Honors Student Advantage

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It's not what you expect, but it's everything you want.

The Honors Program at USD isn’t about courses that move faster and cover more material; it’s about developing you into a person who’s passionate about contributing to society and preparing for a rapidly changing world. By fostering enriched educational opportunities for academically talented and highly motivated students, USD can offer an engaging, stimulating and rewarding experience.

Our students are overwhelmingly successful at achieving a full, varied, enriching college experience. They hold more than 25 percent of all campus leadership positions, study abroad at a higher-than-average rate and compete successfully for nationally competitive scholarships and graduate school placements.

The Honors Program is not about overwhelming yourself with more information, it's about teaching you skills that will give you a competitive advantage in your chosen career. These skills will provide a foundation for a life of learning that will help you achieve your goals.

The Honors Advantage:

  • A close, supportive community of 350 exceptional students
  • Intellectual challenge
  • Innovative teaching
  • An Honors-specific core curriculum
  • Small classes taught by the best professors on campus
  • Individualized academic advising and priority registration
  • Enhanced seminars, research, internships and travel opportunities
  • Potential for leadership experiences beginning in your first year
  • Living-learning communities
  • Honors dedicated study lounge

The majority of Honors graduates pursue graduate and professional training at some of the best institutions in the U.S. and around the world. Over the past five years, Honors graduates have a 96 percent placement rate in graduate and professional programs.


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    Students have additional opportunities to engage in research and earn scholarships through the generous donation. Honors can help you succeed and give you the competitive edge you need.

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    University of South Dakota rising senior Tamee Livermont, from Martin, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, has been awarded the prestigious Udall Scholarship for the second straight year.

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