Jun 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Student Resources and Services

The University of South Dakota (USD) believes that a student success is essential to achieving great things.  USD is committed to helping distance students succeed through a variety of programs focused on each students’ specific needs.

Academic Career Planning Center (ACPC)


Each student at USD is assigned to an academic advisor through the Academic and Career Planning Center.  Academic advisors are an essential piece to assisting students through the academic processes as well as connecting the students to the resources available to them. In addition to academic advising services, academic support is provided through:

  • ACPC offers a tutoring program in a variety of subjects such as math, biology, chemistry, general education social sciences (criminal justice, psychology, etc.) and more through zoom meetings with tutors.
  • Smarthinking is an on-demand 24-7 tutoring option that provides support for most general education classes, as well as many upper division math, sciences, nursing, and business courses. Smarthinking is accessible through USD’s Student Portal.
  • Learning Specialists are individuals who help students develop successful learning strategies and study skills, study habits, time management, overcome math anxiety, and more.
  • Supplemental Instruction - Peer-assisted study sessions help you with difficult first and second year courses.
  • Writing Center provides free assistance to students with all aspects of writing.  From brainstorming ideas for a paper to final stages of proofreading and editing for academic essays and reports to non-traditional and creative writing assignments, students can request one-on-one assistance with brainstorming, developing ideas, organizing, drafting, citation formatting, and/or using correct grammar and punctuation. There are also several writing workshops available online through D2L. Distance students can submit assignments in the online writing center dropbox via D2L and receive feedback about their work or they can make a video conferencing appointment to talk live with a consultant. For more information or to make a reservation for assistance, visit the Writing Center’s website at usd.edu/academics/writing-center.
  • Math Emporium offers one-on-one and small group tutoring is offered for many math courses. Students connect via Zoom (https://usd.zoom.us/my/themathemporium) Monday-Thursday between 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
  • ACPC, furthermore, helps students in career planning by providing services including interview coaching, job search assistance, resume/ cover letter review, graduate school prep and internship search assistance and coaching to all USD students. Appointments can be booked through Coyote Connections and are help via Zoom.

USD Disability Services


In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (2009), USD Disability Services is dedicated to ensuring that students with disabilities have full and equal access to all the programs and activities USD offers. Accommodations are available to students with documented learning, physical or psychological disabilities.

Military & Veteran Student Services


This resource center proudly assists service members, veterans, and their families with applying for and receiving education benefits.  There are prioritized programs and services to help military and veteran students integrate into student life as smoothly as possible. Whether you’re studying on campus or via an online or distance program, military and veteran students have access to academic and social support such as tutoring, student veterans’ clubs and organizations, Veterans Affairs reintegration support, and peer monitoring programs. Counseling services are offered that are confidential and offer a broad range of counseling, outreach and referral services for current and prior military personnel and their family members. Services provided include individual, couples and family counseling, support and educational groups and referral to other resources.

University Libraries


University Libraries at USD are committed to providing high quality library services to all USD students and faculty. Students can take advantage of our specialized library liaison services by scheduling a consultation to receive personalized help. Students have access to library services and resources (including e-books, full text articles and much more) electronically. Students currently enrolled in a USD distance education program are eligible for the same services as other USD faculty, staff and students, including the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services (ILLiad).

Career Support


USD’s Career Support Services helps students and alumni find full, part-time, and summer jobs and internships. Career advisors are available to meet to assist in developing a strategy to gain a competitive advantage.

Coyote Careers is an online resource housing hundreds of internships and full-time job opportunities, as well as local and regional part-time positions and USD work-study and graduate assistant positions. The system allows students to review and save job postings, upload resumes and other career documents, apply for positions, and sign up for on-campus interviews.

Information Technology Services


USD Technology Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via phone, email, or online submissions via Coyote One Stop.  This support includes campus and personal computer troubleshooting for hardware and software issues.

Coyote One Stop Shop


Coyote One Stop is an online destination designed to be used by USD faculty, staff, students, prospective students and parents to locate information quickly. Through this website you can request assistance and find answers to your questions. You can learn more about Coyote One Stop and search the Service Catalog and Knowledge Base at link.usd.edu/onestop.

The University of South Dakota Student Counseling Center (SCC) is committed to providing short-term counseling and consultation services in a safe, welcoming, and affirming environment, conducive to the development and empowerment of a diverse community of learners.  Students seek services at the Student Counseling Center for a variety of reasons. Some of these include anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, substance use, and past or recent trauma. Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) includes over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. TAO Includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals.

Coyote Connections


Coyote Connections is the overarching platform to help students schedule and request appointments to help them with whatever they may need. Services include and help support with:

  • Advising
  • International Student Services
  • Learning Specialists
  • Meeting with Professor
  • Tutoring
  • Undergrad Research Opportunities
  • Writing Center
  • Career Planning

Gallagher International Center


The Gallagher International Center helps students by providing them with the needed resources to expand their academic experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting. The center aims at preparing students to excel after graduating from USD and explores different opportunities for students to add to their resumes such as:

  • Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning (AWOL)
  • Study abroad programs
  • Undergraduate research and creative scholarship
  • Competitive awards and fellowships

The office is available Monday - Fridays from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. via email or phone

Presentation Center

The Presentation Center is dedicated to helping students gain the necessary skills and confidence to cohesivity and effectively communicate a message to their intended audience.  The presentation center offers a great range of different services to USD students, varying from one-on-one meetings to workshops, including:

  • Presentation workshops
  • Presentation construction
  • Structured feedback
  • Audience Services

Zoom appointments are available upon request by emailing Matthew.Gottesman@coyotes.usd.edu or Mokhlisur.Rahman@coyotes.usd.edu

South Dakota Oral History Center


The USD Oral History Center hosts a collection of approximately 5500 interviews recollecting indigenous memories and experiences, starting as early as the 1890s. The collection is a valuable record of the historical, social, and cultural legacy of the state of South Dakota that students may use for research or educational purposes.

Interviews or transcripts can be requested through the link below:

USD Wellness Center


At the Wellness Center, students can take advantage of personal training, group fitness sessions, and wellness coaching to prioritize their physical and mental health. From Yoga, Zumba, Dance to HIIT workouts, and more, certified instructors offer a variety of online courses for students to join every day of the week for free. Additionally, students can find guided workouts and exercises on USD’s YouTube Channel @USDWellnessCenter.