How long does it typically take to receive an acceptance response?
Depending on when ACT's, transcripts, etc. arrive to evaluate for acceptance it can vary, but typically you should receive a response within 2-3 weeks. If it is taking longer, we may not have all the required documents to accept you. You may want to follow up with us and your other institutions.
I have been accepted! What next?
Congrats! You should have received a letter with housing, meal plan and immunization forms. Please fill those out and send them back to us at your earliest convenience.
You will want to fill out the FAFSA after Jan. 1st if you have not already done so. Apply for various DSU scholarships, using the general scholarship application form that is due on March 1st. As the semester gets closer, you will receive instructions on registration in the mail. You will also want to send final high school and/or college transcripts once classes are complete.
The admission checklist on the Admission Info page may be helpful!
What are the admission requirements?
As a first time freshman, you must meet one of three criteria:
18 ACT or above or SAT Reasoning Test Math and Critical Reading subscores total 870 or above
OR rank in the top 60% of your class
OR earn a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.6 on a 4.0 scale in high school courses
If you are a transfer student with more than 24 semester credits, you must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher AND be in good standing at your most recently attended institution.
If you are a transfer with less than 24 semester credit hours, you must also meet one of the freshmen admission requirement listed above.
If you are a non-traditional student, you must either have graduated from high school or have a proof of GED. Non-traditional students are those who have never attended a post-secondary institution and are 24 years old or over.
What if I took an AP class or college course as a high school student?
If you completed an AP class and took the AP exam, you will need to provide a copy of your AP score. There is a minimum acceptable score to obtain credit for the course. You can find this in our Undergraduate Catalog.
If you took a college course, you will need to send the transcript directly from the college to us once you complete the course. Our address is:
820 N Washington Ave
Madison, SD 57042
When is the application deadline?
We do not have a deadline for the application. Although we do not recommend waiting until a few days before the semester starts to apply as we need time to receive required documents for the acceptance process.
Are students required to lease the Tablet PC?
No, a student may opt out of the program if their machine meets the system requirements set by the university. The student must fill out an opt-out form each semester.
If the student decides to bring their own tablet, they will still be required to pay a small technology fee that includes campus network access and basic troubleshooting from the help desk.
Can I bring my own computer along with my leased Tablet PC?
Yes! You can bring your own laptop, desk top, Xbox, PS3, Wii or other electronic device to campus. You can also use the wireless Internet to use any of these devices.
Is there an application form to fill out for the Champion Scholarship
If you are a freshman, then you do not have to fill out an application form for the champion scholarship. We use your ACT and final high school GPA for eligibility.
If you are a transfer, then you will need to fill out the Transfer Champion Application Form. Freshman and transfers, also can fill out the general scholarship application form. Please the scholarship webpage for both these forms.
I have received information from companies saying they can fill out my financial aid for a fee. Should I pay them to do it?
NO! Students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov. You should never pay to have your FAFSA form filled out, it is free to complete yourself.
If you ever have any questions or concerns with the Financial Aid process, please contact our Financial Aid office at 605 256 5152.
If I need a tutor, do I have to pay for one?
No! We have in-person and online tutoring available for no cost. We also have other student development resources, such as student success assistance, personal and drug and alcohol counseling available to all students for free.
Am I required to live in the residence halls?
You are required to live on-campus in the residence halls the first two years after you graduate high school. If your parents live within 75 miles of campus, then you may stay with them if you so choose. This DOES NOT include staying with a grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, etc. There can also be exemptions made for medical issues and financial hardship. Please see the housing site for more information.?
How many students live on-campus?
We have around 600 students living in our residence halls on-campus. DSU has approximately 1300 students attending classes on the main campus and 3100 total students.
What about student health?
Our student health office is located at Interlakes Medical Center, right across from campus. Each student visits the Nurse's Station for an initial evaluation. If the nurse refers you to a physician/physician assistant, the nurse will make an appointment.
Each student is allowed three office visits with a physician or PA. This is NOT substitution for medical insurance and we strongly recommend that you have health insurance.