Dakota State University students walking around campus

Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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About DSU

Uniting on an upward pace

In 1881, Dakota State University was founded as a school for teacher education, in the Dakota Territory. Though we have since shifted our primary focus of education to the cyber world, Dakota State remains one of the few universities in the nation, who provides students with the technology needed to excel in any career.

Dakota State University is located in the ancestral territory of the Oceti Sakowin, an alliance made up of the Isanti, Ihanktunwan, and Titunwan. Today, these peoples are represented by the nine federally recognized tribes of South Dakota: The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

As a united front, our Trojans remain on an upward trajectory into the future. We’re growing at a fast pace, expanding our campus, and immersing ourselves in the most advanced and innovative technologies. We want you to rise with us.

Students displaying research projects.

Research and economic development

Research at Dakota State is rising. Over the last several years, DSU researchers have expanded their initiatives from peer-reviewed publications and high-profile conference presentations, to include new infrastructure, internationally relevant accolades for their work, and an ever-growing community of partners. Dakota State University researchers garner funding from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as some international sources.

Research @ DSU

Picture of DSU campus with students walking on paths.


Ranked among The Best Online Colleges in South Dakota for 2020 by TheBestSchools.orgDakota State University offers a variety of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs through four colleges.

Our online programs are named one of the best values based on OnlineSchoolscenter.com, and the most affordable by CollegeValuesOnline.comThere are plenty of programs at DSU Online such as Accounting, Business Management, Computer Science, Cyber Operations, Elementary Education, Health Informatics, Information Systems, Marketing, Network and Security Administration, and more. 

Dakota State has also earned the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School designation by means of affordable tuition, quality degrees, and unique partnerships that help military members succeed.

Professor in class teaching students.


Our accreditations demonstrate the quality of programs across our campus. Accreditations impact Dakota State in a variety of ways, including student eligibility for federal assistance or loans, enabling graduates to sit for certification exams, and assuring all our constituencies that DSU meets or exceeds quality standards.

  • Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • South Dakota Department of Education
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

DSU Accreditations


2019 marks the largest freshman class in DSU history


Million dollar operating budget


Placement rate for our graduating class


Total student headcount


Total headcount of internet-only students


Buildings on almost 70 acres

Where everyone’s welcome


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3:00 PM


September 16
12:00 PM

Learn at Lunch

October 15
7:30 PM

Rushing Water: a Chat Aqua

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DSU’s CySP students walking around campus.

DSU students win at Capture the Flag

There are no downsides to a Capture the Flag competition. Students reinforce classroom knowledge, develop new skills, and when they are hired by businesses, those companies benefit. DSU students are big advocates – and big winners – in CTF competitions.

DSU Library Director Jan Brue Enright

Jan Enright named Librarian of the Year

DSU Library Director Jan Brue Enright has been named South Dakota Library Association (SDLA) Librarian of the Year for 2021.

DSU’s 2021-2022 CyberCorps cohort: Evan Slominski (back left), Janessa Palmieri, Jacob Hince; Nathan Ord (row two, left) Austen King, Chirawat Yooyuenyong; Gib Elder (front left), Nick Sandison, Evan Watson, Ethan Havard. Not pictured, Nicholas Handberg.

DSU announces new CyberCorps cohort

DSU’s 11 new CyberCorps students should put this scholarship award prominently on their résumés because it shows they are at the top of their class. This scholarship for service program began at DSU in 2011 and has supported 113 students with their education.

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