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Last Updated June 3

Fall 2020 Semester Schedule

The University of South Dakota (USD) will begin its fall semester Aug. 19 and conclude classroom instruction by Thanksgiving for most of its academic programs, as announced by the South Dakota Board of Regents June 3.

As in the past, some professional and graduate programs will continue to operate on a separate academic calendar, including the Sanford School of Medicine and School of Law, as well as the physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant programs.

The board announced last month its commitment to on-campus operations this fall. Today, the regents said all campuses will begin instruction on Wednesday, Aug. 19, which is three days earlier than originally scheduled. Instead of returning to campus after the Thanksgiving recess Nov. 25-29, students will complete their final exams remotely.

Graduate Students

Graduate programs that require an admission test (ex. GRE, GMAT) will be waived for summer 2020 and fall 2020 admission as many testing locations are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Students

USD has approved the Duolingo English proficiency test for fall 2020 admission applications due to the closure of many testing centers.

Visit the International Office for More Information

Campus Visits

In the midst of COVID-19, we must prioritize the health and well-being of visitors like you as well as our students, faculty and staff. To help prevent the potential spreading of COVID-19, we are cancelling all campus visits to USD starting Friday, March 13 through Friday, July 31. This includes all individual visits and group visits.

We will be in touch with you to reschedule your visit, and we apologize for any inconvenience these cancellations may cause. 

USD has options for you to experience a campus visit digitally and interact with USD staff members online.

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Virtual Visits

You can meet online with an admissions counselor to go over topics such as the admissions process, financial aid, student life and how USD can help you meet your educational goals. If available, a representative from your academic program of interest may later join the online meeting as well. For more information, visit

USD Webinars

Curious to learn more about what USD has to offer you? Browse through our free educational webinars and watch on demand. You can also tune in to live webinars as they are being recorded.

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Virtual Tour

Visit USD from the comfort of your own home! Follow along with two of our student ambassadors as they show you around campus or explore campus at your own pace with USD Campus View, a 360 degree tour of the place we call home.


USD is actively processing applications. It's not too late to be a Coyote! There's still time to apply for admission.

If you have any urgent questions regarding an upcoming visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at 605-658-6200 or at admissions@usd.ed.

For a current count of cases in South Dakota, visit the South Dakota Department of Health website.