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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
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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.

March 26, 2022

"Gamelan: A Way of Life" Special Exhibition

National Music Museum to present “Gamelan: A Way of Life”  “Learning about gamelan music is learning about life,” according to gamelan master Midiyanto. Celebrate the music...

May 09, 2022

MUC Closed for Summer

August 10, 2022

Recruitment Orientation

August 16, 2022

Student Services GA Social

August 18, 2022

One Stop Shop

August 21, 2022

Fraternity Recruitment

August 22, 2022

School Survival Tips

August 23, 2022

CSD Clinic Orientation

August 23, 2022

Open Mic & Game Night

An incredible opportunity to showcase your talents in a welcoming, supportive environment. Individuals can sing, read poetry, perform comedy, etc. while being surrounded by an assortment...

August 24, 2022

OMA- Watch Party Kickback

It's movie night! Bring a blanket, grab your favorite snack, grab your friends and enjoy a movie with us, right here on campus! 

August 25, 2022

Color Your Academic Success: You've Got This!

Start your year off strong Coyotes! Stickers. Pens. Markers. Planning Worksheets.Highlighters, Pens & Friends. You want to succeed in college this semester? So do we...

August 26, 2022

SFRR Destress Night

This event is to help us find new members, and it is to help new students socialize and have a relaxing first Friday back. We will...

August 26, 2022

First Friday's

Welcome to First Fridays!  Each month, we host First Fridays to encourage cross-campus collaboration, highlight student organizations, and different communities across campus, and enjoy each...

August 29, 2022

Chi Alpha

September 02, 2022

Nursing White Coat Ceremony

Take The Next Step