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Military and Veteran Admissions

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The University of South Dakota is proud to serve our student veterans, current military members and the families of military members. We are committed to supporting those who have served our country and want to make your transition to college life as seamless as possible.

Military Admissions Application Options
  • First-time Undergraduate Student. If you are a first-time college student who has never been enrolled in post-secondary study, you should apply as a first-time undergraduate student.
  • Returning Student. If you were enrolled at the University of South Dakota and are returning after a deployment, you will need to complete the freshman student application for admission.
  • Transfer Student. If you are a student who was or is currently enrolled in post-secondary study at another college or university and are now interested in undergraduate admission at the University of South Dakota you should apply as a transfer student.
  • Graduate Student. If you have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree and are looking to continue your studies as a graduate student at the University of South Dakota, you should apply for Graduate School Admission.
GI Bill/VA Educational Assistance

Military/Veteran students who plan to use federal VA Educational Assistance such as the GI Bill should apply for those benefits through the USD Office of Veterans' Services.

Admitted Military Students

Congratulations! Check the Admitted Military Student Checklist for your next steps in becoming a Coyote.

Accolades for Veteran and Military Services at USD

  • Best for Vets

    Military Times Best for Vets

    Military Times ranks USD as a "Best for Vets" college based on university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies and financial aid.

  • Military Friendly School badge 2020-2021

    Military Friendly 

    G.I. Jobs designates USD as a "Military Friendly" school for its commitment to supporting student veterans on campus and in their careers.

  • Military Advancd Education Top Colelges and Universities

    Military Advanced Education

    The Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities ranks USD among the top colleges for veterans based on military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services.