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International students who have officially completed secondary school (high school) in either the United States or their home country may apply for undergraduate admission.

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Admission Deadlines

*To ensure sufficient review time, all required materials must be submitted two weeks before deadline.

  • 1 July - applications to begin study in fall semester
  • 14 August - SEVIS transfers (applications for students currently in the USA with a F-1 visa)
  • 15 November - applications to begin study in spring semester

Admission Requirements

1. Official high school (secondary school) transcript with grade point average equivalent to 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.

2. Demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting one of the following.

Non-Native Speaker of English

Must meet one of the following requirements:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

  • 71 or higher (iBT)
  • 530 or higher (paper test)

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

  • 6.0 or higher

Duolingo English Test

  • 100 or higher


  • ACT English 18+ OR SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing 500+

USD Intensive English Program (IEP)

  • Successful completion of USD’s Intensive English Program Level 3


ELS Language Center

  • Successful completion of the ELS English for Academic Purposes level 112

Cambridge International Examinations

  • English subject O-Level with B or higher
  • English subject A-Level with C or higher

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • IB English A (4 or higher) or IB English B (6 or higher)

High School Diploma from an U.S. high school

  • International students who graduated from an U.S. high school may be eligible to have the English proficiency requirement waived if they have a 2.6 or higher GPA (grade point average) and an official ACT or an SAT test score.

Native Speakers of English

Native Speakers of English

  • Native speakers of English – with appropriate documentation – may have the English proficiency requirement waived if they have the equivalent of a 2.6/4.0 or higher GPA (grade point average) and an official ACT or an SAT test score.

Application Procedure

  • Submit your completed application

Apply Online 

  • $20 USD application fee is non-refundable
  • Fee must be paid before your application will be processed and must accompany your application. Credit card payment accepted at the end of the online application. If using the paper application, you may pay with a credit card by phone by calling 1-877-269-6837
English Language Proficiency Documents
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted within two years of examination date. Official scores must be sent from the testing agency. Certified student copies may be submitted for contingent admission.
  • University of South Dakota TOEFL and SAT institutional code is 6881
  • University of South Dakota ACT institutional code is 3928
Official Transcripts
    USD accepts unofficial and unofficial partial transcripts for contingent admissions. Full admission is granted when all official documents are received. The deadline to receive official transcripts is 30 days before the start of classes.
IMPORTANT: Admission decisions are made without regard to financial ability. However, to avoid delays the following documents are required at the time of application.
  • Valid, unexpired passport. Copy of the page(s) containing the photo, date of birth, passport number, date of expiration and signature (if any). If your passport contains a current extension stamp, also include a photocopy of that page
Official Statement of Finances
  • All students are required to demonstrate financial ability to pay for at least one year of academic and living expenses before being issued a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status (I-20) by the University of South Dakota. For this important application step, the University of South Dakota follows the average annual enrollment of 30 credit hours for undergraduate students plus an estimate for living costs.
Submitting Materials
  • Mail hard copy materials to the following address:

Enrollment Processing Center
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390

Transfer from U.S. High School

Students who are already in the United States on an F-1 visa must have their SEVIS record transferred to the University of South Dakota after admission. Detailed background information about the SEVIS transfer process can be found on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website. Or, you may contact the International Office at

Contact Information

Contact us with any questions about admission requirements or the application process at or 1-877-269-6837.

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