University of South Dakota (USD)

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USD can be found in Vermillion, SD, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. University of South Dakota has an enrollment of over nine thousand students.

The majority of students getting into USD got an SAT score between 990 - 1180, or got accepted with an ACT score within the range of 19 - 25. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the University of South Dakota (USD) average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.98 - 3.33. USD has an acceptance rate of around 86% with 34% of applicants choosing to continue on and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall University of South Dakota (USD) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of South Dakota was reported as 86.4% in Fall 2020 with over 4,430 applications submitted to University of South Dakota. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • USD ACT Scores: 19 - 25
  • USD Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into University of South Dakota?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into University of South Dakota, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for USD has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 88.1%
  • 2017-2018: 86.9%
  • 2018-2019: 85.8%
  • 2019-2020: 86.4%
  • Projected USD Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 80.5%

How Does University of South Dakota (USD) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of South Dakota is fifty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Mount Marty College71.6%
Morningside College63.1%
Dordt College75.5%
Northwestern College69.5%
Augustana College66.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to University of South Dakota (USD) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading500 - 600
Math490 - 580
Total Score990 - 1180
ACT®Score Range
English18 - 25
Math18 - 25
Composite Score19 - 25
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