University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota (also called USD ) is a state university in Vermillion in the southeast of the U.S. state of South Dakota. With 8,641 students ( 2005) it is after the South Dakota State University, the second largest university in South Dakota. At the University are the only medical and legal faculty of the State.


The university was founded in 1862 by the legislature of Dakota Territory. The study began operation in 1882. Present President James W. Abbott.


The sports team of the USD, the Coyotes. The University is a member of the Summit League.

Famous graduates

  • Tom Brokaw - Journalist
  • Ernest O. Lawrence - nuclear physicist and Nobel laureate
  • Al Neuharth - Founder of USA Today
  • Greg Mortenson - founder of the Central Asia Institute