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A drone shot of campus. Old Main, East Hall and Slagle Hall are visible. The Dakota Dome can be seen from a distance.

Location: Vermillion, South Dakota
Founded: 1862 (the state's oldest public university)
President: Sheila K. Gestring (since 2018)

Enrollment (Fall 2021)

  • Total Enrollment: 9,464
  • Undergraduate: 6,987
  • Graduate: 1,980
  • Medicine: 270
  • Law: 227

Campus & Community

USD is located on an attractive 274-acre campus in Vermillion, a small community nestled along the bluffs above the Missouri River in the southeast corner of South Dakota. Vermillion serves as a safe, welcoming host for the university and recreational and cultural opportunities abound in town, the nearby countryside and in neighboring communities.

Statistical Highlights

Academic Programs

Student Organizations

There are more than 120 organizations and clubs, including social, sports, religious, pre-professional and hobby groups.

On-Campus Housing

  • 84% of new freshmen live on campus
  • 34% of all undergraduates live on campus

Financial Aid Profile

  • Undergraduates receiving aid: Approximately 81%


Top Undergraduate Fields of Study

  • Nursing, Business, Health Sciences, Elementary Education, Kinesiology & Sport Management, Biology/Medical Biology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Accounting and Media & Journalism


  • Total Faculty: 431
  • With Highest Degree in Field: 75.2%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 15:1


  • More than 70,000 alumni

Finances (2017)

  • The University: $147.7 million
  • Medical School: $54.6 million

Homecoming Celebration


  • NCAA Division I ; Coyote Athletics website
  • Mascot: Charlie Coyote
  • Colors: Red and white
  • Men's Sports
    Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field
  • Women's Sports
    Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon, Volleyball