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Student Life

Some of your greatest years are just ahead of you. Come build connections, create memories and experience the Yote Life.

Find Your Fit

From move-in day to the moment you cross the graduation stage, this journey is yours to define.  Whether you are joining groups with similar interests and passions or you are trying something completely new, there is a place here ready for you. 


Community of Care

When you’re ready to take a breather, we’re here. You can count on us to ensure  that you stay rested, healthy and safe from the inside out. 

Student Life 
By the Numbers

No really, we mean it when we say there is something for everyone here. Just look at these numbers...
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Be Heard

What matters to you and how will you make an impact here? This is your story, your community and your campus. Join one of the many student organizations or clubs to meet new friends and make a difference. 

Get Involved
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Be a Coyote

Listen, our hype team is the real deal! If you've got spirit and can bring the energy, the student section is waiting for you. Better yet, make it official and join the USD Spirit Squad or the Coyote Crazies. *Insert Coyote Howl*


Athletics & Spirit Squad
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Be Active

Your wellness journey just got upgraded. Take advantage of group fitness options, get set up with a personal trainer or bring your crew and get competitive in our intramural sports. Whatever your wellness preference may be, it's here.


Fitness & Recreation
USD theatre performance of Into the Woods

Express Yourself

Embrace your creativity and share your gifts with the world by getting involved in the arts and cultural events at USD. We are ready to be inspired by you.


Arts & Culture
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Embrace the Yote Life

This community is rooted in tradition and fueled by memorable, impactful moments – incredible people connected by unforgettable experiences. In short, it's the Yote Life! 


Special Events & Traditions

Campus Events

Here's what's coming up for you at USD.

November 15, 2021

2021 Oscar Howe Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition

"Honoring Mystic Nature" features the work of Native Modern Artist, Oscar Howe. This exhibition is co-curated by the 2021 Oscar Howe Curatorial Fellows, Lacey McLouth...

March 26, 2022

"Gamelan: A Way of Life" Special Exhibition

National Music Museum to present “Gamelan: A Way of Life”  “Learning about gamelan music is learning about life,” according to gamelan master Midiyanto. Celebrate the music...

May 09, 2022

MUC Closed for Summer

May 23, 2022

Session 1: May 23 - June 24 (register by May 18th) Session 2: June 27 - July 29 (register by June 22) Join a 5 week bootcamp incorporating...

May 27, 2022

Set-up/Tear Down 2022 Girls State

American Legion Auxiliary South Dakota Girls State - Set-up and Tear Down

May 29, 2022

2022 Girls State

American Legion Auxiliary South Dakota Girls State 

June 06, 2022

Kids Climb Camp

Kids Climb Camp provides a fun and safe opportunity for Children to learn climbing safety techniques while playing games and getting physical activity SESSION SCHEDULE: 1...

June 06, 2022

Adult Summer Softball

located at USD Softball Fields Register online at by June 1st

June 12, 2022

USD Business Analytics Adventure

USD Business Analytics Adventure is a five-day experience packed with fun activities such as networking with business industry leaders touring analytics companies in Sioux Falls...

June 15, 2022

USD Dept of Music Band Directors Institute

The Department of Music invites you to register for their annual summer Band Directors Institute, held June 15-17.  This year's guest composer is Paul...

June 15, 2022

USD Dept of Music Choral Directors Institute

The Department of Music invites you to register for their annual summer Choral Directors Institute.  This year's guest clinician is Dr. Jacob Narverud.  For registration...

June 18, 2022

This class will provide youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants.  This training will help participants...

June 26, 2022

Dakota Dreams Meal Service

Dakota Dreams summer camp will be hosting 100 participants, 10 counselors, and a variety of presenters. This reservation is for food services.

July 08, 2022

USD Music Camp Set up

July 09, 2022

USD Music Camp set up

July 11, 2022

USD Music Camp Sectional

July 11, 2022

USD Music Camp Sectional

July 11, 2022

Music Camp

July 12, 2022

Train and Improve your game under Coach Troy Slavin. Focus on fundamental skills and strategies used over the last several years to help hundreds of youth...

July 19, 2022

DEPSCoR Conference

The University of South Dakota hosts DEPSCoR DoD Day, presented by the Department of Defense. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Program officers from the...

July 22, 2022

South Dakota Governor's Camp

The USD School of Education offers a week-long summer program for gifted students entering grades 6-9 who want to expand their strengths and make...

July 26, 2022

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