Fall Enrollment: 1,473 (2022-2023)
Types of Degrees: Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, Certificate, Master's Degree, Post Bachelors
Number of Programs: 74
Average Class Size: 13
Student to Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

Campus Life

Dickinson State University is a small community with big opportunities. At DSU you will be supported and challenged as you explore new ideas and find your passion. More than 1400 students are enrolled at DSU representing 30 states and territories and more than 18 countries.

You will interact directly with your professors and have opportunities for learning both in and out of the classroom. Work alongside faculty conducting original research, participating in field trips and service learning projects, presenting at local, regional and national conferences, and engaging in active internship to explore your field of interest.

Dickinson State University offers a vibrant on-campus experience including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, esports, football, golf, rodeo, softball, track and field, volleyball, wrestling, pep band, concert band, choir, theater, and more.

DSU is a campus of champions, our Blue Hawk teams were awarded the 2021 North Star Athletic Association’s Commissioners cup as the best all-around athletics program. Our football team earned its 7th consecutive conference championship in the fall of 2021. We participated in the College National Finals Rodeo, and numerous other national tournament appearances.

Students at DSU succeed on the field and in the classroom, where excellence is our standard. DSU showcases this excellence with a vibrant Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program.

Whatever your interests, the faculty and staff at Dickinson State will encourage and support your efforts.

Experience the Dickinson State magic by scheduling a campus visit today!


Dickinson State University is conveniently located along Interstate 94, 1.5 hours west of the state capital of Bismarck. Dickinson is 36 miles east of the historic town of Medora. Medora is the future home of the $100 million Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located just outside Medora is home to bison, pronghorn, elk, white-tailed and mule deer, wild horses, and bighorn sheep. The Park offers visitors the opportunity to hike and play in one of the world’s most fascinating geological formations. Larger cities such as Fargo, ND; Billings, MT; and Rapid City, SD, are all within a half-day’s drive by car.

The Area

Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. That’s why we provide you with many academic, cultural, and social events to enhance your education as you connect with and learn from your fellow students. The nearby Maah Daah Hey Trail offers a 144-mile non-motorized single track through the Badlands of North Dakota. You can explore nature while cross-country skiing one of the many trails in Dickinson. Go fishing, boating, or lounge on the beach at Lake Patterson or drive the Enchanted Highway to see the larger-than-life metal sculptures. Enjoy the indoor pool, waterslides, rock climbing or ice skating at the West River Community and Ice Centers. Access to our world-class Community Center is provided for free if you live in one of the DSU residence halls.

Dickinson’s population has significantly increased in the last several years providing endless possibilities to students for internships, service and job opportunities.

Along with being recognized by as one of the most affordable public universities for out-of-state students in the nation, Dickinson State University was ranked fourth in regional public colleges in the Midwest, by U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges list. Recent institution and program recognitions can be found online at


Dickinson State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent corporation that accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region. DSU also holds many additional department specific accreditations.

2022-23 Academic Year Costs

TUITION & FEES:* $7,470

ROOM & BOARD:** $7,740

* Full-time resident rates.
** Based on a double room and 7-day all-access dining plan.


Dickinson State University’s strong support from the DSU Heritage Foundation provides students with more than $1.2 million in scholarships each year. DSU also offers a wide array of academic and athletic institutional scholarship and waiver options for prospective and current high performing and historically underrepresented students. We are proud of our Presidential Scholarship Award which waives $1,600 in annual tuition costs for qualified new students. Find out more about all our scholarships and waivers at

Priority Deadlines

ADMISSION: Rolling Admission with priority for Fall Semester: August 1, Spring Semester: December 15



FAFSA Early application is encouraged. Application is available October 1.

DSU Course Offerings

Every good opportunity starts with a plan. Dickinson State University offers more than 80 academic programs from certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Between six departments and the Schools of Education, Kinesiology, and Business and Entrepreneurship, you are sure to find a degree that fits your educational goals. The newly launched Masters of Business Administration, Sport Administration, and Education in Elementary Education, offer students the ability to pursue an affordable, high-quality program with a flexible schedule and degree path. Our programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and are offered on campus in Dickinson, online synchronously and asynchronously, and at our Bismarck and Williston locations. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1, ensuring your faculty know you—and you know your faculty. To view a complete list of departments, programs, and certificates, please visit

Admission Requirements

High school graduates or persons who have completed a GED may apply, with applicants who have received a GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher receiving preference. Students may also submit an (optional) ACT or SAT score, which will potentially provide opportunities for additional scholarship awards. As a North Dakota University System institution, DSU is allowed to waive the ACT/SAT requirements for the purpose of making admission decisions.

DSU - Why Choose DSU

Why Choose DSU

Are you interested in music, art, theater, education, business, politics, or athletics? As a student at DSU, you will have the opportunity to participate in over 35 student clubs and organizations or compete as a member of our championship-winning athletic programs. DSU offers five master’s degrees, 40 bachelor’s degrees, 16 associate degrees, 21 certificates, and five certificates of completion. At Dickinson State University, your opportunities are endless.

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Thomas Sease ‘19


Dickinson State is a very special space. There appears to be an unmatched level of connectedness between its students, faculty and alumni. As a student, to see so many people come together for the love of a small town college is nothing short of remarkable


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