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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$10,386 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
3,607 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
62.3% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
568 Graduates

About the photo: An old school no longer in operation, at the junction of SD Highways 26 & 45, north of Miller, SD


The median in-state tuition at University of South Dakota is $7,155, which is $164 more than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $10,386, which is 145% of the cost for in-state students, and is $7,990 less than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,502.

In 2016, 56% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 54% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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University of South Dakota received 3,607 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 14.5% annual decline. Out of those 3,607 applicants, 3,179 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 88.1% acceptance rate.

There were 10,038 students enrolled at University of South Dakota in 2016, and 5% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of South Dakota has an overall enrollment yield of 35.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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University of South Dakota has a total enrollment of 10,038 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Dakota is 6,253 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,785. This means that 62.3% of students enrolled at University of South Dakota are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of South Dakota, both undergraduate and graduate, is 83.6% White, 3.23% Hispanic or Latino, 2.89% Black or African American, 2.86% Two or More Races, 1.96% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.43% Asian, and 0.09% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of South Dakota in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (25.3%), followed by White Male (16.2%) and Two or More Races Female (1.02%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (6.26%), followed by White Male (4.42%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (0.23%).

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In 2016, 654 more women than men graduated from University of South Dakota. The majority of students graduating from University of South Dakota are White. These 1,949 graduates mean that there were 32 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 61 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at University of South Dakota is Registered Nursing with 230 graduates, followed by General Health Services with 108 graduates and Elementary Education & Teaching with 99 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at University of South Dakota, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Public Administration and Social Service, with 138 graduates, followed by Education with 303 graduates and Psychology with 154 graduates.


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University of South Dakota has an endowment valued at nearly $216M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $403,292 (0.19%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, University of South Dakota had a total expenditure of $192M. Of that $192M, they spent $91.5M on salaries and $22.8M on benefits.

University of South Dakota employs 82 Associate professors, 77 Assistant professors, and 64 Professors. Most academics at University of South Dakota are Male Associate professors (51), Male Professors (50), and Male Assistant professors (47).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Dakota are: Office and Administrative Support, with 123 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 110 employees, and Management with 109 employees.



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