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University of South Dakota

Overview
Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1862
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 6,468
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $0
Admissions Address

414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Website

http://www.usd.edu

Admissions E-mail

admiss@usd.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.3
Send application by: Rolling
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Stephanie Moser
Admissions office telephone: (605) 677-5434
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: Rolling
Decision sent by: Accept offer by: No set date
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $20
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? No
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
 
http://usd.edu/admissions/forms/ugAdmissionApplication.cfm Tuition deposit: None
Room deposit: $100 (Partially refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Lab 3 3
Foreign language 0 2
Social studies 3 3
History 0 0
Academic electives 0 0
Total academic units 14 18

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: August 7
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: August 7
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Important
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 86%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 86%
Total applicants: 3,044
Total acceptances: 2,619
Total freshman enrollment: 1,126
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

 
Male applicants: 1,824
Male acceptances: 1,585
Male freshman enrollment: 453
 
Female applicants: 1,220
Female acceptances: 1,034
Female freshman enrollment: 673
Out-of-state freshmen: 30%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 11%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 32%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 69%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 95%
Average high school GPA: 3.3
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 96%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 4%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 460 – 580
Math: 470 – 620
Combined: 930 – 1200

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 5.0% 5.0%
600-699 15.0% 20.0%
500-599 45.0% 45.0%
400-499 28.0% 25.0%
300-399 7.0% 5.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 96%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 19 – 25
Math: 19 – 25
Composite: 20 – 25

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 4.0% 5.0% 4.0%
24-29 38.0% 30.0% 37.0%
18-23 53.0% 50.0% 45.0%
12-17 5.0% 15.0% 14.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

 

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