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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.

August 03, 2022

USD Music Camp

January 20, 2023

NMM Special Exhibition: "As Good As Gold: The First 50 Years"

National Music Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary Year with Special Exhibition "As Good As Gold: The First 50 Years." The National Music Museum (NMM) is celebrating 50...

May 08, 2023

Summer Bootcamps

M/W/F 6-6:50 MAC Court Join Becca for the summer to get and stay in shape throughout the summer months! These are 3...

May 26, 2023

Set-up/Tear Down 2022 Girls State

American Legion Auxiliary South Dakota Girls State - Set-up and Tear Down

May 28, 2023

2023 Girls State

American Legion Auxiliary South Dakota Girls State 

June 05, 2023

Kids Climbing Camp

Join us for our kids' climbing camp this summer! Experienced staff will facilitate climbing games, training activities, and introductions to different types of climbing. A great...

June 05, 2023

CoRec Summer Softball

Join our CoRec Softball league at the Wellness Center! Anyone in the Vermillion Community is welcome to play! Monday Night Games beginning June 5 6 week...

June 16, 2023

NMM LIVE! | Paul Imholte

Like a harvester gathering vintage grapes, Paul Imholte collects the wonder of acoustical string music and shares that beauty with audiences. Known as the “stringman,” he...

June 22, 2023

Pekas-Hundahl Wedding

Denise called (8/1) and they want a bigger ceremony space and are looking into other locations. They want to cancel the chapel. They also want...

June 23, 2023

NMM LIVE! | Lynx Lynx

Vidar Skrede and Patrik Ahlberg join their Scandinavian fiddle forces together in this Norwegian-Swedish folk music duo – Lynx Lynx. The variety of strings includes fiddles...

June 23, 2023

Pekas-Hundahl Wedding

Denise called (8/1) and they want a bigger ceremony space and are looking into other locations. They want to cancel the chapel. They also want...

June 29, 2023

Intro to Yote Life

July 09, 2023

71st Annual USD Summer Music Camp

Summer Music Camp is a six-day experience of learning and music-making open to students who have completed grades 5–12. Activities include vocal and...

July 11, 2023

USD Music Camp

July 11, 2023

Breakthrough Basketball Camp

BREAKTHROUGH BASKETBALL: Shooting and Ball Handling Camp Reserve your spot @ Camp will be held at the USD Wellness Center on July 11-12, 2023...

July 13, 2023

Music Camp Event

July 19, 2023

OT/PA/PT Orientation

July 21, 2023

SSOM Meetings

We want to host meetings for parents and for the spouses of our medical students. We also will be hosting lunch that day for those members...

August 16, 2023

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