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.
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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.
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 AffordableColleges.com 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 www.dickinsonstate.edu/rankings
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.