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University of South Dakota Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 22nd 2019By -  Aishwarya Bhatnagar

University of South Dakota admissions for Fall 2018 recorded an admit rate of 87%. Around 14% of the admitted students were in the top 10 of their high school class. Admissions are offered during Fall and Spring semesters. Applications are accepted from international students for various undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.

The average SAT scores of admitted students was 1110 and ACT was 23. No Early Action admissions are offered at the University of South Dakota. Application fee varies for both UG and PG courses. Furthermore, deadlines, admission process and decision intimation also vary for each course and session.


Application PortalUG: University of South Dakota Application/ Printable Application Form
PG: Graduate Admissions Application
Application FeeUG: 20 USD
PG: 35 USD
Acceptance Rate87%
Mode of PaymentCredit Card
SAT Score (middle 50%)Math: 500 - 600
EBRW: 500 - 610
ACT Score (middle 50%)21 - 28
International Application DeadlinesUG/PG: Varies
Academic CalendarSemester
Intake SeasonsFall/Spring
Work ExperienceMBA/MPH
InterviewRequired for admission to the MBA program

University of South Dakota Admission Deadlines

University of South Dakota admissions accept applications for Fall and Spring sessions. The application submission deadlines for international students are tabulated below:

Course NameDeadlines
Undergraduate Courses
FallJuly 1, 2019
SpringNovember 15, 2018
Postgraduate Courses
MBA ApplicationsFour weeks before classes commence
MS Biomedical Engineering ApplicationsMarch 1, 2019
MS Computer Science ApplicationsSix weeks before classes commence
Master of Public Health ApplicationsJune 15, 2019

University of South Dakota International Admissions

There are some additional requirements for international students, seeking admission at the University of South Dakota. Read through these requirements before filling and submitting the application form:

Application Submission Requirements

International students must ensure that they submit the following documents before along with the application:

  • Official transcripts
  • English Language Proficiency Test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose/essays
  • Official and certified copies of translated transcripts.

English Language Requirements

International students must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below, to be eligible for admission at the University of South Dakota:

Test NameScore Required

Post-Application Submission Requirements

  • Official statement of finances
  • Supporting bank statement
  • Current visa documents
  • Copy of passport

University of South Dakota Undergraduate Admissions

More than 205 UG programs are offered by the University of South Dakota. Applicants can apply through either online mode or offline mode. The application fee is uniform across all UG courses.

Application Portal: University of South Dakota Application or Printable Application Form

Application Fee: 20 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: Applicants must submit either ACT or SAT score along with the application. These scores are valid for a period of 5 years. The average scores accepted for the recent 2018 admissions are as follows:

Test NameAverage Scores25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Math563500630
SAT EBRW547510590
SAT Composite111010101220
ACT Composite232025

Note: In order to secure admission at the university, it is recommended for students to score above or around 1210 in SAT and 28 in the ACT.

Supporting Documents: Official transcripts, test scores, financial statement and copy of passport.

International Transfer Students Admissions: The admission process for international transfer students is similar to the process of undergraduate admissions. Application requirements, fee, deadlines and test scores are also common.

University of South Dakota Graduate Admissions

The University of South Dakota offers admissions under 75 graduate programs to prospective applicants. Students can apply via the Graduate Admissions Application portal, for all graduate and doctoral courses. The application fee is also common for all courses.

CourseApplication PortalApplication DeadlineApplication FeeAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
MBAGraduate Admissions ApplicationFour weeks before classes begin35 USDMinimum requirement: 2.7 GPA, GMATTOEFL (IBT): 79
TOEFL (PBT): 550
IELTS: 6.0
MS Biomedical EngineeringGraduate Admissions ApplicationMarch 1, 201935 USDGRE/MATTOEFL (IBT): 79
TOEFL (PBT): 550
PTE: 53
MS Computer ScienceGraduate Admissions ApplicationSix weeks before classes begin35 USDGRETOEFL (IBT): 79
TOEFL (PBT): 550
IELTS: 6.0
PTE: 53
Master of Public Health (MPH)Graduate Admissions ApplicationJune 15, 201935 USDGRETOEFL (IBT): 79
TOEFL (PBT): 550
IELTS: 6.0
PTE: 53

Supporting Documents: Statement of purpose, official transcripts, resume/CV, LORs, professional statements, and writing samples.

Note: Including work/professional experience for courses like MBA and MPH.

University of South Dakota Admissions for 2018, saw a total enrollment of 3,865. Admissions are offered based on an applicant’s academic background, outside the class learning and timely application submission along with the required documents. University of South Dakota also lays emphasis on an applicant’s non-academic achievements and learning while scrutinizing applications.

The admission decisions are released as soon as the application is reviewed. Overall, the acceptance at the university has been very high, on the basis of test scores for 2018 admissions.

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