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University of South Dakota

South Dakota, United States
Campus setting Contact the university / college
Living cost USD 1,500 per month
Student population Medium (1,001 to 10,000)
International students Contact the university / college
Institution type Public

About University of South Dakota

We're USD - the state's flagship university: The big-time university with a small-college feel. We're memorable mentors and lifelong friends. We're world-class academics and out-of-class opportunities. We're innovative technology and long-standing tradition. We're your university. We are South Dakota.

Campus information

USD is located on an attractive 274-acre campus in Vermillion, a small community nestled along the bluffs above the Missouri River in the southeast corner of South Dakota. Vermillion serves as a safe, welcoming host for the university and recreational and cultural opportunities abound in town, the nearby countryside and in neighboring communities. 

Vermillion is a city in and the county seat of Clay County,[7] in the southeastern corner of the State of South Dakota, and the eleventh largest city in the state. According to the 2010 Census, the population was 10,571. Vermillion lies atop a bluff near the Missouri River.

The area has been home to various Native American tribes for centuries. French fur traders first visited in the late 18th century. Vermillion was founded in 1859 and incorporated in 1873. The name refers to the Lakota name: wa sa wak pa'la (red stream).

Home to the University of South Dakota, Vermillion has a mixed academic and rural character: The university is a major academic institution for the state, boasting the state's only law and medical school, and the state's only AACSB accredited business school. Major farm products include corn, soybeans, and alfalfa.

Vermillion is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) from the proposed site of a Hyperion oil refinery (formerly known as the Gorilla Project).


North Complex
All rooms within the complex are double occupancy with coed and single-gender floors. Coed floors are divided by a common area with lounges, laundry and restrooms. The residence halls within the North Complex offer freshmen a great opportunity to get involved in academic and social groups, learning communities and activities. The First Year Experience (FYE) is housed in the complex along with Honors floors. The North Complex halls are conveniently located near the Fine Arts Center, the new Wellness Center, School of Education, Muenster University Student Center and DakotaDome. Available to First-Year students.

Coyote Village
USD's newest residence hall complex, Coyote Village, located just south of the DakotaDome is a four-story, 175-unit complex that provides suite-style and apartment living for 546 students. Not only does it offer privacy and the convenience of living on campus, it also has a convenience store, central laundry facility and a SMART room. Coyote Village also helps reduce its impact on the world as it was awarded the LEED Silver Certification for environmental impact and sustainability.

Coyote Village's suites/apartments allow you to be as social or as private as you want. While there is a communal kitchen and living room that offer a great place for roommates to come together, you also have your own private bedroom and share a bathroom with one other resident. Although the suites/apartments are single gender, the floors are coed. When you think about it, it's the nicest place to live in town. Available to First-Year and Graduate students.

Burgess & Norton Halls
The Burgess and Norton complex focuses on smaller student communities, more so than your traditional residence hall, giving you more chances for involvement. Sitting near Dakota, Noteboom and East Halls, as well as the Delzell Education Center and the Arts & Sciences Building, Burgess and Norton are conveniently located. Burgess and Norton each houses up to 58 students per floor in single and double rooms. Floors are single-gender and each is air-conditioned. Available to Upper-Class and Graduate students.

Brookman Hall
For some students, the name of the game is privacy. Brookman Hall offers you the opportunity to live in your own room with the luxury of not having to share a living space. Another bonus to Brookman Hall is the quiet environment that some students need to succeed. Only 33 residents per floor provides for a peaceful, enjoyable living experience. Brookman offers two single-gender floors and one coed floor. Brookman Hall is open over breaks at no additional cost. Available to Upper-Class and Graduate students.

McFadden Hall
Students may want more privacy than the traditional living situations. McFadden Hall offers that privacy, and at the same time, affords you the convenience of living close to campus. At McFadden Hall you get all the extras of living off-campus without being nickeled and dimed along the way. You pay all your bills up front, leaving you free from worry throughout the semester. You get the choice of whether you want to purchase a full University meal plan or a reduced meal plan. Each kitchen comes complete with microwave, stove, refrigerator and dishwasher. You also have the convenience of staying in your residence during break periods, at no additional cost, if you choose. 

McFadden's 25 four-person apartments allow you to be as social or as private as you want to be. Each individualized room is furnished and has the conveniences of cable TV and high-speed Internet. A communal kitchen and living room offers a great place for roommates to come together. The apartments can be coed or single gender. Parking garages are available at an extra cost and laundry rooms are available on the second and third floors. Available to Upper-Class and Graduate students.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 2 Creative Arts & Design 2 Engineering 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 1


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