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New App Helps Students Connect in Digital Age

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VERMILLION, S.D -- USD Yote Life, a new app created by the University of South Dakota, will help students stay connected with campus and the Vermillion area.

Douglas Wagner, director of program and activities at USD, said the goal is to connect with students who already use technology on a daily basis and also give the university a new way to market events.

“Students are constantly accessing things on their phone, and we really wanted to meet them where they are,” Wagner said. “We also felt that this would be a more sustainable method of marketing, rather than printing a bunch of posters or flyers.” Student organizations and other groups are encouraged to promote their events on the app, he said.

The USD Yote Life app features: events and activities around campus; personalized calendar and to-do lists; dining options; points of interest and businesses on campus and around area; team schedules and ticket options; news from The Volante; university social media sites; and maps of buildings and parking lots.

USD already sent an email to students announcing the app and will promote its use when classes resume. Students should also give feedback on the app’s features, Wagner said.

More information on the app, links to download it for an iOS or Android device and a website that also contains the information are available online. That site also includes an option to receive a text message with the download link.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News