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    The University of South Dakota
   
 
  Sep 25, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Admission Policies & Procedures


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Applicants desiring to enroll at the University of South Dakota are encouraged to apply at least four months but not less than ten days prior to the planned date of attendance. In addition to the admission requirements of the University, applicants will be required to fulfill any special requirements of the school or college in which they plan to enroll. The application is not considered complete until all required materials have been received. All men born after December 31, 1959, who are applying for admission to the University of South Dakota, must comply with selective service registration requirements.

Application Procedure

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To complete an application, submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:

1. Application Submit your completed application
Online Application l Printable Application Form
2. US $20 Application Fee
  • Application Fees are non-refundable
  • Submit your fee with your application to avoid delay in processing
  • Exceptions are made for students who are non-degree seeking, or have previously applied, paid the fee, and attended a university in the Board of Regents system within the previous three semesters (USD policy 1.008).
3. Official High School or College Transcripts
  • Official high school transcript sent directly to USD.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university you previously attended sent directly to USD.
  • To be eligible to receive Title IV federal financial aid, the regulations require that institutions admit, as regularly enrolled students, persons who have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent (GED).
4. Test Scores Official ACT or SAT scores sent to USD directly from the testing agency required for applicants under the age of 21.

Application forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or you may apply online at: http://www.usd.edu/admissions/apply. All correspondence should be addressed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Phone: 1-877-COYOTES (1-877-269-6837)
Fax: 605-677-6323
E-mail: Office of Admissions (admissions@usd.edu)
Website: admissions.usd.edu/

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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SDBOR policy 2:3

First Year Students

Baccalaureate Degree Admissions for High School Graduates

To be admitted to a baccalaureate degree program at USD, you must have the following credentials:

  1. Rank in the top 50 percent of your class

    or

    ACT Composite Score of 21 or above; or SAT composite score of 1070 or higher

    or

    High School GPA of 2.60 on a 4.00 scale

    AND

  2. Earn an overall grade point average of “C” or higher in the following required high school courses:

  • 4 years of English
    or ACT English sub-test score of 21 or above
    or AP English score of 3 or above

  • 3 years of Advanced Mathematics
    or ACT Math sub-test score of 23 or above
    or AP Calculus score of 3 or above

  • 3 years of Social Science
    or ACT Social Studies/Reading sub-test score of 20 or above
    or AP Social Studies score of 3 or above

  • 3 years of Laboratory Science
    or ACT Science Reasoning sub-test score of 20 or above
    or AP Science score of 3 or above

  • 1 year of Fine Arts for students graduating from South Dakota high schools
    or AP Fine Arts score of 3 or above

Applications from students with deficiencies are reviewed on an individual basis. Admission criteria are subject to change.

Nontraditional students (24 years of age or older), who do not meet the above criteria, may be admitted at the institution’s discretion.

Associate Degree Admissions for High School Graduates

Admission to associate degree (two-year) programs is granted if you meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Baccalaureate admission requirements;
    OR
  2. Rank in the top 60% of your high school graduating class;
    OR
  3. Achieve an ACT composite score of 18 (or SAT Math and Critical Reading subscores total 870 or higher if taken before March 1, 2016; SAT Math and Reading/Writing subscores total 950 or higher if taken March 1, 2016 or later) or above;
    OR
  4. Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.

Associate Degree students who did not meet the baccalaureate degree admission requirements and who want to enter a baccalaureate degree program must:

  1. At least 15 credit hours of the system general education requirements with a 2.0 GPA
    AND
  2. Met university minimum progression standards .

Non-High School Graduates

Applicants who have not graduated from high school but who have earned a G.E.D. High School Equivalency certificate may be considered for admission based on their G.E.D. scores. An applicant for baccalaureate or associate admissions who is not a high school graduate must:

  1. Be 18 years or older to meet the compulsory school attendance requirement in South Dakota;
    AND
  2. Complete the General Educational Development (GED) test credential with the following minimum test scores:
    1. Scores earned since January 1, 2014: Reach a score of at least 145 on each subject and a total score of 580 or higher across all four subjects;
    2. Scores earned before January 1, 2014: Reach a score of at least 150 on each subject and a total score of 600 or higher across all four subjects;

OR
complete the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and obtain a minimum score of 15 on each of the five subsections
OR
complete the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) and obtained a minimum score of 500 on each of the five subtest categories;

Home Schooled Students

Students who are home-schooled or who attend a non-accredited high school must submit an official transcript (in a semester format) for review from either an accredited regional authority or home school provider in conjunction with state requirements. The University of South Dakota, Office of Admissions reserves the right to ask for a public school exemption form.

  1. Baccalaureate Degree Program
    For admission to baccalaureate degree programs, home school graduates must:
  • Meet the minimum course requirements established in baccalaureate degree program requirements (section 1 of this policy with an average grade of C (2.6 on a 4.0 scale);
    OR
  • demonstrate appropriate competencies in discipline areas consistent within the baccalaureate degree program requirements discipline area-(section 2 of this policy where course requirements have not been met);
    AND
  • obtain an ACT composite score of 21 (Redesigned SAT score of 1070, or recorded equivalent for older SAT scores) or above
  1. Associate Degree Program
    For admission to associate degree programs, home school graduates must:

International Students

Students applying to the University who are not United States Citizens or Permanent Residents must:

  1. Have a high school GPA equivalent to 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.

  2. Demonstrate English Language Proficiency by meeting one of the following:

  • Non-Native Speaker of English

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

      • 71 or higher (iBT)

      • 530 or higher (paper test)

    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

      • 5.5 or higher

    • USD IEP Level 3

    • ELS Level 112

    • Successful completion of a college level English composition course at an accredited U.S. institution with a grade of C or higher.

    • English subject A-Level with C or higher

    • IB English A (4+) or IB English B (6+)

    • High School Diploma from an American high school

      • International students who graduated from an American high school may be eligible to have the English proficiency requirement waived if they have a 2.6 or higher high school GPA (grade point average) AND an ACT or an SAT official test score.

  • Native Speaker of English

    • Native speakers of English may have the English proficiency requirement waived if they have the equivalent of a 2.6/4.0 or higher secondary school GPA (grade point average) AND an ACT or an SAT official test score.

  1. In addition to these requirements, international students who are transferring from other colleges in the United States must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above. Students who have not maintained a grade point average of 2.00 may be admitted at the discretion of the University of South Dakota.

  2. Prove financial ability to pay for the entire program of study.

Application Procedure:

The following items must be submitted by international students who wish to enroll:

  1. A completed application plus a $20.00 nonrefundable application fee
  2. Official copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores (or official documentation indicating fulfillment of requirement)
  3. Official SAT or ACT scores (if applicable)
  4. *Official transcripts of all secondary and post-secondary school studies
  5. Official Financial Ability Form
  6. Certification of finances (i.e. official bank documents)
  7. Copy of valid, unexpired passport

*For all transcripts and credentials outside of the United States of America, students may be required to complete a course by course evaluation through World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (www.ece.org). No foreign transfer credits will be accepted until a report is received.

Transfer Students

You are considered a transfer student if you have college credits from an accredited institution and are six or more months beyond high school graduation. If you are currently enrolled at another institution, you can send partial transcripts and be considered for provisional admission until the final, official transcript arrives.

Students transferring from a degree seeking program at one Regental university to a degree-seeking program at another Regental university will be required to apply for admission.

Students who have been admitted to a degree-seeking or special program at one Regental university may register for courses at any Regental university without submitting another application.

Students who are transferring to baccalaureate programs

Students who are under the age of twenty four (24) at the start of the term and who are transferring into baccalaureate degree programs with fewer than 24 transfer credit hours must meet the baccalaureate degree admission requirements. Students with 24 or more transfer credit hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 may transfer into baccalaureate degree programs. Specific degree programs may include additional admissions requirements.

Students who are transferring to associate programs

Students who are under the age of twenty four (24) at the start of the term and who are transferring into associate degree programs with fewer than 12 transfer credit hours must meet the associate degree admission requirements. Students with 12 or more transfer credit hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 may transfer into associate degree programs. Specific degree programs may include additional admissions requirements.

Former Student (“Readmit”)

 A student returning to the institution at the same academic level or a student who has attended another higher education institution in the Board of Regents system at the same academic level is not required to pay the application fee but he or she must submit an application for readmission and other required documents if he or she has interrupted attendance by one or more regular semesters (Fall or Spring). A former student shall be considered as a transfer student if he or she has attended a non-Regental university during the period of interruption of attendance. Apply using the quick Automatic Reentry Form or using the Online Application.

Student transferring within the Regental System

Students transferring from a degree seeking program at one Regental university to a degree seeking program at another Regental university will be required to apply for admissions. (Refer to BOR policy 2:5, Transfer of Credit). Students who have met the general education requirements at the first SDBOR institution will have met the general education requirements at USD. Apply using the quick Automatic Reentry Form or using the Online Application.

Students who have been admitted to a degree seeking or special program at one Regental university may register for courses at any Regental university without submitting another application.

Concurrent High School Students

High school students who have completed their sophomore year and who wish to enroll in limited coursework prior to completion of their high school education may be granted acceptance. It is a temporary status without a degree commitment.

Procedure:
Submit a completed admissions non-degree seeking application form, a high school transcript and a recommendation from the student’s high school counselor or principal.

Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Unclassified admission is reserved for applicants who wish to enroll for a limited number of credit hours but do not wish to commit themselves to working toward a degree from the University. The University is under no obligation to grant a degree to unclassified students until those students change acceptance status from unclassified to regular admission. Students who apply as unclassified will not be eligible to receive financial aid. If regular admission is desired, unclassified students must fulfill the admission requirements as they exist at the time of their applications for regular admission. After regular admission has been granted, credits earned while enrolled as unclassified students may be used to meet the requirements for a degree with the approval of the dean of the school or college concerned.

Procedure:

Non-degree-seeking students are required to submit a completed admissions non-degree seeking application form.

A person who is qualified academically may be denied admission to or dismissed from the University if misrepresented or falsified information is submitted during the application process or if the applicant is a potential threat to the property or safety of others. The Dean of Enrollment may request additional information from a student or may obtain information from public records if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the applicant has falsified or misrepresented information or is a threat to the property or safety of others. The Dean of Enrollment will determine whether there is sufficient cause to deny admission on these grounds. The decision of the Dean of Enrollment may be appealed to the Vice President of Marketing, Enrollment, and University Relations.

Admitted Students

Students admitted to any South Dakota regental university will be considered South Dakota regental students and allowed to take courses at any of the six universities. Courses taken at any of the six universities will be reflected on a single transcript, along with transfer work received and recorded from outside the regental system. The university from which the student is seeking the degree is considered the student’s “home institution” and will govern the academic policies related to that student.

Regental Policy for Transfer of Credit

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SDBOR policy 2.5

  1. Academic courses will be transferred as meeting graduation requirements if the courses parallel the scope and depth requirements for the degree or if the courses meet electives required for the degree. Credit will not be given for duplication of courses.
  2. For the purposes of this policy, an accredited institution is an institution holding accreditation from one of the following regional accrediting bodies unless otherwise specified: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Higher Learning Commission, Northwest Accreditation Commission, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Transfer of General Education Coursework

  1. Student Transfer Within the Regental System
    1. A student who has completed the general education requirements outlined in Policy 2:7 and 2:26 at the sending Regental institution will have completed the equivalent degree level requirements at the receiving institution regardless of the course distributions or approved course lists.
    2. A student who has not completed all general education requirements at the sending institution will be required to complete additional coursework consistent with the course requirements at the receiving South Dakota Regental institution.
  2. Student Transfer From Accredited Non-Regental Institutions with an Associate’s Degree (AA and AS)
    1. A student who has completed General Education requirements that are consistent with the six goals and credit hour requirements outlined in Policy 2:7 and 2:26 will enter the Regental system having fulfilled the General Education program requirements. Students will be expected to meet all degree program requirements including course prerequisites.
    2. When considering whether undergraduate transfer of academic courses received from non-Regental accredited institutions shall qualify to meet the System General Education credit hour requirements outlined in Policy 2:7 and 2:26, a Regental institution shall:
      1. Evaluate the general education goals and student learning outcomes rather than specific course equivalencies;
      2. Ensure that a minimum of three (3) credit hours of coursework is required for each of the six general education goals; and
      3. Request a general education transfer agreement be approved for students entering from the institution
    3. When it is determined that the goals and credit hour requirements from a nonRegental accredited institution do not align with Policy 2:7 and 2:26, a Regental institution may request a partial general education transfer agreement be approved where goal consistency does exist.
  1. Undergraduate courses considered for transfer are subject to all BOR policies and any conditions for validation that may be prescribed by the accepting institution. When a university evaluates and accepts the transfer of undergraduate credit under the provisions of this policy, these courses will be recorded and equivalencies granted using the following guidelines:
    1. If there are specific undergraduate courses at the university evaluating the credit, these specific courses should be used when granting equivalencies.
    2. If the academic discipline is available at the university evaluating the credit, but there is no discipline equivalent course, use the discipline prefix and the appropriate course level (100 for Freshman level, 200 for Sophomore level, 300 for Junior level, and 400 for Senior level).
    3. If the academic discipline is not available at the university evaluating the credit, use the GEN, ELEC, or UNSP prefix and the appropriate course level (100 for Freshman level, 200 for Sophomore level, 300 for Junior level, and 400 for Senior level).
  2. Undergraduate transfer of academic courses received from accredited United States colleges and universities.
    1. All undergraduate transfer courses and all transfer grades (whether the grades are passing or not passing) must be recorded and an equivalency specified by the Regental university, calculated into grade point averages according to the Regental grade scheme, and recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
    2. Remedial courses (as identified on the sending institution’s transcript) received in transfer are recorded, transcripted, and assigned an equivalency at the receiving university but do not calculate into grade point averages.
    3. Transfer grades not existing in the Regental grading scheme will be equated to the Regental grading system. (Refer to SDBOR 2:10, Use of Grade Point Averages).
    4. In any subsequent evaluation, equivalencies for system common courses and system general education courses will not be changed. Equivalencies for unique courses may be changed. In subsequent evaluations, grades previously recorded cannot be changed.
    5. The university-specific degree requirements determine if the courses transferred are applicable to the student’s degree program at that university and if they meet the minimum grade criteria.
    6. Orientation, Life Experience, General Educational Development Tests, and high school level courses are not recorded in Colleague as transfer credit nor are they granted equivalent credit.
      1. High school courses for which students received college credit will not be entered as transfer credit, or given equivalent credit, unless validated by an Advanced Placement or CLEP score that meets Board of Regents guidelines for acceptance of credit, the college credit is granted by a university with which the Board has a dual credit agreement, or the college credit is granted by an institution meeting the accreditation standards of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
  3. Undergraduate transfer of technical courses received from accredited United States colleges and universities.
    1. University discretion is permitted in acceptance of courses. Courses considered for transfer are subject to all BOR policies and any conditions for validation that may be prescribed by the accepting institution.
    2. When the courses are accepted for transfer, equivalent courses are recorded on the transcript but the grade earned at the technical institute is not recorded or calculated into the grade point averages.
    3. In any subsequent evaluation, equivalencies for system common courses and system general education courses will not be changed. Equivalencies for unique courses may be changed, re-evaluated, or inactivated. Additional equivalencies may be added and evaluated.
    4. The university-specific degree requirements determine if the courses transferred are applicable to the student’s degree program at that university and if they meet the minimum grade criteria
  4. Graduate transfer courses received from accredited United States colleges and universities.
    1. All graduate transfer courses and transfer grades judged to be acceptable by the evaluating university, are recorded and evaluated by the Regental university, calculated into grade point averages according to the Regental grade scheme, and recorded on the student’s academic transcript
    2. If transfer credits are judged acceptable; these courses will be recorded, and equivalencies granted, using the following guidelines:
      1. If there are specific equivalent graduate courses at the university evaluating the credit, these specific courses should be used when granting equivalencies.
      2. If there are no equivalent graduate courses at the university evaluating the credit, these courses will be recorded, and equivalencies granted, using the following guidelines:
        1. If the academic discipline is available at the university evaluating the credit, but there is no discipline equivalent course, use the discipline prefix and the appropriate course level (500/600 for master’s programs and 700/800 for doctoral programs).
        2. If the academic discipline is not available at the university evaluating the credit, use the GEN, ELEC, or UNSP prefix and the appropriate course level (500/600 for master’s programs and 700/800 for doctoral programs).
    3. Transfer grades not existing in the Regental grading scheme will be equated to the Regental grading system
    4. In subsequent evaluation, all equivalencies may be re-evaluated, inactivated, or changed. Additional equivalencies may be added and evaluated. In subsequent evaluations, grades previously recorded cannot be changed.
    5. The university-specific plan of study requirements determine if the courses transferred are applicable to the student’s degree program at that university and if they meet the minimum grade criteria.
  5. Transfer courses received from accredited postsecondary technical institutes.
    1. An academic course is defined as a course that is equivalent to a Regental general education requirement at the 100 or 200 level.
    2. A technical course is defined as a non-academic course that meets the technical program requirements for a diploma, certificate, or Associate of Applied Science degree.
    3. South Dakota Technical Institutes
      1. Transfer of academic courses from South Dakota postsecondary technical institutes is governed by BOR policies 2:25, 2:26, 2:27, and 2:31.
        1. Transfer grades not existing in the Regental grading scheme will be equated to the Regental grading system
        2. In any subsequent evaluation, equivalencies for system common courses and system general education courses will not be changed. Equivalencies for unique courses may be changed.
      2. Academic courses taken under articulation agreements in effect between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2005 will be transferred according to those agreements.
      3. Effective Fall 2005, transfer of technical course credit hours from South Dakota postsecondary technical institutes only occurs as part of a program to program articulation agreement approved by the Board of Regents and South Dakota Board of Education.
        1. The transfer of technical course credit hours occurs as a block of credit hours upon completion of requirements for the university articulated program.
        2. The CR grade is used for the block of technical course credit hours
    4. Other Technical Institutes
      1. University discretion is permitted in acceptance of academic courses. Academic courses considered for transfer are subject to all BOR policies and any conditions for validation that may be prescribed by the accepting institution.
        1. When the academic courses are accepted for transfer, equivalent courses are recorded on the transcript.
        2. In any subsequent evaluation, equivalencies for system common courses and system general education courses will not be changed. Equivalencies for unique courses may be changed, re-evaluated, or inactivated. Additional equivalencies may be added and evaluated.
        3. The university-specific degree requirements determine if the academic courses transferred are applicable to the student’s degree program at that university and if they meet the minimum grade criteria.
      2. Transfer of technical course credit hours from non South Dakota postsecondary technical institutes only occurs as part of a program to program articulation agreement approved by the Board of Regents.
        1. The transfer of technical course credit hours occurs as a block of credit hours upon completion of requirements for the university articulated program
        2. The CR grade is used for the block of technical course credit hours.
  6. Undergraduate and graduate credits received from United States colleges or universities that are not accredited.
    1. University discretion is permitted in acceptance of courses. Courses considered for transfer are subject to all BOR policies and any conditions for validation that may be prescribed by the accepting institution.
    2. When the courses are accepted for transfer, equivalent courses are recorded on the transcript but the grade earned at the non-accredited institution is not recorded or calculated into the grade point averages using the following guidelines:
      1. If there are specific equivalent graduate courses at the university evaluating the credit, these specific courses should be used when granting equivalencies.
      2. If there are no equivalent graduate courses at the university evaluating the credit, these courses will be recorded, and equivalencies granted, using the following guidelines:
        1. If the academic discipline is available at the university evaluating the credit, but there is no discipline equivalent course, use the discipline prefix and the appropriate course level (500/600 for master’s programs and 700/800 for doctoral programs).
        2. If the academic discipline is not available at the university evaluating the credit, use the GEN, ELEC, or UNSP prefix and the appropriate course level (500/600 for master’s programs and 700/800 for doctoral programs).
    3. In any subsequent evaluation, equivalencies for system common courses and system general education courses will not be changed. Equivalencies for unique courses may be changed, re-evaluated, or inactivated. Additional equivalencies may be added and evaluated.
    4. The university-specific degree requirements determine if the courses transferred are applicable to the student’s degree program at that university and if they meet the minimum grade criteria.
  7. Courses submitted in transfer from postsecondary technical institutes that are not accredited will not be accepted.
  8. Undergraduate and Graduate Courses from Postsecondary Institutions outside the United States.
    1. Courses considered for transfer are subject to all BOR policies and any conditions for validation that may be prescribed by the accepting institution.
    2. When the courses are accepted for transfer, equivalent courses are recorded on the transcript. Most commonly, the grade earned at the sending institution is not recorded or calculated into the grade point averages. However, at the discretion of the institution’s chief academic officer, grades may be recorded and used to determine the transfer and cumulative GPA’s. The following guidelines will be used:
      1. If there are specific equivalent undergraduate or graduate courses at the university evaluating the credit, these specific courses should be used when granting equivalencies.
      2. If there are no equivalent graduate courses at the university evaluating the credit, these courses will be recorded, and equivalencies granted, using the following guidelines:
        1. If the academic discipline is available at the university evaluating the credit, but there is no discipline equivalent course, use the discipline prefix and the appropriate course level (500/600 for master’s programs and 700/800 for doctoral programs).
        2. If the academic discipline is not available at the university evaluating the credit, use the GEN, ELEC, or UNSP prefix and the appropriate course level (500/600 for master’s programs and 700/800 for doctoral programs).
          1. In any subsequent evaluation, equivalencies for system common courses and system general education courses will not be changed. Equivalencies for unique courses may be changed, re-evaluated, or inactivated. Additional equivalencies may be added and evaluated.
          2. The university-specific degree requirements determine if the courses transferred are applicable to the student’s degree program at that university and if they meet the minimum grade criteria.
  9. Credit Received Through Validation Methods & Prior Learning Assessment
    1. Credit earned through validation methods other than nationally recognized examinations is limited to a maximum of 30 hours of credit for baccalaureate degrees and 15 hours of credit for associate degrees. Credits may be earned through established procedures for prior learning assessment, including but not limited to assessment of military training and education; each campus may determine appropriate course equivalencies as warranted.
      1. Validation of military credit is limited to an additional 30 hours of credit for baccalaureate degrees and an additional 15 hours of credit for associate degrees.
      2. University discretion is permitted in acceptance of validated military credit for graduate programs, limited to a maximum of 12 credit hours.
    2. Credit for college level courses granted through nationally recognized examinations such as CLEP, AP, DANTES, etc., will be evaluated and accepted for transfer if equivalent to Regental courses and the scores are consistent with Regental policies. Such credits are only valid if transcripted by a university within five years of the student taking the examination. Regental institutions shall honor credits from nationally recognized examinations transcripted to meet degree requirements at a non-Regental institution.
      1. If credit received through validation is applied as elective credit, it may only be applied at the 100 or 200 level.
      2. Credit received through validation may apply to System General Education Requirements and Institutional Graduation Requirements.
      3. Credit received through validation may not apply to writing intensive requirements.
    3. When validation credits are accepted, equivalent courses are recorded on the transcript but are not calculated into the grade point averages.
    4. In any subsequent evaluation, equivalencies for system common courses and system general education courses will not be changed. Equivalencies for unique courses may be changed, re-evaluated, or inactivated. Additional equivalencies may be added and evaluated.
    5. The university-specific degree requirements determine if the validation credits accepted also are applicable to the student’s degree program at that university.
  10. When a course has been repeated for credit, all attempts will be entered on the transcript but the last grade earned will be used in the calculation of the grade point averages.
  11. Total transfer credit for work at a two-year technical or community college may not exceed one-half of the hours required for completion of the baccalaureate degree at the accepting institution unless an approved program-specific waiver exists. The System Vice President for Academic Affairs may approve program-specific waivers of up to 75 total transfer credit hours at the accepting institution; Board of Regents approval is required for program-specific waivers of 76 total transfer credit hours up to a maximum of 90 total transfer credit hours at the accepting institution. Students who have completed more than the acceptable semester hours of junior, community or technical college work may apply completed, transferable courses to specific course requirements and thereby may not be required to repeat the courses. The semester hours of credit for those additional courses may not be applied toward the minimum credit hours required for the degree. Students who have completed more than the acceptable semester hours of junior, community or technical college work may apply completed, transferable courses to specific course requirements and thereby may not be required to repeat the courses. The semester hours of credit for those additional courses may not be applied toward the minimum credit hours required for the degree.
  12. System general education requirements successfully completed at the sending South Dakota Regental institution will be accepted towards meeting these requirements at the accepting South Dakota Regental institution. In any subsequent evaluation of any transfer or non-course work, equivalencies for system common courses and system general education courses will not be changed.
  13. Evaluations of courses will be made by the appropriate institutional officials at the time of admission by comparing descriptions, content, and level of courses completed with those at the accepting institution.
  14. Each institution will develop and maintain a procedure for the appeal of transfer credit decisions.
  15. A Regental internal transfer process occurs when an undergraduate course is used on a converted credit basis to meet graduate plan of study requirements at Regental universities or when graduate credit is used on a converted or actual credit basis to meet undergraduate degree requirements for a Regental accelerated program. Refer to BOR policy 2:8.3.A and 2:8.3.B.

Policy of Transfer for International Credit

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College level courses taken at international institutions will be evaluated for transfer consideration by an independent credential evaluation service. Students who have been accepted to USD and have attended colleges or universities outside the United States must provide USD with an ICAP Comprehensive Course-by-Course evaluation from World Educations Services, Inc. www.wes.org or Educational Credential Evaluators www.ece.org. A Course-by-Course evaluation is required if one wishes to have coursework considered for transfer.

Undergraduate credit from a non-regionally accredited institution outside of the United States may transfer in as equivalent to a specific USD course or transfer elective.  Students may petition to determine course equivalency by filling out the Transfer Equivalency Request form and attaching appropriate course materials, in English. Academic Advisors can help determine which courses may fit into intended programs at USD.

Transfer credit from international institutions transfer as S/U (pass/fail) and do not calculation into the GPA.

The only exception to the above-stated policy will be if the student earns credit through participation in programs sponsored by universities and member organizations with which USD has a South Dakota board of Regents-approved agreement, Study Abroad.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

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In accordance with the South Dakota Board of Regents Policy 1:19, the institutions under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents shall offer equal opportunities in employment and for access to and participation in educational, extension and other institutional services to all persons qualified by academic preparation, experience, and ability for the various levels of employment or academic program or other institutional service, without discrimination based on sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability, genetic information or veteran status or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination. The Board reaffirms its commitment to the objectives of affirmative action, equal opportunity and non-discrimination in accordance with state and federal law. Redress for alleged violations of those laws may be pursued at law or through the procedures established by the provisions of 1:18 of this policy. For additional information, please contact the Director, Equal Opportunity and Chief Title IX Coordinator, Khara Iverson, 205 Slagle Hall, Vermillion, SD 57069. Phone: 605-677-5651 E-Mail: Khara.Iverson@usd.edu

Admission decisions are made without regard to disabilities. All prospective students are expected to present academic credentials at or above the minimum standards for admission and meet any technical standards that may be required for admission to a specific program. If you are a prospective student with a disability and need assistance or accommodations during the admission/application process, please contact the Director of Disability Services, 119B Service Center North, USD, Vermillion, SD 57069.  Phone: 605-677-6389  Fax: 605-677-3172  E-Mail: dservice@usd.edu.

Federal Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2009). The University has designated Ms. Roberta Ambur, Vice President of Administration & ITS, as the Coordinator to monitor compliance with these statutes. Section 504 obligates USD and Ms. Ambur to provide equal access for all persons with disabilities. Ms. Ambur can be reached at Room 209, Slagle Hall, Phone: 605-677-5661.

Pre-Admission Immunization Requirements

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  1. All students who meet the following established criteria are obliged to demonstrate immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

    1. Students born on or after January 1, 1957 must demonstrate immunity; those born prior to this date are excused.

    2. Students who register for two or more credit-bearing classes - and at least one course involves face-to-face contact on a weekly basis for two or more weeks - are obliged to comply. This includes participation at all campuses, centers (including University Center - Sioux Falls and University Center - Rapid City), and miscellaneous off-campus sites.

    3. Students who have completed prior collegiate course work in the state of South Dakota (initiated prior to July 1, 2008) are excused from compliance. Note: distance course work, dual credit, and credit by exam/validation do not qualify.

  2. Acceptable evidence of immunity to each disease includes

  1. Immunization record which specifies administration of two doses of vaccine

  2. Medical laboratory report that verifies presence of disease-specific antibodies in the blood (i.e., positive blood titer)

  3. Documentation of disease state as diagnosed by a qualified physician

    The law recognizes that special circumstances may preclude ability to demonstrate compliance as detailed above. Those students for whom vaccination presents a threat to health/well-being and those who adhere to a religious doctrine that opposes immunizations may petition for a permanent exemption or temporary waiver as appropriate. Note: the statute does not allow for philosophical objections.

  1. Students who are unable to ascertain their immunization status may obtain, at their own expense, the necessary tests and/or vaccination from the Student Health Service of their university.

    Students who have no vaccination or immunity against the required preventable infectious diseases may be dismissed from the campus.
  2. In the event of an outbreak, students who are granted waivers and exemptions will be excluded from campus. Exclusion procedures will be determined at the point of the outbreak and will adhere to the advice of the South Dakota State Department of Health.

  3. Vaccination for hepatitis B, TDAP, Varicella, Influenza and Tuberculin testing is required for students before they can be admitted to certain health care programs.

Immunization for tetanus, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, varicella, and meningitis is recommended, as is a tuberculin test. Vaccination for hepatitis B is also recommended.

Housing

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During the first two years from the time they were or would have been graduated from high school, all unmarried students who enroll in six credit hours or more are required to enter into a housing agreement and designated meal plan for the specific living environment with the institution unless special permission to room or dine elsewhere is received from the institution. Permission ordinarily shall be granted to students with dependent children, to students who reside full time during the academic year with parents or legal guardians, or students enrolled primarily at off campus locations. Students who have enrolled for twelve or more credits for four (4) semesters may be exempted from this agreement at the discretion of the institution. Institutions may also grant exemptions for students when residence hall occupancy exceeds manageable capacity.

Residence Halls and On-Campus Apartments

The University offers housing accommodations for 2,200 students in seven residence halls and two apartment complexes. Each residence hall and apartment complex is under the supervision of a residence hall director and a staff of student resident advisors whose primary duty is to provide a community environment conducive to academic success and personal growth of students.

Room Applications

Applicants must be accepted to the University and have submitted their $100 housing deposit before they may apply for housing on campus. Room assignments are based on receipt of applications; applicants with the earliest return dates will be assigned first.

Special lifestyle options are available to students who request them. Specific room and lifestyle assignments are arranged by date of application. Some of the special lifestyle options include coed and single-sex floors, quiet floors, living-learning communities (Honors, Coyotes for Inclusive Excellence, Global Leadership, and TRIO Scholars), a gender inclusive floor, and upper-class/graduate floors. All residence halls and apartments are smoke-free. Students with specific medical needs should alert University Housing; accommodations can be made. All undergraduate students living in the residence halls are required to select a University meal plan, with the exception of students more than two years beyond their high school graduation date living in Coyote Village.

The residence halls and apartments provide students with laundry facilities, and depending on the complex, a centralized desk area that is open for students who have questions or need assistance with their mail or any service that is provided during the day or night. In student rooms, cable TV, and wired and wireless internet are provided. Opportunities for employment are also available in the residence halls and apartments. Each complex and floor has a governing structure, and programmatic and policy recommendations are made by the Residence Hall Association, comprised of students living on-campus.