University of South Dakota

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Group.png University of South Dakota  
University of South Dakota seal.png
HeadquartersSouth Dakota
Type• public
• research
University in South Dakota

The University of South Dakota (USD) is a public research university in Vermillion, South Dakota. Established by the Dakota Territory legislature in 1862, 27 years before the establishment of the state of South Dakota,[1] USD markets itself as the flagship university for the state of South Dakota and the state's oldest public university (but see “History” below—classes did not start until 20 years later). It occupies a 274 acres (1.11 km2) campus[2] located in southeastern South Dakota, approximately 63 miles (101 km) southwest of Sioux Falls, 39 miles (63 km) northwest of Sioux City, Iowa, and north of the Missouri River.

The university is home to South Dakota's only medical school and law school.[3] It is also home to the National Music Museum, with over 15,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments.[4]

University of South Dakota's alumni include a total of 17 Truman Scholars, 12 Rhodes Scholars,[5] and 1 Nobel Laureate, (Ernest Lawrence '22, 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics.)


Alumni on Wikispooks

James Abourezk24 February 193124 February 2023PoliticianUS politician who opposed illegal activities by the CIA
Larry Pressler29 March 1942USPoliticianAttended the 1993 Bilderberg as United States Senator from South Dakota
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