at these numbers...
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Be Heard

What matters to you and how will you make an impact here? This is your story, your community and your campus. Join one of the many student organizations or clubs to meet new friends and make a difference. 

Get Involved
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Be a Coyote

Listen, our hype team is the real deal! If you've got spirit and can bring the energy, the student section is waiting for you. Better yet, make it official and join the USD Spirit Squad or the Coyote Crazies. *Insert Coyote Howl*


Athletics & Spirit Squad
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Be Active

Your wellness journey just got upgraded. Take advantage of group fitness options, get set up with a personal trainer or bring your crew and get competitive in our intramural sports. Whatever your wellness preference may be, it's here.


Fitness & Recreation
USD theatre performance of Into the Woods

Express Yourself

Embrace your creativity and share your gifts with the world by getting involved in the arts and cultural events at USD. We are ready to be inspired by you.


Arts & Culture
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Embrace the Yote Life

This community is rooted in tradition and fueled by memorable, impactful moments – incredible people connected by unforgettable experiences. In short, it's the Yote Life! 


Special Events & Traditions

Campus Events

Here's what's coming up for you at USD.

June 29, 2023

Intro to Yote Life

August 22, 2023

USD Anime Club Meeting

Meeting for the USD Anime Club

January 08, 2024

Chi Alpha Gathering

January 15, 2024

360 Degrees Bootcamp

Wanting a program that gives you all 3 fitness realms in 1? Look no further!! 360 has just what you are looking for! A full circle...

January 15, 2024

360 Degrees Bootcamp

A full circle program of strength, cardio, and flexibility. Our trainer will take you through 2 days of total body workouts and Fridays will be challenging...

January 29, 2024

38th Annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition

The Annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition is an annual exhibit in the John A. Day Gallery, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, University of...

January 29, 2024

Mind Body Challenge

You are invited to go on a mind body journey to find more balance in 2024. Complete up to 30 mind body classes to win a...

February 01, 2024

LaHSO Meetings

February 05, 2024


Attend classes and receive stickers to fill your bingo card!! Fill the entire card to win a prize!!! February 5th-May 5th, Participation is FREE!!!! Visit...

February 09, 2024

Admitted Students Days 2024

February 19, 2024

Spiderwoman Theatre Company

Designated dining space for Spiderwoman Theatre company members for weeklong residency

February 21, 2024

Black History Month Trivia Bowl

Black History Month Trivia Bowl

February 22, 2024

USD Book Club Febraury Meeting

February 22, 2024

Korean Snack day

introduce Korean snacks to students

February 22, 2024

Literally Speaking

Please join VLP for a night of poetry! We will have a featured poet read their work and an open mic will follow. Join us from...

February 23, 2024

USD Symphony Orchestra Concert

The USD Department of Music invites you to this evening's concert, in Aalfs Auditorium, Slagle Hall, and livestreamed via the link available elsewhere on this...

February 24, 2024

African Night

African Night is our biggest event of the year.  Food and drinks will be served. 

February 24, 2024

Anna McAuliffe and Nate Wigton, Senior Voice Recital

Anna McAuliffe, mezzo-soprano, and Nate Wigton, baritone, present their senior recital in Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, and livestreamed...

February 24, 2024

USD Scripps Southeast SD Spelling Bee

USD sponsors the Southeast South Dakota Scripps Spelling Bee competition for participating schools sending competitors to this semi-final competition. Spellers will compete for the chance...

February 25, 2024

USD Spring Choral Showcase

Dr. David Holdhusen and Dr. Timothy Campbell, together with USD's choral ensembles, invite you to this evening's concert, from Aalfs Auditorium, Slagle Hall and...

February 26, 2024

1L Experiential Program event

need up top 20 rectangular tables and one chair at each spread out for a tabling event.  adjust portion of ballroom to size needed.   no stage...

February 26, 2024

Paisley Rekdal's Appropriate: A Provocation Book Discussion

Discussion with award-winning author and poet Paisley Rekdal. Moderated by Department of English Professor, Lee Ann Roripaugh. Please come join us!

February 26, 2024

Paisley Rekdal Book Reading & Signing

Award-winning author and poet Paisley Rekdal will give a reading and book signing. Books will be available for purchase at this event. Please come join...

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