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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
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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.

August 03, 2022

USD Music Camp

September 12, 2022

Yote Tracker

Need a way to motivate yourself to come into the Wellness Center? Join the Yote Tracker and challenge yourself to get in shape and create a...

January 08, 2023

Workshop: Writing Your Way to a Winning Résumé and Cover Letter

This workshop provides practical tips and strategies for creating effective résumés and cover letters. Bring your questions. The presenters are Ashlin Schoenfelder, Career Advisor, Academic and...

January 11, 2023

Housing in MUC 219H- Opportunity Center

Questions about finding a place to live on campus? What about changing a roommate or securing your place for next year? Living on campus is a...

January 11, 2023

Career Services in MUC 219H- Opportunity Center

Looking for resume assistance, identifying relevant internships, work study jobs on campus jobs, full-time jobs, interview tips, and more? Sit down with the team at...

January 12, 2023

Business Office in MUC 219H- Opportunity Center

Need more information on tuition payment deadlines or how to get a parking pass? The Business Office can help you navigate everything from purchasing a parking...

January 12, 2023

Chi Alpha Bible Study

January 13, 2023

Financial Aid in MUC 219H- Opportunity Center

Have questions about your financial aid package? Unsure how to apply for FAFSA? Interested in learning more about scholarships that USD offers? The Office of Financial...

January 13, 2023

O.M.A. First Fridays

Welcome to First Fridays! Each month, The Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts First Fridays to encourage cross-campus collaboration, highlight student organizations, and different communities across...

January 16, 2023

Million Meter Row Challenge

Register for FREE by January 16th. Attend group fitness row classes each week to get as many meters as you can. The instructor will record meters...

January 17, 2023

ICARE in MUC 219H- Opportunity Center

I CARE at the University of South Dakota is working toward sexual assault prevention in the campus community by:  Creating a team of community partners to...

January 17, 2023

Registrar in MUC 219H- Opportunity Center

Questions about your transcripts? Trying to figure out how to transfer your dual credit courses or credits from another institution? Thinking about changing your major or...

January 17, 2023

SGA Legal in MUC 219H- Opportunity Center

Need help navigating your legal options in an uncertain situation? Need assistance understanding legal jargon in your lease or a contact you signed?  Want to learn...

January 17, 2023

Chi Alpha Small Group

January 20, 2023

NMM Special Exhibition: "As Good As Gold: The First 50 Years"

National Music Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary Year with Special Exhibition "As Good As Gold: The First 50 Years." The National Music Museum (NMM) is celebrating 50...

January 23, 2023

Wellness Center in MUC 219H- Opportunity Center

Have questions about fitness, the rock-climbing wall, USD Club Teams, fitness classes, intermural sports, or what’s going on at the Wellness Center? Come by...

January 23, 2023

Student Veteran’s Resource Center in MUC 219H- Opportunity Center

Are you a military Veteran who needs support while attending USD? Interested in joining the military during or after your time at USD? Come checkout the...

February 06, 2023

Fitgo Bingo

Fitness Bingo is back! Attend the classes on the card, get a sticker from the instructor, fill the whole card and win prizes!! Register for Free...

February 15, 2023

O.M.A. Wellness Pit Stop

Time for a Wellness Pit Stop! We know you've been working hard so take a break and enjoy a quick stress reliever with the Office...

March 10, 2023

Articulation of Nuance and Time

Articulation of Nuance and Time celebrates the abstract art works created by Rick Johns, Liz Hereen, Derek Meier, Diana Behl, Jesse Bell and Ryohei Okuno (Pongri...

March 19, 2023

Sunday Private Swim Lessons

Private lessons are offered to provide one-on-one instruction. The Wellness Center offers single and two-person private lessons. During a private lesson the instructor...

March 20, 2023

Spring Group Swim Lessons

For every level of Learn-to-Swim, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills and build on previously learned skills...

March 20, 2023

Spring Into Bootcamp

Work with certified personal trainers & engage in a combination of strength training & high-intensity interval training that will push your body to the max...

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