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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.

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 03, 2022

USD Music Camp

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

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 01, 2022

MUC Bingo

September 06, 2022

Small Group Meeting

September 10, 2022

Admissions Saturday Visits

September 12, 2022

Velocity Bootcamp 1

Take your fitness to the next level and challenge yourself with our Velocity Bootcamp! Workouts include cardio, strength, and flexibility to give you a well rounded...

September 12, 2022

Yote Tracker

Need a way to motivate yourself to come into the Wellness Center? Join the Yote Tracker and challenge yourself to get in shape and create a...

September 13, 2022

Basic Bootcamp 1

Looking to start a fitness journey for the new year, but not sure how? Join our personal trainer for a Basic Bootcamp that will give you...

September 14, 2022

USD Wellness Center Blood Drive

Impact Local Lives In Our Community!!! USD Wellness Center Blood Drive, Friday, October 14, 2022 from 8am-11:30 am & 1pm-4pm. Donors must be...

September 14, 2022

Stress Reliever: Wellness Pit Stop

Time for a Wellness Pit Stop! We know you've been working hard so take a break and enjoy a quick stress reliever with the Office...

September 19, 2022

2,500 Mile Challenge

As a team we will work together to obtain 2,500 miles during cycling classes. Attend classes, write down miles and ride your way to the...

October 05, 2022

YGT- audtions

Have a talent you want to show off with to your peers? Want to be apart of one of the long standing traditions on USD's...

October 05, 2022

Passion and Practice: Western Cast Iron Art Alliance Conference 2022

USD Department of Art will host the 7th Annual Cast Iron Art Alliance Conference Professional Art Exhibition.   Gallery Reception, October 7 from 5pm to 7pm.  

October 06, 2022

AASA Welcome event with Boba tea

AASA is kicking off 2022-2023 with a welcome event open to all, where everyone will be able to have Boba (bubble tea) and some snacks...

October 06, 2022

Western Cast Iron Art Alliance Conference

Western Cast Iron Art Alliance Conference - Keynotes, panel discussions

October 06, 2022

USD Bands Showcase Concert

The USD  Band area faculty, students, and community players invite you to this evening's performance, live in Slagle Hall, Aalfs Auditorium, or livestreamed from the...

October 06, 2022

Mark Hayward, PBK Visiting Scholar, Speaks on “Improving our Nation’s Health”

Mark Hayward, Phi Beta Kappa's Annual Visiting Scholar will speaks on the topic "Improving our Nation’s Health." Refreshments will be provided in Old Main...

October 06, 2022

Fall Swim Lessons Session #2

We offer swimming lessons at the USD Dome Pool for all ages and abilities to build safety, skill, and confidence in the water. All lessons are...

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