Dickinson State University

291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, North Dakota 58601-4896


  • College Type: 4-year, Public
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Total Student Population: 1,415
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Website: www.dickinsonstate.edu

Dickinson State University (DSU) is a public university located in Dickinson, North Dakota, United States.

It was founded in 1918 as a teacher’s college and has since expanded its programs to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in a various fields including business, education, nursing, and agriculture.

The university’s mission is to provide high-quality educational programs that prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning.

It offers a personalized educational experience with small class sizes and individualized attention from faculty members and has a wide range of student services and resources.

DSU is committed to providing students with a well-rounded education and preparing them for successful careers and lives beyond graduation.

The university’s campus is located in a small city in southwestern North Dakota and features modern facilities, including state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and athletic facilities.

The natural environment surrounding the university is characterized by the rolling hills and wide-open prairies of the Great Plains providing the students its natural beauty and the opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking, fishing, and hunting.

The environment at Dickinson State University is welcoming and supportive.

The university has a diverse student body that is very diverse, with students coming from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

Dickinson State University offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including student clubs and organizations, athletics, and community service programs.

The university’s athletic teams are known as the Blue Hawks and compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in sports such as football, basketball, and volleyball.

Dickinson State University is part of the North Dakota University System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Dickinson State University is ranked one of the best colleges in Regional Colleges (Midwest) and is a great school of study for students looking for quality and affordable education.

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment:1,415
Undergraduate enrollment:1,337
Percent of Undergraduate enrollment
   by gender
   by race/ethnicity
      American Indian or Alaskan Native:1.4%
      Black or African American:3.5%
      Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander:0.3%
      Two or more races:3.7%
      Race/ethnicity unknown:4.1%
      Non-resident alien:3.4%

Degrees Offered

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master’s degree

Majors Offered

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Art
  • Academic Skills Courses
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • Business Administration
  • Biology
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • Criminal Justice
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Diesel Technology
  • Early Childhood
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Fire Science
  • Foreign Languages
  • Graphic Design
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Human & Community Education
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Health, Physical Education, & Recreation
  • Leadership
  • Mathematics
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Physics
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Range Science
  • Science
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Theatre
  • University Studies
  • Veterinary
  • Welding


 Academic year prices for full-time, first-time undergraduate students2021-222020-212019-20
    Tuition & fees
      In-state$8,122 $9,118 $7,784 
      Out-of-state$9,942 $11,218 $11,044 
    Books and supplies$1,200 $1,200 $1,260 
      Room and board$7,500 $7,486 $7,268 
      Other expenses$3,500 $3,500 $3,612 
      Room and board$7,500 $7,486 $7,268 
      Other expenses$3,500 $3,500 $3,612 
    Off-campus with family
      Other expenses$3,500 $3,500 $3,612

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