University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD 57069
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University of South Dakota is one of the seven public 4-year colleges in South Dakota. The campus is located in Vermillion town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 10,261 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,341 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 966 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 72%). Every year 55% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

University of South Dakota's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $7,191, and fees were $1,581. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $10,438 and $1,581 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Town
Number of Students10,261
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate72%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 1 30
Bachelor's degree 20 172
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 40.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1913 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
12/01/1975 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/25/2013 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1010 to 1230
ACT20 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $20
Graduates $35

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$240/credit
In State Students$240/credit
Out of State Students$348/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$315/credit
In State Students$315/credit
Out of State Students$605/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $10,800 $10,800 $15,660
ADN 70 $16,800 $16,800 $24,360
BSN 125 $30,000 $30,000 $43,500
FNP 50 $15,750 $15,750 $30,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of University of South Dakota's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 28% $4,001
Other Federal Grant 17% $1,179
State Grant & Scholarships 23% $1,348
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 67% $3,605
Federal Student Loans 70% $5,629
Private Loans 10% $8,983


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$13,567
$30,001 to $48,000$14,641
$48,001 to $75,000$17,384
$75,001 to $110,000$19,106
Over $110,000$18,941

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Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and South Dakota state board of nursing.
University of South Dakota
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, SD 57069

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