Jun 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 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 Applications are available online at: Online Application
2. US $20 Application Fee
  • Application Fees are non-refundable
  • Fee waivers are available with the application for those with financial need.  
  • 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.
3. Official High
School and College Transcripts
  • Official high school transcript 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).
    • Applicants that are currently attending or have completed secondary education outside of the United States need to submit the equivalent of a US high school transcript and diploma. 
  • Official transcripts (in English or with translation) from each college or university you previously attended, sent directly to USD.*

*The University reserves the right to request an official external credential evaluation in order to complete an admission decision. Credential evaluations will only be accepted from organizations/agencies who are approved members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (www.aice-eval.org). No foreign transfer credits will be accepted without a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (www.ece.org). 

4. Test Scores (Optional) Official ACT or SAT scores sent to USD directly from the testing agency. Test scores can be used for admission, scholarship consideration and course placement. 

Official Documents 

The University of South Dakota may use unofficial transcripts and test scores to make admission decisions. If admitted with unofficial documents, the admission decision will be contingent upon receiving the official documents. An electronic official transcript must be transmitted directly between institutions using the electronic transcript service authorized by the issuing institution. A transcript delivered by the student or issued to the student is not official. Official test scores should be sent directly to USD from the test publisher’s authorized representative. For applicants who have previously taken courses from USD or from any of the South Dakota Regental institutions, transcripts are available to USD and are not required to be requested by the student. 

Request for your official documents to be sent to admissions.docs@usd.edu or  

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
414 E Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069 

All questions and requests for assistance should be addressed to: 

Office of Undergraduate Admissions 
Phone: 1-877-COYOTES (1-877-269-6837) 
E-mail: Office of Admissions (admissions@usd.edu
Website: www.usd.edu/Admissions-and-Aid/Undergraduate-Admissions 

For international student inquiries, please email isrt@usd.edu

 

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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SDBOR policy 2.2.1

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.  ACT Composite Score of 21 or above (SAT 1070)

    or

    High School GPA of 2.60 on a 4.00 scale in all high school courses
    Or

    Achieve a 3 or higher on the English Language Arts and Mathematics Smarter Balanced Assessments

    OR

    Rank in the upper 50% of high school graduating class.

  2. Students should complete the following core courses with a “C” average or better:

  • 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 Sciences
    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 that do not meet the admission requirements listed above are reviewed on an individual basis through the Admission Appeal Process

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 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. Complete at least 15 credit hours of the system general education requirements with a 2.0 GPA
    AND
  2. Meet university minimum progression standards .

Non-High School Graduates

Applicants who have not graduated from high school but who have earned a GED High School Equivalency certificate may be considered for admission based on their GED 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 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 from 2002 to 2013: Earn a score of at least 410 on each subject and a total score of 2250 or higher across all five subjects (i.e., an average score of 450 across all five subjects);
    3. Scores earned from 1997 to 2001: Earn a score of at least 40 on each subject and a total score of 225 across all five subjects (i.e., an average score of 45 across all five subjects);
    4. Scores earned from 1981 to 1996: Earn a score of at least 40 on each subject or a total score of 225 across all five subjects (i.e., an average score of 45 across all five subjects);
    5. Scores earned from 1943 to 1980: Earn a score of at least 35 on each subject or a total score of 225 across all five subjects (i.e., an average score of 45 across all five 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);
    OR
  • Obtain an ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 1070, or concorded equivalent for older SAT scores or above
  1. Associate Degree Program
    For admission to associate degree programs, home school graduates must:

English Proficiency Requirements for Applicants who have Completed Secondary Education Outside of the United States 

Must demonstrate English Language Proficiency by meeting one of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • 71 or higher (iBT)
    • 8 or higher (TOEFL Essentials)
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
    • 6.0 or higher
  • Duolingo English Test
    • 105 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    • 48 or higher
  • ACT or SAT
    • ACT English 18+ OR
    • SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing 500+
  • Advanced Placement English
    • (AP) 3 or higher
  • ELS Language Center
    • Successful completion of the ELS English for Academic Purposes level 112 
  • Successful completion (equivalent of >2.6 GPA) of one of the following: 
    • British O Level/GCSE/IGCSE 
    • British AS/A Levels 
    • IB Certificate or Diploma 
    • WAEC 
    • High school within the United States 
    • English-medium high school outside the United States but accredited by a US-based accrediting organization (such as WASC or NEASC) 
    • US College Coursework 
    • Successful completion of a college level English composition course at an accredited U.S. institution with a grade of C or higher. 
  • Native Speakers of English 
    Applicants who hold a conferred degree from one of the following countries are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

International Students:

  1. International students entering the university on an F1 or J1 visa must demonstrate financial ability to pay for at least one year of academic and living expenses before being issued a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status (I-20) by the University of South Dakota. The University of South Dakota follows the average annual enrollment of 30 credit hours for undergraduate students plus an estimate for living costs. International students may be asked for the following documentation to support their application and visa: Passport, Bank Statement, Financial Ability Form, Passport.

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 directly from another South Dakota Board of Regents school (Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University) need only submit an application and an application fee if not enrolled within the last three academic terms.

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 and do not have to meet the baccalaureate degree admission requirements. 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 and do not have to meet the baccalaureate degree admission requirements. Specific degree programs may include additional admissions requirements.

Former Student (“Readmit”)

If the last school you attended was the University of South Dakota and you are returning to USD after being away for a semester or more, you may apply as a readmitted student. If you are returning to school and USD is not the last school you attended, you should apply as a transfer student (see section above).

Student transferring within the Regental System

Students transferring directly from another South Dakota Board of Regents school (Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University) need only submit an application and an application fee, if not enrolled within the last three academic terms. (Refer to SDBOR policy 2.2.2.1 Seamless Transfer of Credit).

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:

First-Time Dual Credit Students 
High School students who are enrolling in coursework at an SDBOR institution for the first time will utilize this application link. 

Continuing Dual Credit Students 
High School students who have previously taken coursework at an SDBOR institution will utilize this application link.  

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 must submit a 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 Director of Admissions 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 Director of Admissions will determine whether there is sufficient cause to deny admission on these grounds. The decision of the Director of Admissions may be appealed to the Vice President Enrollment.

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.

Placement

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Academic Affairs
(605) 658-3854
usdtest@usd.edu

Students are placed into initial English and mathematics courses according to procedures established in South Dakota Board of Regents administrative guidelines.  Placement into initial English coursework is determined primarily by ACT English scores, but also may be determined by Smarter Balanced scores or ACCUPLACER scores.  Placement into initial mathematics coursework is determining primarily by High School GPA but also may be determined by Mathematics Index scores (a combination of ACT Mathematics scores and high school GPA), Smarter Balanced scores, ACCUPLACER scores, or Challenge Index (a combination of high school GPA and ACCUPLACER score).  Detailed placement rules for English and mathematics are shown in SDBOR Administrative Guidelines 2.2.1.1.A and 2.2.1.1.B.  

Students who wish to contest an initial placement decision may request an opportunity to challenge their initial placements.  Challenges are attempted using ACCUPLACER exams and return an $20.00 fee.

Regental Policy for Transfer of Credit

SDBOR policy 2.2.2.1-Seamless Transfer of Credit

  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 Grading schemes will be converted to a university equivalent.
  2. Total transfer credit completed at an associate college shall not exceed one-half of the hours required for completion of the baccalaureate degree at the receiving institution. Waivers can be requested for the program and must be approved by the vice president for academic affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may approve program-specific agreement waivers of up to seventy-five (75) total transfer credit hours at the receiving institution. Formal Board of Regents approval is required for baccalaureate program-specific waivers of seventy-six (76) total transfer credit hours up to a maximum of ninety (90) total transfer credit hours at the receiving institution. 
  3. Transfer students who do not qualify for transfer of credit may appeal through the appropriate institutional appeal procedures. Transfer students should contact an advisor to help submit coursework for evaluation of transfer. 
  4. Prior credit coursework is evaluated for transfer based on the following policies.

Regental Policy for Seamless Transfer of Credit

The purpose of the policy is to outline flexible pathways for students to transfer among institutions within and from outside the Regental system to enable their opportunities for success.

South Dakota Regental System Transfer of Credit

The Board of Regents governing the six public universities has established a common course catalog and common transcript to ensure that a Regental student can seamlessly transfer within the Regental system.  Regental coursework, credit hours and grades are recorded on the student’s transcript.

Transfer of Credit within the Regental System

  1. General Education Transfer and Common Course Transfer

1.1 Students who complete the System General Education Requirements (SDBOR Policy 2.3.7) at any Regental institution will have fulfilled the System General Education Requirements for their degree program. The completion of the requirements will internally transfer with the courses, credit hours and grades assigned regardless of the course distributions or approved course lists.
1.2 Students who complete system common courses will internally transfer with the courses, credit hours and grades assigned regardless of the Regental institution.
1.3 A student who has not completed all System 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.
1.4 All prerequisites for associate and baccalaureate programs must be completed as determined by the student’s degree plan.  

  1. Major Specific, Validated, and Elective Transfer

2.1 Students completing an internal transfer within the Regental system can request that program/major related, validated credits, and elective credits be applied toward the degree/graduation requirements (see SDBOR Policy 2.6.1 for graduation requirements).
2.2 Credits earned through Pass/Fail grading options, credit-by-examinations, portfolio reviews, and other validated credit awards that may be known by other names at institutions will transfer as equivalent courses when available at the receiving institution.
2.3 Students needing information on minor and dual major requirements shall review SDBOR Policy 2.3.2 (for transfer purposes).

External (Non-Regental System) Accredited University/College Transfer of Credit

  • SDBOR Policy 2.2.2.3 External (Non-Regental System) Accredited University/College Transfer of Credit

The Board of Regents governing the six public universities has established a policy on the transfer of credits from accredited external universities and colleges.

For the purposes of this policy, an accredited institution is an institution holding accreditation from one of the following institutional accrediting bodies unless otherwise specified: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Undergraduate Transfer

  1. Independent General Education/Common Course Transfer

1.1 All individual general education courses will have a course evaluation.
1.2 Approved equivalent courses and grades are recorded on the transcript; once the course is recorded, the equivalency will not change.

  1. Block General Education Transfer

2.1. A student who has completed general education requirements that are consistent with the six (6) goals and credit hour requirements outlined in SDBOR Policy 2.3.7 will enter the Regental system having fulfilled the General Education program requirements.
2.2. A student who has completed the WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) Interstate Passport, or other approved general education agreement requirements as outlined in AAC Guidelines will have successfully fulfilled the General Education Requirements.
2.3. A student who has completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution will have successfully completed the General Education Requirements.
2.4. Degree and graduation requirements to meet one of the System General Education Requirements (SGR)s may stipulate that students’ complete credits/courses toward the degree program. Any such requirement will be outlined in the program articulation agreement.
2.5. Approved transfer courses, number, and name as well as grades are recorded on the transcript. Credit will be identified in the student information system that general education has been satisfied and transcripted.

  1. Program Major Specific, Elective Transfer

3.1. Independent Major, Common, or Elective Courses. 

3.1.1. The university-specific degree or plan of study requirements determine if the requested courses are applicable to the student’s degree program at that university and if they meet the minimum grade criteria required by the program.
3.1.2. University discretion is permitted in acceptance of courses.
3.1.3. Approved transfer courses will be entered into the student information system, the equivalency will not change once approved.
3.1.4. Remedial courses (as identified on the sending institution’s transcript) received in transfer are recorded, transcribed, and assigned an equivalency. Remedial courses transferred will not be applied toward a student’s graduation requirements.
3.1.5. Approved courses, grades and credit hours are recorded on the transcript.

3.2. Major Specific Block Transfer of Credit by Articulation Agreements

3.2.1. Universities may enter into an articulation agreement including transfer of a cluster of courses for block credit toward the student’s degree program with the approval of the Board of Regents.
3.2.2. Following a course evaluation ensuring the agreement was adhered, credits will be transferred as a block and a grade of CR applied.
3.2.3. All approved equivalent courses and credit hours are recorded as a block on the transcript; the grade earned at the sending institution is not recorded or calculated into the grade point averages.
3.2.4. Students and the receiving university may utilize a course-by-course equivalency upon request instead of the block credit (see Sections C.3.1).

3.3. Program-to-Program Transfer by Articulation Agreements

3.3.1. Universities may enter into a program-to-program articulation agreement with the approval of the Executive Director, or designee, and the Board of Regents.
3.3.2. A program-to-program agreement may provide for proactive/guaranteed admission to the receiving institution upon a student completing the requirements at the sending institution. (i.e., Associates to Bachelors [A2B] where the first two years are completed at a non-baccalaureate institution [AS degree] toward the receiving institution’s baccalaureate degree).
3.3.3. A program-to-program agreement will define the requirements of the program, major emphasis, credit hours received and a pathway to degree attainment.
3.3.4. Approved transfer courses, grades and credit hours are recorded on the transcript.

  1. Reverse Transfer

4.1. Universities may enter into an articulation agreement for reverse transfer with the approval of the Board of Regents.
4.2. Reverse transfer is utilized primarily for attainment of degrees through credits earned at the receiving institution and degree awarded by the sending institution. This reverse transfer can be utilized for any academic credential as defined by the agreement.

  1. Graduate Program Major Specific and Elective Transfer

5.1. The receiving university-specific plan of study requirements determines if the course requests are applicable to the student’s degree program.
5.2. Transfer credits will have a course evaluation completed by the receiving institution.
5.3. After the course evaluation is completed, courses will be recorded as either specific major course equivalencies or courses may be recorded as electives, and equivalencies granted.
5.4. Approved grades and credit hours will be recorded on the transcript.

 

External (Non-Regental System) Non-Accredited University/College and International Transfer of Credit

  • SDBOR Policy 2.2.2.4 External (Non-Regental System) Non-Accredited Unviersity/College and International Transfer of Credit

The Board of Regents governing the six public universities has established a policy on the transfer of credits from non-accredited external universities and colleges and international transfer. This policy shall only include those sending institutions that are non­accredited institutions or international institutions.

 

Undergraduate and Graduate Transfer of Credit

  1. Independent General Education Transfer

1.1. University discretion is permitted in acceptance of general education courses.
1.2. Courses considered for transfer are subject to all BOR policies and any conditions for validation that may be prescribed by the receiving institution.
1.3. All individual general education courses requests for transfer will have a course evaluation. Approved equivalent courses and grades are recorded on the transcript; once the course is recorded, the equivalency will not change.

  1. Major Specific, Validated Credit and Elective Transfer of Credit

2.1. The receiving university discretion is permitted in acceptance of courses. All degree requirements determine course transfers.
2.2. Major specific and elective courses considered for transfer are subject to all BOR policies and any conditions for course evaluation and validation that may be prescribed by the receiving institution.
2.3. Approved transfer courses will be entered into the student information system, the equivalency will not change once approved.

  1. Process for International Transfer Credit

A Course-by-Course evaluation is required if one wishes to have international coursework considered for transfer. College level courses taken at international institutions must be evaluated by one of two independent credential evaluation services. Students who have been accepted to USD will provide USD with a Course-by-Course evaluation from World Educations Services, Inc. www.wes.org or Educational Credential Evaluators www.wes.org. The course-by-course evaluation will be used by USD officials to determine transferability.

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

Transfer credit from international institutions transfers as S/U (pass/fail) and does not calculate into the GPA. At the discretion of the institution’s chief academic officer, grades may be recorded and used to determine the transfer and cumulative GPAs.

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.

 

Prior Learning and Validated Transfer of Credit

The Board of Regents supports credit for prior learning by encouraging institutions to employ effective and efficient practices rooted in nationally recognized best practice standards to maximize awarding degree-relevant, college-level coursework to students. Recognizing the assets and capabilities of students through acceptance of credit for prior learning promotes access for South Dakotans. Therefore, institutions shall apply toward admission eligibility, course prerequisites, and/or degree requirements, academic credit earned outside of a traditional higher education setting.

  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 established by the American Council on Education (ACE) when making final decisions. 
    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, DDST, 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. 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.
 
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Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

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Equal Opportunity

In accordance with the South Dakota Board of Regents Policy 1.4.4, 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, disability, genetic information or veteran status or on any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination.

Non-Discrimination, Civil Rights and Affirmative Action

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 SDBOR Policy 1.4.3.

For additional information, please contact the Director, Equal Opportunity and Chief Title IX Coordinator, Jean Merkle, 205 Slagle Hall, Vermillion, SD 57069. Phone: 605-658-3665  Jean.Merkle@usd.edu​

Responsibilities of Chief Executive Officers

The chief executive officers of the respective institutions shall be responsible for assuring that the Board’s equal opportunity policies are communicated effectively to members of the institutional community and the public at large. The means for such communication may include seminars and other forms of public service or instructional programming and shall include notices to be posted or otherwise incorporated into institutional promotional materials. Such notices should clearly identify persons who are responsible for the implementation of equal opportunity policies and should advise readers or listeners of how they might contact the responsible institutional officials to obtain further information or to express their concerns about implementation of institutional policies.

Disability Services

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, Karen Gerety, The Commons, Room 116, USD, Vermillion, SD 57069.  Phone: 605-658-3745  Fax: 605-658-3357  E-Mail: disabilityservices@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 Cheryl Tiahrt, Chief Information Officer, as the Coordinator to monitor compliance with these statutes. This obligates USD and Ms. Tiahrt to provide equal access for all persons with disabilities.     

Pre-Admission Immunization Requirements

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SDBOR Policy 2.2.1, Section 11.4

Any student entering a public or private postsecondary education institution in this state for the first time after July 1, 2008, shall, within forty-five (45) days after the start of classes, present to the appropriate institution certification from a licensed physician that the student has received or is in the process of receiving the required two doses of immunization against measles, rubella, and mumps. 

  1. Students born after 1956 must demonstrate immunity; those born prior to this date are excused.
  2. Students who are enrolled in a course that meets face-to-face at least once per week to receive instruction - are obliged to comply. This includes participation at all campuses, centers (including USD-Sioux Falls campus and Black Hills State University-Rapid City, formerly 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.

As an alternative to the requirement for a physician’s certification, the student may present:

  1. Certification from a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the student would be such that immunization would endanger the student’s life or health 
  2. Certification from a licensed physician stating the student has experienced the natural disease against which the immunization protects 
  3. Confirmation from a laboratory of the presence of adequate immunity; or a written statement signed by the student that the student is an adherent to a religious doctrine whose teachings are opposed to such immunizations. If the student is under the age of eighteen, the written statement shall be signed by one parent or guardian.  

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.

Vaccination for hepatitis B, TDAP, Varicella, Influenza and Tuberculin testing is required for students before they can be admitted to certain health care programs.  Health Affairs Immunization policies can be found at https://www.usd.edu/shs under Immunizations. Additional information is located on page 2 of the Required Immunization Health History Form. This policy is also available on the SDBOR Policy 2.2.1, Section 11.4.

Immunization for tetanus, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, varicella, and meningitis is recommended, as is a tuberculin test. Vaccination for hepatitis B is also recommended, and an annual influenza vaccination is recommended for students living in residence halls to minimize disruption of routine activities during influenza outbreaks. 

A student allowed to register while completing the round of required vaccinations who fails to provide satisfactory documentation of his or her immune status or of a acceptable medical excuse shall not be permitted to attend classes after the forty-fifth (45th) day or, in the case of classes delivered in less than forty-five (45) days, to register for or to attend classes beginning in a subsequent term. 

Email usd.immunizations@sanfordhealth.org with any questions.

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 within 60 miles of the main campus, 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 2,128 students in six 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 assistants 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 contract signed 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-gender floors, living-learning communities (Honors, Global Leadership, Wiyuskinyan Unpi Tipi, Leaders of Social Change, and Sustainability, and ROTC.), gender inclusive options, and returning student 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 or McFadden.

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, 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.