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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.

June 29, 2023

Intro to Yote Life

August 22, 2023

USD Anime Club Meeting

Meeting for the USD Anime Club

January 08, 2024

Chi Alpha Gathering

February 01, 2024

LaHSO Meetings

February 05, 2024


Attend classes and receive stickers to fill your bingo card!! Fill the entire card to win a prize!!! February 5th-May 5th, Participation is FREE!!!! Visit...

March 23, 2024

High Strung: Five Centuries of Stringed Keyboard Instruments

For over 600 years, stringed keyboard instruments have served as repositories for human imagination, science, technology, craft, artistry, and music. They are admired for their stature...

April 08, 2024

USD Spring Swimming Lessons Session 3

We offer swimming lessons at the Dakota Dome Pool for all ages and abilities to build safety, skill, and confidence in the water. All lessons are...

April 15, 2024

Now What? BFA Graduation Exhibition

Now What? BFA Graduation Exhibition featuring the works of Rebecca Cartela, Amanda Czarnick, Suhyeon Jeon, Zayne King, Veronica Knippling & Calvin Schieffer.

April 15, 2024

USD Career Services/CCK Yote Floats

USD Career Services & Marketing Department – Free professional headshots for students!

April 16, 2024

USD Jazz Ensembles with Guest Artist, Nick DePinna, Trombone

Guest Jazz Trombonist Nick DePinna joins the USD Jazz Ensembles in their April concert, live from Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine...

April 16, 2024

Eid Festival

The event captures the festivities of Eid -Al adha.

April 16, 2024

Spectrum Drag Show Tabling

Stop by to purchase tickets for our spring drag show, held on April 24th at 7 pm! $5 in advance and $10 at the door. 

April 17, 2024

Revising and Editing Creative Writing

Learn helpful strategies for revising and editing your fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and drama. The presenter is Duncan Barlow, Lecturer, Publisher of Astrophil Press, Managing Editor...

April 17, 2024

South Dakota Author and Teacher Guest Speaker

Sigma Tau Delta is hosting local authors and educators Dave and Janice Almond. They will visit USD to speak about their experience educating students and pursuing...

April 17, 2024

USD Cello/Bass Ensemble Concert

Dr. Sonja Kraus and her studio present this concert, live from the National Music Museum and livestreamed via the link available elsewhere on this post.  This...

April 17, 2024

Neuroscience Club end of year meeting

Join Neuro Club for an end of semester meeting including elections, pizza, drinks, and games!

April 17, 2024

Deanne Ekstrand, Senior Piano Recital

Deanne Ekstrand invites you to her senior piano recital in Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, and livestreamed via the link...

April 17, 2024

Wellness Wednesday: Stress Relief

-Free In-Body and Girth Measurements-Win Prizes from the PETE Stress Management Bingo-Tips and Tricks form the Counseling Center on Stress Management ahead of...

April 17, 2024

TedXUSD Talks

TEDxUSD is an organization with the purpose of planning the annual TEDx event hosted by the University of South Dakota. We organize speakers and performances, design...

April 18, 2024

Prepare for Take Off! Taking Your Career to Your Dream Destination - Pam Hilber

Getting ready to fly out into the workforce? Need advice on how to successfully navigate the journey? Join us as Dr. Pam Hilber shares her personal...

April 18, 2024

USD Composition Studio Recital

Dr. Paul Lombardi and his Composition Studio invited you to this evening's recital, live from Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine...

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