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The University of South Dakota, the state’s oldest university, was founded in 1862 and classes began in 1882. Located in Vermillion, South Dakota, USD is home to South Dakota's only medical school and law school. USD is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, and its current president is Jim Abbott. The university has been accredited by the North Central Association of College and Schools since 1913.
The University of South Dakota was founded in 1862 by the Dakota Territorial Legislature. It is the state's oldest university. It is one of six universities governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. USD has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913 and is an active member of the Land Grant Colleges. The school houses the state's only law and medical schools and the lone College of Fine Arts.
USD is also home to the state's oldest, and largest political science department. Within the program is the Farber Fund, named for storied university professor Dr. William O. Farber, which provides subsidy to political science and criminal justice majors to attend conferences, participate in study tours, complete internships, and study abroad.
The U is South Dakota's flagship university. We're the big-time university with a small-college feel. We're the home of extraordinary opportunities.
We want you to get to know us:
* Choose from 132 undergraduate programs, majors and minors and 54 graduate programs. Study under award-winning faculty who are experts in their field. Work with world-class researchers such as Yuyu Sun and Jie Luo, developers of a technology that uses light energy to develop new adhesives for tissue repair, and Tim Heaton, who has discovered human remains 10,000 years old while excavating in Alaska.
* Find a welcoming, vibrant campus in Vermillion, South Dakota. From concerts to D1 athletics to more than 120 student organizations and clubs, there are endless possibilities to get involved. Enjoy the major campus improvements in academic, residential and student service space.
* USD graduates can be found in leadership positions around the world. In South Dakota, 70 percent of the attorneys, 48 percent of physicians and half of the teachers all graduated from The U. Whatever your interest, The U helps you develop the knowledge and skills you need to advance your career.
The University of South Dakota is the comprehensive liberal arts university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs within the South Dakota System of Higher Education.
To be the best small, public flagship university in the nation built upon a liberal arts foundation.