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About Dakota State University (DSU)

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College




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Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Not applicable

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Dakota State University(DSU) is a public university headquartered at Madison and was founded in 1881 in Dakota territory as a school which offers teacher's education. At present, it is one of the most technologically advanced universities.

The university offers more than 45 majors and the main focus is to train teachers with computer technology and learning processes. It has an art gallery, bookstore, e-library, academic hall of fame, academic teams, and ADA accommodations for the students. It uses advanced technology and teaching programs for students.

  • DSU acceptance rate is 83%.

  • It provides a cohesive education environment with a student to faculty ratio of 17:1.

  • The university has an acceptance rate of 83% with a graduation rate of 37%.

  • With a total enrolment of 3,382 students, consisting both undergraduate and graduate the school has a rolling based admissions process. Students come from 49 states and 59 countries. 

The university provides a specialty in majors such as Accounting, American studies, Architecture, Biochemistry, Law enforcement Administration, Paralegal, and Marketing. It has 2,844 undergraduates and 346 graduate students pursuing online and offline programme.

The college provides numerous courses in Nursing, Healthcare, Legal/Criminal Justice, and Business and provides bachelor's and master’s degrees in all of them. The college has a campus of around 61 acres. Along with on-site education, the college imparts various degrees in online format also. Both the campus are easy to get and are near to restaurants, markets, housing, shops, and internet access. All the campuses provide provides real-world experience with coursework and case studies which helps the students to connect to with industry.

Online Education at DSU

Desire2Learn is the online platform for the DSU students. During exams, webcam conferences are used and student identity verification is done through visual and voice recognition.

It has a General Education Mobile(GEM) which is a partnership between airforce and civilian institutes for providing an academic education for airforce officers.


The reviews provided by the students are as follows.

  • The university has strict policies and rules on campus.

  • It has a safe campus with a good campus security team.

  • Class size is small so each student gets individual attention from the professors.

Location & Contact


820 N Washington Ave


Email: N/A
Phone: 6052565111
Fax: 6052565020
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The rankings are given by US News and World Report. Dakota State University holds the position of the best colleges.

These are the following rankings cited below:

  • #84 in Regional Universities Midwest (tie)

  • #123 top performers in social mobility (tie)

  • #18 in top public school (tie)


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

Rolling Admissions

Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

960 - 1220

ACT Range

20 - 26

Application Fee



Neither required nor recommended

High School GPA


Accept Common App


Getting into DSU is easy with its online application throughout the year and with an application fee of $20, it is easy for all those who want to pursue business, Healthcare, and many more, along with online education also.

There is a requirement for SAT, ACT to get into Dakota State University. GPA of 3.1 out of 4 is considered fine but that too in some specific courses. Students are requested to go to the admission catalog for more information.

To get into Dakota State University:

  • Fill the online form.

  • Talk to an admission counselor and submit all the relevant documents.

  • Talk to financial aid counselors.

  • Start studying.

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


Average Annual Cost


Books And Supplies


Other Fees


Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


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For studying at Dakota State University for the undergraduate program, its tuition fee is $9,535 for in-state students and for out of the state students it is $12,606 and for Room and board is $7,033 with an annual average cost of $16,940.

The cost of the college is almost at par with other colleges that provide courses in nursing, healthcare, etc. the kind of study material and coursework which college provides can be justified with the cost.

What is the Annual Average Cost?

In addition, there are costs such as books and supplies, room and board, other fees, and budget for other expenses which would amount to 1500-2500 dollars.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Computer/Information Technology Adm...

71 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

48 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

32 Graduates

Health and Medical Administrative S...

25 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

25 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

24 Graduates

Computer Software and Media Applica...

22 Graduates

Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

19 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

19 Graduates


16 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

15 Graduates

Information Science/Studies

13 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

12 Graduates

Design and Applied Arts

10 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

7 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

6 Graduates


6 Graduates

Biological and Biomedical Sciences,...

4 Graduates

English Language and Literature/Let...

4 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




83% White

1% Unknown

4% Black

4% Hispanic

4% Two or more races

1% Non Resident alien

2% Asian

1% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


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In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$52,093 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $3,149/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

blue and yellow

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

North Star Athletic Association

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)



Cross Country


Track and Field

Sports Team (Women)


Cross Country


Track and Field


Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


The university additionally offers an on-campus housing facility for students who wish to dwell nearby. The normal expense for on-campus housing is $7,033 per year. The students at Dakota State University have several dining and meal plan options to choose from. Moreover, the average meal plan costs around $3,149 per year. To ensure the safety and security of students, the university has a number of campus safety and security measures in place. Some of these features include 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The number of female and male students at the university are 62% and 38%, respectively.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$201 - 328

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


The department of financial aid in the university provides various financial aid to their students. Students looking for financial assistance has to fill up the FAFSA form. 

 Dakota State University federal School code is 003463.

Federal Aid offered are Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, Direct PLUS Loan, Direct Subsidized Loan, Unsubsidized Loans, and Federal Work-Study.

Institutional Aids available are DSU Presidential Champion Scholarship, DSU Merit Champion Scholarship, DSU Achievement Champion Scholarship, and Center of Excellence Annual Scholarship.

Military Aids provided are Post 9/11 GI Bill, Army/Air National Guard/Reserve, VA Vocational Rehabilitation, and Active Duty Military.

79% of the students are awarded the Federal and Institutional Aids and $15,375 is the average amount of financial aid awarded as Grants and Scholarships.

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