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The college years can be filled with new and enriching experiences but can also present challenges which may interfere with your academic progress and emotional well-being. The Student Counseling Center's (SCC) goal is to help you make the most of your years here at USD. On our website you will find information about our services, staff, campus resources, crisis management and how to refer someone. There are also links to self-help tools and general health information.

If you would like to continue services or schedule a new appointment, please call the Student Counseling Center at 605-658-3580 or email us at You can also like our social media accounts to stay up-to-date on what we have happening.



IMPORTANT UPDATE: The student Counseling Center is currently operating at capacity. What that means is we are still seeing students, but we do not have weekly on- going appointments available at this time. We are still accepting appointment requests and meeting with students. Once scheduled these appointments will consist of short focus-based therapy and supply you with options for services. Some of those options can include being added to our waitlist, referrals to other clinics, or referrals to groups. If you would like on-going appointments, please scroll down to the referral portion of this page where you can self-refer to another clinic on Campus. We are still offering Same day appointments as well, which are a one-time appointment with a counselor that can help you work through something more immediate or pressing that would only require one hour long session.

Appointment Request

If you would like to request an appointment at the Student Counseling Center please click request appointment below. Click the "Appointment Request" tab and we will follow up with you once we receive your information. If you are in Crisis or this is an emergency please call our office at 605-658-3580. If this is after our working hours (8 a.m - 5 p.m) please call UPD 605-658-6199 and they will connect you with the on-call counselor or dial 911.

Request an Appointment

Same Day Appointments

We are now offering on-line sign up for same day appointments (previously Walk-in Appointments). Click the link below to sign up for an appointment with a counselor at the Cook House. The link will take you to a page that will list today's available appointments. From there you will sign up for an available time and receive a confirmation email with more information regarding your appointment. Please remember these are a first come, first serve appointments. If for some reason you would need to cancel your appointment there is a link to do so in the confirmation email.

Sign Up for a Same Day Appointment

Group Appointments

Take advantage of a variety of group appointments available to students through the Student Counseling Center. Groups appointments offered include:

  • Mindful Self-Compassion Group
  • Graduate Student Group
  • Managing Anxiety Group

Sign Up for Group Appointments


If the Student Counseling Center is unable to find a an appointment that fits your availability we might refer you to another clinic on campus. There are currently two clinics on campus that serve students as well as members of the community. Both of these clinics are training clinics which means 3rd and 4th year students will be meeting with you while being supervised by a licensed professional.  


These clinics also offer appointments after 5:00pm. If either of these clinics would be a good fit for you, you can follow the button below and self- refer to one of these clinics. Once we receive your completed paperwork we will forward the completed referral to the designated clinic, and they will follow up via phone or email with a confirmed appointment time.


Psychological Services Center  (PSC)

  • Currently offering in person and telehealth appointments
    • If attending in person masks are required during sessions
    • Located in the Union Building


Counseling & School Psychological Services Center  (CSPSC)

  • Currently offering in person appointments ( no masks required)
    • Located in Delzell 210

Referral Options


Help Available 24/7

You have free unlimited access to over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. The TAO platform includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools to help you care for yourself and meet your goals.

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Where We're Located

The SCC is located in the Cook House on the southeast corner of campus.

Cook House

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What We Offer

The Student Counseling Center offers a wide range of confidential services to currently enrolled USD students. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Consultation
  • Education and prevention services
  • Case management services
  • Self-help resources

Discussion Topics

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Identity concerns
  • Eating Disorders
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Abuse and violence issues