The University of South Dakota (or informally USD or the U) is a public coeducational research university located in the small town community of Vermillion, South Dakota
University of South Dakota was established by the Dakota Territory legislature in 1862, 37 years before the establishment of the state of South Dakota (first classes held 1882 in the Clay County Courthouse), USD is the oldest public university in the state.
On a 286-acre (116 ha) campus, USD is situated in the southeastern portion of South Dakota, approximately 63 miles (102 km) southwest of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 39 miles (63 km) northwest of Sioux City, Iowa and north of the Missouri River.
The University of South Dakota is home to South Dakota’s only medical school, law school, and accredited business school. It is also home to the National Music Museum, with over 15,000 American, European, and non-western instruments. USD is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, and its current president is Jim Abbott. The university has been accredited by the North Central Association of College and Schools since 1913. Nine alumni have been selected as Rhodes Scholars; Ernest Lawrence, B.A. ’22, received the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics.
The athletic teams compete in the NCAA’s Division I as members of The Summit League, except football which competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.