The University of South Dakota (USD) is a public co-educational research university. It was founded by the Dakota Territory legislature in the year 1862. It is regarded as the Flagship University for South Dakota and is also said to the oldest public university of the state. Of-late, it is one amongst the six public institutions that are governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents.
Since the year 1913, the university has been continuously accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. According to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report, the University of South Dakota was recognized as one of the best “National Universities.” of America.
The University of South Dakota is situated on an impressive 274-acre campus nestled near the Missouri River. Old Main, one of the symbols of the schools, is considered as the prominent academic facility on the university’s campus. Apart from being home to several classrooms, the campus of the institution also houses an Oscar Howe Museum, the University Honors Program. The university also has a wellness center which includes workout equipment and basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts along with a 3-lane walking track. The Dakota Dome is not only the venue for the university’s football, swimming, softball, basketball, etc., but also serves as a student’s recreational center.
The university is home to the only medical and law schools of the state. As of the year 2019, it has 7 schools and colleges that offer around 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs. And, these programs include School of Law, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine Arts, School of Education, Beacom School of Business, School of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. For the 2019 Fall, the university witnessed an enrolment of 9,920 students, out of which 7,475 were enrolled in undergraduate and 2,445 were enrolled in graduate programs. There are about 120 plus organizations and clubs that feature an enriching university experience for the students here.
The institution is well-known for its celebrated alumni network comprised of 70,000 plus members. The alumni family of the institution includes notable personalities in several fields like journalism, politics, and government. Some of the distinguished members that constitute the university’s alumni include Al Neuharth, founder of the USA Today; Greg Mortenson, author of Stones into Schools; Tom Brokaw, American broadcaster; former U.S. Senator James Abourezk and present U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson.